Published Writing

Yonsei Journal of International Studies
The Japanese government implemented what can be perceived as a short-term fix for the lack of available workforce by easing immigration restrictions and supporting a rapid influx of international workers at a level never seen by the country. To better understand the reality and prioritization of immigration in Japan, this paper will compare documents released by governmental agencies with written newspaper articles directed towards domestic and international audiences. This comparison will expose and highlight the dissonance in perspectives concerning the effectiveness of Japan’s immigration policy. Through examining Japan’s domestic newspapers and policies and outward-facing media, including governmental agencies’ documents aimed at international audiences, this dissonance emerges to reveal a cacophony of competing views over the current stage of immigration policy. Moreover, this comparison unveils how Japan walks a tightrope of fluctuating communication strategies to showcase effective immigration, such as assimilation and diversification, while enacting policies that support the use of immigration for economic purposes merely for short-term support, and how that dissonance is bleeding into the perceptions of media.
August, 2021
The Global Political Youth Movement:
Born out of necessity, the voice of the youth is actively taking control of and directing the narrative-future of their countries. Stereotypically ignored compared to the West, it is important to highlight the crucial and leading examples in Asian countries. In this article Matthew F. Fleming discusses the current global political youth movements and their desire to change the world.
November, 2020
Contextualizing Japan’s Relationship with Radiation
"From large death counts and multiple forms of survivors with life-long injuries, to the destruction of any sense of normality for people through displacements and contaminations of the land and water, the term Hibakusha truly encompasses what Japan's relationship with radiation really is." In this article, Fleming attempts to contextualize Japan's relationship with radiation as one encompassed by its victims and survivors. Through highlighting the history and various forms of exposure to bombings, black rain, nuclear testing, and nuclear power meltdowns, Fleming hopes to contribute to the expanding discourse on what it means to have a relationship with radiation.
September, 2021
Baekdu-Daegan As The Spine of Korea
In this article, Matthew F. Fleming highlights the historical cultural, spiritual, and geographical importance of the Baekdu-Daegan mountain range on the Korean peninsula. Covering concepts of Gi, Pungsu Jiri, Deities, Geography, and War, Fleming draws attention to the range’s multi-faceted construction of significance in addition to this recent use as a political symbol for unification.
April, 2021
Human Rights Protection: Contact Tracing In South Korea
Throughout history, there are moments in time that require extreme and unprecedented actions to combat them. While the necessity of these reactions is built on the substantial merit of validation, hastily and unchecked establishments have created unintended precedents for future laws. In this article, Matthew F. Fleming discusses the use of contact tracing in South Korea in response to the Covid-19 Pandemic and discusses the need for human rights protections alongside any form of emergency governmental action.
January, 2021
Examining S. Korea’s Issue With Food From Fukushima
“This controversy would center on the use of food from Fukushima at the Olympic Village and an argument surrounding radioactivity. However, contrary to public discourse, this controversy was not simply an issue of health, but a continuation of a conflict narrative between two countries' pre-existing political agendas clashing at the political platform of the Olympics.” In this article, Matthew F. Fleming attempts to highlight a more holistic understanding of the Japanese Olympic food issue between Japan and South Korea. Fleming argues that despite the topic's recent coverage as an Olympics-related issue, this contention is merely being carried over into the operations and media coverage of the Olympics from the already pre-existing conflict over the agriculture and fishery of the area around Fukushima.
October, 2021
Japan’s Reevaluation of Individual Purpose
“What is it that makes life worth living? ... Originating in Okinawa, Japan, the word Ikigai refers to a person's reason and purpose in life. However, recently the rules of where this ikigai or happiness lies are changing.” In this article, Matthew F. Fleming highlights the decaying romanticization of self-sacrifice and the recent shifts towards finding happiness and purpose in personal development amongst the Japanese People.
March, 2021
Humanity In Coverage: Activists In Asia You Should Know
In this article for NOVAsia, Fleming attempt to highlight two ongoing and critical movements concerning pro-democracy and human rights defenses by highlighting a leading young activist in each movement. Through amplifying their experiences and efforts, Fleming hope to contribute to the growing awareness of individual realities of those directly working in the movements or topics that have turned into international discourses.
December, 2021
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