ICAS Event: Rey Ventura (withTom Gill) on "Japan-Philippine Relations as Experienced by ‘Standing Men’"

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010
7:00 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Mita Hall 502 (Access)
Rey Ventura and Tom Gill
Kyle Cleveland
Open to general public.
You can purchase a bento and drinks at the convenience store next to the university.
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About the Event

A lecture and documentary film screening by journalist and author Rey Ventura, with discussion and commentary by Tom Gill, Professor of Social Anthropology at Meiji Gakuin University.

The lecture and film by Rey Ventura will address the personal experience of marginally employed migrants, who are subject to the changing economic fortunes and political climate of Japan, as it attempts to regulate its labor supply and exert social control over its “guest” workers.

The presentation will include the screening of a 30-minute documentary film which shows the challenges faced by Filipino migrant workers in the intensive community of Kotobukicho, a day laborers’ center in Yokohama, which was the basis for Rey Ventura’s book “Underground in Japan” (1992) and “Into the Land of Standing Men” (2007). Kotobuki – with its infamous “Yoseba” (a black market for supplying day labor in Japan) and “Doya-gai” (day laborers’ lodgings) – was also the research site for Professor Gill’s ethnographic study “Men of Uncertainty” (1996).


Rey Ventura is a journalist, documentary filmmaker and author of “Underground in Japan” (1992), and “Into the Country of Standing Men” (2007), based upon his experience of as a day laborer in Yokohama’s Kotobukicho. From 1996 to 2001, he was the Manila correspondent of Asia Press International, a Tokyo-based news agency, and is now working on a manuscript based on his six-year reportage. His documentary films have been aired on NHK, Fuji TV, Asahi Newsstar, MxTV, and BS 11.

Tom Gill is Professor of Social Anthropology in the Faculty of International Studies at Meiji Gakuin University, whose work focuses on Marginalized People in Japan. He is the author of “Men of Uncertainty: The Social Organization of Day Laborers in Contemporary Japan,” Editor of “Globalization and Social Change in Contemporary Japan,” (with J.S. Eades and Harumi Befu), and is currently working on a project on homelessness in Japan, the U.S. and Britain.

About ICAS
The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.

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