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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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Wildlife, Landscape Use and society Regional Case Studies in Japan

Wildlife, Landscape Use and society Regional Case Studies in Japan

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Ken Sugimura
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....

Women and Political Inequality in Japan Gender Imbalanced Democracy

Women and Political Inequality in Japan Gender Imbalanced Democracy

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Forthcoming

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 13% 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

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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

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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

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Genaro Castro-Vázquez
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 ...

New Frontiers in Japanese Studies

New Frontiers in Japanese Studies

1st Edition

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 ...

Locating Heisei in Japanese Fiction and Film The Historical Imagination of the Lost Decades

Locating Heisei in Japanese Fiction and Film The Historical Imagination of the Lost Decades

1st Edition

Marc Yamada
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 ...

Cultural and Social Division in Contemporary Japan Rethinking Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion

Cultural and Social Division in Contemporary Japan Rethinking Discourses of Inclusion and Exclusion

1st Edition

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 ...

Social Trauma, Narrative Memory, and Recovery in Japanese Literature and Film

Social Trauma, Narrative Memory, and Recovery in Japanese Literature and Film

1st Edition

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 ...

Japanese Culture Through Videogames

Japanese Culture Through Videogames

1st Edition

Rachael Hutchinson
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. ...

Zainichi Korean Women in Japan Voices

Zainichi Korean Women in Japan Voices

1st Edition

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...

Animism in Contemporary Japan Voices for the Anthropocene from post-Fukushima Japan

Animism in Contemporary Japan Voices for the Anthropocene from post-Fukushima Japan

1st Edition

Shoko Yoneyama
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 ...

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