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Jason Jones

Lecturer in Japanese Studies, Monash University

Bio: Jason Jones took to Japan early in life, when he began importing Japanese video games that were never translated for the international market. Being unable read the text and thus understand the storylines of these games, he began learning Japanese. This eventually led to him pursuing a PhD in Japan.

Jason is Coordinator of Japanese Studies at Monash University. His work centres on cultural adaptation as represented in Japanese film, television, animation, manga, and other texts. His most recent research topics have seen him examining the world from the perspective of the Japanese sommelier in wine manga--yes, there is such a thing--and (re)visiting the 1960s, 70s and 80s to investigate the image-creating capacity of US media products in Japan, such as the oft-imitated dance show, _Soul Train_.

Jason leverages the knowledge gained throughout his more than 10 years living in Japan to teach a range of units on various topics, including Japanese language, Japanese popular culture and screen translation. He is also an active subtitler and scripter for a number of international streaming services.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Japanese Studies, Monash University


  • 2009 
    Osaka University, PhD / Language and Culture