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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Japan

ISBN 9781138668614
Published September 22, 2020 by Routledge
532 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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"

Elyssa Faison

2. Politics: after the Demise of the "1955 System"

Gill Steel

3. The Law in Japan

Giorgio Fabio Colombo

4. The Japanese Economy

Franz Waldenberger

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

Thomas Feldhoff

8. Japan’s New Immigration: Gap in Admission Policy and Diversity in Socio-economic Integration’

David Chiavacci

9. Discursive Politics of Gender in Japan

Hiroko Takeda

10. Family and Demographic Issues in Japan

Mary C. Brinton

11. Popular Imagination in Japan

Rumi Sakamoto

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

Kimie Hara

15. The Politics of Nationalism and Identity in Contemporary Japan

Jeff Kingston

16. Employment Regulation and Practices: The Production and Consumption of Non-Regular Work

Huiyan Fu

17. Energy Issues in Japan

Andrew DeWit

18. Japan and the Environment: Industrial Pollution, Biodiversity Loss, and Climate Change

Peter Matanle

19. Japan’s Post Catch-up Modernity: Educational Transformation and its Unintended Consequences

Takehiko Kariya

20. University Reform in Japan

Takamichi Mito

21. Studying Japan’s Generations

Agata Kapturkiewicz & Tuukka Toivonen

22. Gender Equality in Japan

Priscilla Lambert

23. Femininity and Masculinity

Laura Dales & Futoshi Taga

24. LGBT

Hiroyuki Taniguchi

25. Consumerism

Alexandra Hambleton

26. Food

Nicolas Sternsdorff-Cisterna

27. Tourism

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

Susanne Klien

29. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games: The Political Economy of Tokyo Hosting the World

Wolfram Manzenreiter

30. Social Malaise in Japan

Roman Rosenbaum

31. Media in Japan

Yoshitaka Mōri

32. Mobile Reflections: Rethinking Digitality in a post 3/11 Japan

Larissa Hjorth

33. Okinawa: Rooting and routing of Uchinānchu and Shimā

Ayano Ginoza

34. The Great East Japan Earthquake and Post-Disaster Japan

Allison Kwesell & Joo-Young Jung


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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.