The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Japan presents a synthesized, interdisciplinary study of contemporary Japan based on up-to-date theoretical models designed to provide readers with a comprehensive and full understanding of the dynamics of contemporary Japan. In order to achieve this, the Handbook is organized into two parts. Part I, ‘Foundations’, clarifies the state of contemporary Japan topic by topic by referring to the latest theoretical developments in the relevant disciplinary fields of politics, international relations, economy, society, culture and the personal. Part II, ‘Issues’, then offers a series of concrete analyses building upon the theoretical discussions introduced in Part I to help undergraduate and postgraduate students learn how to conduct independent analysis.
Locating Japan in a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective, this Handbook is an essential resource for students and scholars interested in Japanese studies, Asian studies and global studies.
Table of Contents
Hiroko Takeda & Mark Williams
Part I Foundations
1. History: War Memory and Japan’s "Postwar"
2. Politics: after the Demise of the "1955 System"
3. The Law in Japan
Giorgio Fabio Colombo
4. The Japanese Economy
5. Work and Employment: Inside, outside and beyond the Lifetime Employment Model
Steffen Heinrich & Jun Imai
6. Civil Society in Japan
Mary Alice Haddad
7. Structures and Dynamics of Japan’s Urban-Rural Relationship
8. Japan’s New Immigration: Gap in Admission Policy and Diversity in Socio-economic Integration’
9. Discursive Politics of Gender in Japan
10. Family and Demographic Issues in Japan
Mary C. Brinton
11. Popular Imagination in Japan
12. Japan’s International Relations
Christopher W. Hughes & Misato Matsuoka
Part II Issues
13. Democracy in Japan
Sherry L. Martin
14. Japan’s Territorial Problems: Continuing Legacies of the San Francisco System
15. The Politics of Nationalism and Identity in Contemporary Japan
16. Employment Regulation and Practices: The Production and Consumption of Non-Regular Work
17. Energy Issues in Japan
18. Japan and the Environment: Industrial Pollution, Biodiversity Loss, and Climate Change
19. Japan’s Post Catch-up Modernity: Educational Transformation and its Unintended Consequences
20. University Reform in Japan
21. Studying Japan’s Generations
Agata Kapturkiewicz & Tuukka Toivonen
22. Gender Equality in Japan
23. Femininity and Masculinity
Laura Dales & Futoshi Taga
Takayoshi Yamamura and Philip Seaton
28. Young Urban Migrants in the Japanese Countryside between Self-Realization and Slow Life? The Quest for "Small-scale Happiness" and Alternative Lifestyles in Post-growth Japan
29. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games: The Political Economy of Tokyo Hosting the World
30. Social Malaise in Japan
31. Media in Japan
32. Mobile Reflections: Rethinking Digitality in a post 3/11 Japan
33. Okinawa: Rooting and routing of Uchinānchu and Shimā
34. The Great East Japan Earthquake and Post-Disaster Japan
Allison Kwesell & Joo-Young Jung
Hiroko Takeda is Professor of Political Analysis at Nagoya University, Japan.
Mark Williams is Vice President for International Academic Exchange at the International Christian University Tokyo, Japan.