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Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies


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Despite Japan's importance in the modern world, much about Japan remains unknown outside the country. This series provides informative, original, detailed studies on a variety of aspects of modern Japan.
It has established itself as an authoritative available source of scholarship on all aspects of Japan. Publishing policy is directed by some of the most respected names in Japanese studies.

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The Failure of Political Opposition in Japan Implications for Democracy and a Vision of the Future

The Failure of Political Opposition in Japan: Implications for Democracy and a Vision of the Future

1st Edition

By Arthur Stockwin
October 26, 2022

This book explores the party politics and political system of Japan, which since 1955 has been dominated by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), with a particular focus on the evolution of LDP governments between the 1990s and 2010s. Through its evaluation of the legacy of post-war opposition ...

Gradual Institutional Change in Japan Kantei Leadership under the Abe Administration

Gradual Institutional Change in Japan: Kantei Leadership under the Abe Administration

1st Edition

By Karol Zakowski
August 01, 2022

This book analyses institutional reforms implemented by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, under his second administration from 2012 to 2020. Also examined is the evolution in the role of such actors in Japanese politics as bureaucrats, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) factions, and ...

Child Guidance Centres in Japan Alternative Care, Social Work, and the Family

Child Guidance Centres in Japan: Alternative Care, Social Work, and the Family

1st Edition

By Michael Rivera King
April 29, 2022

In contemporary Japan, 85% of children in alternative care remain housed in large welfare institutions, as opposed to family-based foster care. This publication examines how Japan has been isolated from global discourse on alternative care, urging a shift in social work and alternative care ...

New Directions in Japan’s Security Non-U.S. Centric Evolution

New Directions in Japan’s Security: Non-U.S. Centric Evolution

1st Edition

Edited By Paul Midford, Wilhelm Vosse
April 29, 2022

While the US-Japan alliance has strengthened since the end of the Cold War, Japan has, almost unnoticed, been building security ties with other partners, in the process reducing the centrality of the US in Japan’s security. This book explains why this is happening. Japan pursued security ...

Fall-out from Fukushima Nuclear Evacuees Seeking Compensation and Legal Protection After the Triple Meltdown

Fall-out from Fukushima: Nuclear Evacuees Seeking Compensation and Legal Protection After the Triple Meltdown

1st Edition

By Giulia de Togni
November 25, 2021

This book shows how the Fukushima plaintiffs have challenged narratives of safety and risk containment produced by TEPCO and the Japanese government through offering new empirical data on risk perceptions and life choices of some nuclear evacuees. Considering the Fukushima evacuees’ disappearance ...

Dōwa Policy and Japanese Politics

Dōwa Policy and Japanese Politics

1st Edition

By Ian Neary
August 27, 2021

This book locates the development of Dōwa policy projects within their historical and political context, offering examples of human rights protection in a non-Western society. Charting Dōwa policy from its origins in the pre-war period to its revival after 1945 up to the turn of the 21st century, ...

Rethinking Locality in Japan

Rethinking Locality in Japan

1st Edition

Edited By Sonja Ganseforth, Hanno Jentzsch
July 20, 2021

This book inquires what is meant when we say "local" and what "local" means in the Japanese context. Through the window of locality, it enhances an understanding of broader political and socio-economic shifts in Japan. This includes demographic change, electoral and administrative reform, rural ...

Tenkō: Cultures of Political Conversion in Transwar Japan

Tenkō: Cultures of Political Conversion in Transwar Japan

1st Edition

Edited By Irena Hayter, George T. Sipos, Mark Williams
June 17, 2021

This book approaches the concept of tenkō (political conversion) as a response to the global crisis of interwar modernity, as opposed to a distinctly Japanese experience in postwar debates. Tenkō connotes the expressions of ideological conversion performed by members of the Japanese Communist Party...

History of Japanese Economic Thought

History of Japanese Economic Thought

1st Edition

By Tessa Morris Suzuki
November 22, 1991

Economics, in the modern sense of the word, was introduced into Japan in the second half of the nineteenth century. However, Japanese thinkers had already developed, during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, a variety of interesting approaches to issues such as the causes of inflation, the ...

Japan’s New Ruralities Coping with Decline in the Periphery

Japan’s New Ruralities: Coping with Decline in the Periphery

1st Edition

Edited By Wolfram Manzenreiter, Ralph Lützeler, Sebastian Polak-Rottmann
February 21, 2020

Seeking to challenge negative perceptions within Japanese media and politics on the future of the countryside, the contributors to this book present a counterargument to the inevitable demise of rural society. Contrary to the dominant argument, which holds outmigration and demographic hyper-aging ...

Japan and the New Silk Road Diplomacy, Development and Connectivity

Japan and the New Silk Road: Diplomacy, Development and Connectivity

1st Edition

By Nikolay Murashkin
February 12, 2020

This book presents a study of Japanese involvement in post-Soviet Central Asia since the independence of these countries in 1991, examining the reasons for progress and stagnation in this multi-lateral relationship. Featuring interviews with decision-makers and experts from Japan, China, Kazakhstan...

The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan The Realities of ‘Power’

The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan: The Realities of ‘Power’

1st Edition

By Kōji Nakakita
February 12, 2020

This book provides a thorough analysis of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP), from a variety of perspectives including its factions, party presidential elections, the distribution of posts, national elections, local organisations, the policy making process and partner organisations. ...

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