The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Japan.
Avant-Garde Art and Non-Dominant Thought in Postwar Japan Image, Matter, Separation
New Frontiers in Japanese Studies
Locating Heisei in Japanese Fiction and Film The Historical Imagination of the Lost Decades
December 31, 2020
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....
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 13% of local assemblies. According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, this places Japan 164th out of 193 countries when it comes to women...
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 ...
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 ...
March 25, 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 ...
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 ...
October 31, 2019
This book provides the first interdisciplinary examination of the popular fiction and film of the “lost decades” of Japan’s Heisei period (1989–2019). Presenting original analysis of major Heisei writers, filmmakers, and manga artists, the chapters examine the work of Urasawa Naoki, Kurosawa ...
Yoshikazu Shiobara, Kohei Kawabata, Joel Matthews
August 02, 2019
The recent manifestation of exclusionism in Japan has emerged at a time of intensified neoliberal economic policies, increased cross-border migration brought on by globalization, the elevated threat of global terrorism, heightened tensions between East Asian states over historical and territorial ...
David C. Stahl
July 19, 2019
This book provides a comprehensive analysis of major works in Japanese literature and film through the interpretive lens of trauma and PTSD studies. Focusing critical attention on the psychodynamics and enduring psychosocial aftereffects of social trauma, it also evaluates the themes of ...
June 13, 2019
Examining a wide range of Japanese videogames, including arcade fighting games, PC-based strategy games and console JRPGs, this book assesses their cultural significance and shows how gameplay and context can be analyzed together to understand videogames as a dynamic mode of artistic expression. ...
Jackie J. Kim-Wachutka
November 26, 2018
Presenting the voices of a unique group within contemporary Japanese society—Zainichi women—this book provides a fresh insight into their experiences of oppression and marginalization that over time have led to liberation and empowerment. Often viewed as unimportant and inconsequential, these women...
November 28, 2018
‘Postmodern animism’ first emerged in grassroots Japan in the aftermath of mercury poisoning in Minamata and the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. Fusing critiques of modernity with intangible cultural heritages, it represents a philosophy of the life-world, where nature is a manifestation of a ...