The current era, referred to as the Heisei era, a new generation of photographers who did not live through World War II, have a different viewpoint.
According to an interview with Marc Feustel, the curator of the 2009-10 exhibit, Japan: A Self Portrait, "Contemporary photographers tend to have a more detached, sometimes deliberately cold and distant approach and many more works deal with major societal issues through the prism of personal identity and the ordinariness of the everyday."
One can look no further about the future of Japanese photographers by studying the work of the young artists at the popular 35 Minutes Gallery in Toyko.
The work of these artists range from close-up portraits to a study of the adult film industry.
The gallery is run by a group of artists who call themselves the 35 Minutesmen and who exhibit together once a month. It's housed in an old photo processing plant, which has turned into a kind of performace space of people milling around an odd assortment of photographic displays.