Atsumi Nakao received her MA in Ritsumeikan Asian University. In her MA thesis, “Cultural Ethnography of Decorative Rebellion: Japanese Girls Subculture in Harajuku”, she conducted an ethnographic research on Harajuku district, Tokyo, where young people embrace latest fashion and Kawaii culture, and explored how the participants of the subculture recreate the meaning and morals out of the pre-existing ideologies.

Her research interests lie in female representation in contemporary Japanese visual media, including woman writer’s activities in Meiji era, the mobilization of female subculture by the hegemony of neoliberalism and neo-imperial gaze towards Okinawa in films from the late 1990s.

Her current research focuses on Japanese rape culture and the exploitation of juvenile in Japanese manga and anime.