Prof. Mimi Okabe.

Published March 24, 2023

Manga, Murder and Mystery: The Boy Detectives of Japan's Lost Generation

Mimi Okabe, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor
Asian Studies Program

Mimi Okabe is an award-winning teacher who is now a clinical assistant professor of Japanese Cultural Studies at the University at Buffalo in the Asian Studies Program. She teaches courses such as Anime and Japanese popular culture! Her forthcoming book, Manga, Murder and Mystery (July 2023) advances new insight in Japanese Studies and detective fiction criticism, as it explores children’s mystery stories appearing in Japanese manga, tracing the literary figure of the boy detective over the course of Japan’s ‘lost decade’ (1990 – 2001) to explore broader social expectations of youth in contemporary Japan. Aside from her academic work, Mimi is also the co-founder of Japanese for Nikkei, an online education platform for the global Japanese diaspora. For updated CV, publication & research activities, please visit her website:

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