1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Japan

Edited By Hiroko Takeda, Mark Williams Copyright 2021
    532 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    532 Pages 48 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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



    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.