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Prof. Renato Rivera Rusca

Renato Rivera Rusca, M.A. is a graduate of the Japanese Studies program at Stirling University in Scotland and conducted his postgraduate research in sociology and Japanese popular culture in Osaka University and Kyoto University. He has lectured at the Manga Faculty at Kyoto Seika University and has participated in many projects organized by the Kyoto International Manga Museum. Prof. Rusca teaches classes on manga and animation culture at the School of Global Japanese Studies, Meiji University and coordinates the Meiji University Cool Japan Summer Program. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Astrosociology Research Institute. His publications include chapters in the essay collection Manga Vision: Cultural and Communicative Perspectives (Monash University Publishing) and Mechademia vol. 8: Tezuka's Manga Life (University of Minnesota Press) in English, and 『宇宙エレベーターの本:実現したら未来はこうなる』(Uchuu Erebeetaa no hon: jitsugen shitara mirai wa kou naru / The Space Elevator Book: The Shape of the FutureSociety) (Aspect Publishing) in Japanese.