AKIRA: We feature both Western and Asian writers. We try to establish a place for dialogue with the past. Postmodern theory became so trendy during the ‘80s that we forgot its starting point. Since the ‘20s, Japan has had a fairly strong Marxist tradition. It is against that background that a critic like Kobayashi Hideo, who is somewhat comparable to Walter Benjamin, emerged. There was also Maruyama Masao, who was like a Japanese counterpart to Max Weber. In the ‘60s, every cultural theory student read Kobayashi and Maruyama. But now the younger generation seems to have forgotten the starting point. I feel that we have to continue the tradition of modernist critique. That’s why we founded Critical Space.