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Impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the transnationalization of LGBT* activism in Japan and beyond


Yamamura,  Sakura       
Socio-Cultural Diversity, MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Max Planck Society;

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Yamamura, S. (2022). Impact of Covid-19 pandemic on the transnationalization of LGBT* activism in Japan and beyond. Global Networks, 1-12. doi:10.1111/glob.12423.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-000C-07A3-4
The global Covid-19 pandemic has strongly impacted social practices, relocating communications and social networks into the digital space. Contextualized in such impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the local LGBT* activism in Japan achieved a special momentum: both the acceleration of the socio-spatial relocation of LGBT* activism to the digital space and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by 1 year enabled activists to mobilize people domestically and globally. The pandemic was not the actual cause or driver of the local LGBT* activism, yet it has been an important catalyst for the transnationalization of the local movement in Japan, pushing evidently the spatial boundaries to achieve broader public outreach but in turn also receiving stronger support from the global community through transnational networks. This study explores novel dynamics of spatiality and temporality of social transformations through the Covid-19-induced increase in global digital connectedness as well as transnationalization of local actions.