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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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Japanese Media and the Intelligentsia after Fukushima Disaster Culture

Japanese Media and the Intelligentsia after Fukushima: Disaster Culture

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Katsuyuki Hidaka
February 18, 2022

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

Forthcoming

By Nadejda Gadjeva
January 24, 2022

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 ...

Japanese War Orphans Abandoned Twice by the State

Japanese War Orphans: Abandoned Twice by the State

1st Edition

By Jiaxin Zhong
November 26, 2021

After Japan's defeat in August 1945, some Japanese children were abandoned in China and raised by Chinese foster parents. They were unable to return to Japan even during the mass repatriation carried out by the Japanese government in the 1950s. Most of them returned to Japan in the 1980s. They are ...

Zainichi Koreans and Mental Health Psychiatric Problem in Japanese Korean Minorities, Their Social Background and Life Story

Zainichi Koreans and Mental Health: Psychiatric Problem in Japanese Korean Minorities, Their Social Background and Life Story

1st Edition

By Taeyoung Kim
October 27, 2021

Using a qualitative, interview-based approach, Kim investigates how conflicting identities and social marginalization affect the mental health of members of the ethnic Korean minority living in Japan. So-called “Zainichi” Koreans living in Japan have a higher suicide rate than native Japanese, or ...

Somaesthetics and the Philosophy of Culture Projects in Japan

Somaesthetics and the Philosophy of Culture: Projects in Japan

1st Edition

By Satoshi Higuchi
April 20, 2021

“I regard Higuchi’s book as particularly valuable because it highlights dimensions of somaesthetics that have not been sufficiently explored. I refer not only to the various traditional Japanese somatic disciplines whose somaesthetics aspects Higuchi reveals, but also to central topics far beyond ...

Japan’s Nationalist Right in the Internet Age Online Media and Grassroots Conservative Activism

Japan’s Nationalist Right in the Internet Age: Online Media and Grassroots Conservative Activism

1st Edition

By Jeffrey J. Hall
April 07, 2021

Japan’s nationalist right have used the internet to organize offline activism in increasingly visible ways. Hall investigates the role of internet-mediated activism in Japan’s ongoing historical and territorial disputes. He explores the emergence of two right-wing activist organizations, Nihon ...

Wildlife, Landscape Use and Society Regional Case Studies in Japan

Wildlife, Landscape Use and Society: Regional Case Studies in Japan

1st Edition

By Ken Sugimura
March 09, 2021

A comprehensive analysis of the various terrestrial natural landscapes and habitats within Japan, and the efforts to sustain and conserve them and sustain landscape services. In 2011, Conservation International designated the Japanese islands collectively as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots...

Women and Political Inequality in Japan Gender Imbalanced Democracy

Women and Political Inequality in Japan: Gender Imbalanced Democracy

1st Edition

By Mikiko Eto
December 18, 2020

Why are there so few Japanese women involved in the political system? In 2019, Japanese women made up 10% of the national Lower House, 21% of the Upper House, and 14% of local assemblies. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, this places Japan 164th out of 193 countries when it comes to women...

Avant-Garde Art and Non-Dominant Thought in Postwar Japan Image, Matter, Separation

Avant-Garde Art and Non-Dominant Thought in Postwar Japan: Image, Matter, Separation

1st Edition

By K. Yoshida
November 16, 2020

This book offers a reassessment of how "matter" – in the context of art history, criticism, and architecture – pursued a radical definition of "multiplicity", against the dominant and hierarchical tendencies underwriting post-fascist Japan. Through theoretical analysis of works by artists and ...

Social Change in Japan, 1989-2019 Social Status, Social Consciousness, Attitudes and Values

Social Change in Japan, 1989-2019: Social Status, Social Consciousness, Attitudes and Values

1st Edition

Edited By Carola Hommerich, Naoki Sudo, Toru Kikkawa
October 16, 2020

Based on extensive survey data, this book examines how the population of Japan has experienced and processed three decades of rapid social change from the highly egalitarian high growth economy of the 1980s to the economically stagnating and demographically shrinking gap society of the 2010s. It ...

Masculinity and Body Weight in Japan Grappling with Metabolic Syndrome

Masculinity and Body Weight in Japan: Grappling with Metabolic Syndrome

1st Edition

By Genaro Castro-Vázquez
March 31, 2020

Drawing on the concept of the somatic self, Castro-Vázquez explores how Japanese men think about, express and interpret their experiences concerning bodyweight control. Based on an extensive ethnographic investigation, this book offers a compelling analysis of male obesity and overweight in Japan ...

New Frontiers in Japanese Studies

New Frontiers in Japanese Studies

1st Edition

Edited By Akihiro Ogawa, Philip Seaton
March 31, 2020

Over the last 70 years, Japanese Studies scholarship has gone through several dominant paradigms, from ‘demystifying the Japanese’, to analysis of Japanese economic strength, to discussion of global interest in Japanese popular culture. This book assesses this literature, considering future ...

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