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Routledge Contemporary Japan Series


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The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Japan.

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Space and Play in Japanese Videogame Arcades

Space and Play in Japanese Videogame Arcades

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By Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon
May 07, 2024

This book presents a scholarly investigation of the development and culture of Japanese videogame arcades, both from a historical and contemporary point of view.   Providing an overview of the historical evolution of public amusement spaces from the early rooftop amusement spaces from the early ...

Dark Heritage in Contemporary Japan Relics of an Underground Empire

Dark Heritage in Contemporary Japan: Relics of an Underground Empire

1st Edition

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By Jung-Sun Han
April 23, 2024

This book examines civic activism to conserve dark heritage built by the colonial and wartime labor regime in contemporary Japan. Introducing and analysing local organizations and their activities in multiple locations throughout Japan, this book looks at the ways in which the Japanese have ...

Japanese Whaling and the People Behind It A Look from Within

Japanese Whaling and the People Behind It: A Look from Within

1st Edition

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By Nadzeya Shutava
February 13, 2024

This book explores the recent developments in global and Japanese whaling from the viewpoint of the members of the Japanese whaling community, a perspective which is largely neglected and misinterpreted. Japanese whaling has been one of the most contentious issues in global environmental governance...

Lay Zen in Contemporary Japan Tradition, Interpretation, and Invention

Lay Zen in Contemporary Japan: Tradition, Interpretation, and Invention

1st Edition

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By Erez Joskovich
December 29, 2023

This book explores the emergence and growth of Zen as a non-monastic spiritual practice in modern Japan. Focusing on several prominent lay Zen associations, most notably Ningen Zen, it explores different aspects of lay Zen as a lived religion, such as organization, ideology, and ritual. Through a ...

Critical Review of the Abe Administration Politics of Conservatism and Realism

Critical Review of the Abe Administration: Politics of Conservatism and Realism

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Edited By Yoichi Funabashi, Koji Nakakita
December 12, 2023

The second Abe administration, which lasted for seven years and eight months, turned out to be the longest administration in Japan’s constitutional history. What factors contributed to its remarkable longevity? What accomplishments and enduring legacies did this administration achieve during its ...

Civil Defense in Japan Issues and Challenges

Civil Defense in Japan: Issues and Challenges

1st Edition

Edited By Yasuhiro Takeda, Jun Ito, Yusuke Kawashima
December 01, 2023

In 2004, Japan instituted a system to protect citizens against military attacks and terrorism for the first time after World War II. Faced with the Tokyo subway attack (1995), the 9/11 terrorist attacks (2001), and the changing security environment in East Asia, the Japanese government was forced ...

Mobile Japanese Migrants to the Pacific West and East Self-searching, Work, and Identification

Mobile Japanese Migrants to the Pacific West and East: Self-searching, Work, and Identification

1st Edition

By Etsuko Kato
December 01, 2023

This book explores “self-searching migrants,” a new group of indefinitely globally mobile people whose purpose of overseas stay is the search of true self and the work they really want to do, using Japanese trans-Pacific sojourners as the case study. Utilizing testimonies collected from interviews ...

The Crisis in Pro Baseball and Japan’s Lost Decade The Curious Resilience of Heisei Japan

The Crisis in Pro Baseball and Japan’s Lost Decade: The Curious Resilience of Heisei Japan

1st Edition

By Paul Dunscomb
October 27, 2023

This book examines Japan’s Heisei era through the lens of the crisis in Japanese professional baseball of 2004, challenging the narrative of decline that dominates the discourse on the period. The story of this crisis reveals much about the Japanese psyche during the “Lost Decade,” about the nature...

The Origin of Japan’s Protectionist Agricultural Policy Agricultural Administration in Modern Japan

The Origin of Japan’s Protectionist Agricultural Policy: Agricultural Administration in Modern Japan

1st Edition

By Hironori Sasada
October 27, 2023

This book explores the origins of Japan’s protectionist agricultural policies through an in-depth historical analysis of Japanese agricultural policies between the Meiji period and the end of WWII. It offers a constructivist account for the rise of protectionism, examining the policies of prewar ...

Challenging Nuclear Pacifism in Japan Hiroshima's Anti-nuclear Social Movements

Challenging Nuclear Pacifism in Japan: Hiroshima's Anti-nuclear Social Movements

1st Edition

By Masae Yuasa
October 02, 2023

Is Japan abandoning its pacifism? The Japanese government has claimed it is doubling its defense spending and has announced a plan to equip itself with the capability to “counterattack” enemy bases overseas, a departure from the nation’s postwar consensus. Shedding new light on Japan’s pacifism and...

Japanese Media and the Intelligentsia after Fukushima Disaster Culture

Japanese Media and the Intelligentsia after Fukushima: Disaster Culture

1st Edition

By Katsuyuki Hidaka
September 25, 2023

How and why does a catastrophic disaster change public discourse and social narratives? This is the first book to comprehensively investigate how Japanese newspapers, TV, documentary films, independent journalists, scientists, and intellectuals from the humanities and social sciences have ...

Japanese Public Diplomacy in European Countries The Japan Foundation in Bulgaria and France

Japanese Public Diplomacy in European Countries: The Japan Foundation in Bulgaria and France

1st Edition

By Nadejda Gadjeva
September 25, 2023

To address the issue of the lack of integration and common policy among Japan’s cultural promotion actors and institutions, Gadjeva explores an integrated approach for Japanese public diplomacy through public-private partnerships. She examines the potential of the Japan Foundation as a central ...

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