Avoiding the Spotlight: Japanese Celebrities in the Shadows of Privacy

Abstract: Celebrities are private citizens who voluntarily assume public roles in society. They crave attention, and yet—at certain times—they seek solitude. Once attracted, however, people and the press are not inclined to look away. Stories about the lives of entertainers, on and off the job, are a staple of magazines, television “wide shows,” internet sites, and social media chatter. This talk examines the sources of legal claims to protection of privacy in Japan and the countervailing right to freedom of speech and press. Societies differ in the balance they strike between the two. In Japan, social expectations about celebrities have significant weight. Famous people often conclude that their careers are better served by apologizing for private behavior than by seeking legal redress for its disclosure.

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Bio: Dan Rosen - Professor, Chuo Law School and Visiting Scholar (2017-2018) Melbourne Law School 

Dan Rosen is a professor at Chuo University Law School in Tokyo. He previously was a member of the Faculty of Law at Doshisha University in Kyoto and has taught as an adjuct or visiting professor at a number of other universities in Japan. He received his J.D. degree at Southern Methodist University, where he was Editor-in-Chief of Southwestern Law Journal (now called SMU Law Review). He then earned LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from the Yale Law School. Rosen served as a law clerk to then-Chief Judge James R. Browning, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He began his law teaching career at Loyola University Law School in New Orleans.

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