David Blecken
Mar 9, 2017

The inexact science of foreigners in Japanese advertising

A recent campaign prompts questions around the role of 'foreigners'.

Volvo's couple celebrate their semi-exoticism.

In a globalized world, being foreign’, either as a brand or an individual, means a lot less than it once did. Yet foreigners’ still serve a specific purpose in Japanese advertising, even if their role is evolving.

In a recent piece of work by Dentsu for Volvo and Uber Eats, a sophisticated if somewhat '1980s' Caucasian couple is shown savouring a seven-course menu in the back of a black vehicle. The video is aimed...

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