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Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Japan.

  • Animism in Contemporary Japan

    Voices for the Anthropocene from post-Fukushima Japan, 1st Edition

    By Shoko Yoneyama

    ‘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…

    Hardback – 2018-11-28
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  • Zainichi Korean Women in Japan

    Voices, 1st Edition

    By Jackie J. Kim-Wachutka

    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…

    Hardback – 2018-11-26
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  • Political Sociology of Japanese Pacifism

    1st Edition

    By Yukiko Nishikawa

    While Japanese pacifism is usually seen as a national policy or an ideology rooted in the provision of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution, it cannot be adequately understood without grasping Japanese social discourses on peace, war and justice. The perspective of political sociology provides a…

    Hardback – 2018-09-21
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  • Japan’s Colonial Moment in Southeast Asia 1942-1945

    The Occupiers’ Experience, 1st Edition

    By Nakano Satoshi

    The first-ever attempt to paint a full-scale portrait of the Japanese Occupation of Southeast Asia during the Asia-Pacific War (1942–5). This book draws on the huge body of available narrative—military documents, bureaucratic records and personal accounts of combatants and civilians, including…

    Hardback – 2018-09-19
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  • The Japanese Communist Party

    Permanent Opposition, but Moral Compass, 1st Edition

    By Peter Berton, Sam Atherton

    This book provides an historical overview of the Japanese Communist Party from its foundation to the present. It outlines the development of the party, explores its stance on key issues and discusses how the party has set a high moral tone, avoiding compromising coalitions with other parties, being…

    Hardback – 2018-06-14
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  • Being Young in Super-Aging Japan

    Formative Events and Cultural Reactions, 1st Edition

    Edited by Patrick Heinrich, Christian Galan

    Japan is not only the oldest society in the world today, but also the oldest society to have ever existed. This aging trend, however, presents many challenges to contemporary Japan, as it permeates all areas of life, from the economy and welfare to social cohesion and population decline. Nobody is…

    Hardback – 2018-05-23
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  • Gender and the Koseki In Contemporary Japan

    Surname, Power, and Privilege, 1st Edition

    By Linda White

    The Japanese koseki system is the legal and social structure keeping record of all Japanese citizens. Determined by the Civil Code and the Koseki Law, for activists challenging it, the koseki is also an ideological structure, which has produced patriarchal control through single-surname households.…

    Hardback – 2018-04-26
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  • Social Inequality in Post-Growth Japan

    Transformation during Economic and Demographic Stagnation, 1st Edition

    Edited by David Chiavacci, Carola Hommerich

    In recent decades Japan has changed from a strongly growing, economically successful nation regarded as prime example of social equality and inclusion, to a nation with a stagnating economy, a shrinking population and a very high proportion of elderly people. Within this, new forms of inequality…

    Paperback – 2017-12-21
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  • Japan's Quest for Stability in Southeast Asia

    Navigating the Turning Points in Postwar Asia, 1st Edition

    By Taizo Miyagi

    More than any other region in the world, Asia has witnessed tremendous change in the post-war era. A continent once engulfed by independence and revolution, and later by the Cold War and civil war, has now been transformed into the world’s most economically dynamic region. What caused this change…

    Hardback – 2017-12-15
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  • Japan's Foreign Aid to Africa

    Angola and Mozambique within the TICAD Process, 1st Edition

    By Pedro Amakasu Raposo

    The Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) was established in 1993 with the intention of creating opportunities for trade and investment on both sides and the promotion of sustainable development. In 2003, the conference translated Japanese aid policy to Africa into three key…

    Paperback – 2017-11-22
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  • Japanese Women in Science and Engineering

    History and Policy Change, 1st Edition

    By Naonori Kodate, Kashiko Kodate

    The gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) varies greatly from country to country, and the number of Japanese women in these fields remains relatively few. This prompts us to ask why the proportion of female scientists in Japan is still remarkably low and what…

    Paperback – 2017-11-22
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  • Japan and the High Treason Incident

    1st Edition

    Edited by Masako Gavin, Ben Middleton

    The ‘High Treason Incident’ rocked Japanese society between 1910 and 1911, when police discovered that a group of anarchists and socialists were plotting to assassinate the Emperor Meiji. Following a trial held in camera, twelve of the so-called conspirators were hanged, but while the executions…

    Paperback – 2017-10-12
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  • Japan's Local Newspapers

    Chihōshi and Revitalization Journalism, 1st Edition

    By Anthony S. Rausch

    Japan is one of the world’s most literate societies. Its national newspapers are the most read newspapers in the world, and the country also has a very vibrant local newspaper sector. This book assesses the vital role local newspapers play in the development of local communities, as well as…

    Paperback – 2017-08-11
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  • Rethinking Japanese Studies

    Eurocentrism and the Asia-Pacific Region, 1st Edition

    Edited by Kaori Okano, Yoshio Sugimoto

    Japanese Studies has provided a fertile space for non-Eurocentric analysis for a number of reasons. It has been embroiled in the long-running internal debate over the so-called Nihonjinron, revolving around the extent to which the effective interpretation of Japanese society and culture requires…

    Hardback – 2017-07-11
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  • Decision-Making Reform in Japan

    The DPJ’s Failed Attempt at a Politician-Led Government, 1st Edition

    By Karol Zakowski

    In the election to the House of Representatives in 2009, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) almost tripled the number of its lower house members by winning 308 seats. It subsequently formed a coalition government with the Social Democratic Party and the People’s New Party. The new ruling party…

    Paperback – 2017-06-30
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  • Trauma, Dissociation and Re-enactment in Japanese Literature and Film

    1st Edition

    By David C. Stahl

    Japanese literature and film have frequently been approached using lenses such as language, genre and ideology. Yet, despite a succession of major social traumas that have marked, and in many ways shaped and defined much of modern Japan, Japanese fiction and cinema have not often been examined…

    Hardback – 2017-06-12
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  • Japan, Russia and their Territorial Dispute

    The Northern Delusion, 1st Edition

    By James D. J. Brown

    The territorial dispute between Japan and Russia over four islands off the northeast coast of Hokkaidō has been an enduring obstacle to closer relations between the two powers and therefore an important determinant of geopolitics in North-East Asia. Having emerged at the end of World War II, this…

    Paperback – 2017-05-24
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  • Visions of Precarity in Japanese Popular Culture and Literature

    1st Edition

    Edited by Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, Roman Rosenbaum

    Recent natural as well as man-made cataclysmic events have dramatically changed the status quo of contemporary Japanese society, and following the Asia-Pacific war’s never-ending ‘postwar’ period, Japan has been dramatically forced into a zeitgeist of saigo or ‘post-disaster.’ This radically new…

    Paperback – 2017-05-24
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  • Internationalising Japan

    Discourse and Practice, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jeremy Breaden, Stacey Steele, Carolyn S. Stevens

    In the twenty-first century, the concept of internationalisation remains a crucial tool for understanding the dynamics of globalising processes. It draws attention to the dimensions of conscious action in inter- and trans-national phenomena, connecting globalisation with individuals’ experience of…

    Paperback – 2017-05-10
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  • Local Politics and National Policy

    Multi-level Conflicts in Japan and Beyond, 1st Edition

    By Ken Victor Leonard Hijino

    This book is about why and how central and local governments clash over important national policy decisions. Its empirical focus is on the local politics of Japan which has significantly shaped, and been shaped by, larger developments in national politics. The book argues that since the 1990s,…

    Hardback – 2017-05-04
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  • Intercultural Communication in Japan

    Theorizing Homogenizing Discourse, 1st Edition

    Edited by Satoshi Toyosaki, Shinsuke Eguchi

    Japan is heterogeneous and culturally diverse, both historically through ancient waves of immigration and in recent years due to its foreign relations and internationalization. However, Japan has socially, culturally, politically, and intellectually constructed a distinct and homogeneous identity.…

    Hardback – 2017-02-23
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  • Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan

    1st Edition

    Edited by Christopher Harding, Iwata Fumiaki, Yoshinaga Shin’ichi

    Since the late nineteenth century, religious ideas and practices in Japan have become increasingly intertwined with those associated with mental health and healing. This relationship developed against the backdrop of a far broader, and deeply consequential meeting: between Japan’s long-standing,…

    Paperback – 2016-12-20
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  • Superhuman Japan

    Knowledge, Nation and Culture in US-Japan Relations, 1st Edition

    By Marie Thorsten

    This book examines the imaginative narratives that shaped the attitudes of Americans (and others) toward Japan. Focusing on cultural aspects of economic nationalism and US-Japan relations during the trade war Marie Thorsten uses examples from public discourse, film, documentaries, novels, acts of…

    Paperback – 2016-12-20
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  • Heritage Conservation and Japan's Cultural Diplomacy

    Heritage, National Identity and National Interest, 1st Edition

    By Natsuko Akagawa

    Japan’s heritage conservation policy and practice, as deployed through its foreign aid programs, has become one of the main means through which post-World War II Japan has sought to mark its presence in the international arena, both globally and regionally. Heritage conservation has been intimately…

    Paperback – 2016-12-20
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  • Japanese Media at the Beginning of the 21st Century

    Consuming the Past, 1st Edition

    By Katsuyuki Hidaka

    Hailed by Japanese critics as a milestone in the study of contemporary Japanese media, this book explores the contemporary ‘boom’ in Japanese media representations of the recent past. Recent years have seen the production of an unprecedented number of films, animation, manga, and television…

    Hardback – 2016-12-13
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  • Examining Japan's Lost Decades

    1st Edition

    Edited by Yoichi Funabashi, Barak Kushner

    This book examines five features of Japan’s ‘Lost Decades’: the speed of the economic decline in Japan compared to Japan’s earlier global prowess; a rapidly declining population; considerable political instability and failed reform attempts; shifting balances of power in the region and changing…

    Paperback – 2016-12-09
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  • Career Women in Contemporary Japan

    Pursuing Identities, Fashioning Lives, 1st Edition

    By Anne Stefanie Aronsson

    Since Japan’s economic recession began in the 1990s, the female workforce has experienced revolutionary changes as greater numbers of women have sought to establish careers. Employment trends indicate that increasingly white-collar professional women are succeeding in breaking through the "glass…

    Paperback – 2016-11-11
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  • The End of Cool Japan

    Ethical, Legal, and Cultural Challenges to Japanese Popular Culture, 1st Edition

    Edited by Mark McLelland

    Today’s convergent media environment offers unprecedented opportunities for sourcing and disseminating previously obscure popular culture material from Japan. However, this presents concerns regarding copyright, ratings and exposure to potentially illegal content which are serious problems for…

    Hardback – 2016-08-02
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  • Fukushima and the Arts

    Negotiating Nuclear Disaster, 1st Edition

    Edited by Barbara Geilhorn, Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt

    The natural and man-made cataclysmic events of the 11 March 2011 disaster, or 3.11, have dramatically altered the status quo of contemporary Japanese society. While much has been written about the social, political, economic, and technical aspects of the disaster, this volume represents one of the…

    Hardback – 2016-08-02
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  • Mental Health Care in Japan

    1st Edition

    Edited by Ruth Taplin, Sandra J. Lawman

    Mental health, including widespread depression, a high suicide rate and institutionalisation, is a major problem in Japan. At the same time, the mental health care system in Japan has historically been more restrictive than elsewhere in the world. This book looks at the challenges of mental health…

    Paperback – 2016-07-20
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  • Regional Administration in Japan

    Departure from uniformity, 1st Edition

    By Shunsuke Kimura

    In Japan, the main local administrative affairs are traditionally allotted to prefectures and municipalities, while communal disposal systems, fire-fighting and regional development takes secondary importance. However, two new changes to the frame of local governments have altered the main…

    Hardback – 2016-07-12
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  • Japanese Femininities

    1st Edition

    By Justin Charlebois

    The corporate salaryman and professional housewife stand as hegemonic archetypes of masculinity and femininity in Japan. However, these rigid gender roles are being challenged by women who are seeking to move beyond the strictly defined confines of their traditional roles as caregivers and…

    Paperback – 2016-05-06
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  • Diplomacy in Japan-EU Relations

    From the Cold War to the Post-Bipolar Era, 1st Edition

    By Oliviero Frattolillo

    Since the 1950s, Japan-Europe relations have been characterised by a mutual coldness in terms of diplomatic dialogue, punctuated by a number of trade disputes. This book analyses the development of the political and diplomatic relationship between Japan and Europe, and shows that – especially…

    Paperback – 2016-03-03
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  • Sound, Space and Sociality in Modern Japan

    1st Edition

    Edited by Joseph D. Hankins, Carolyn S. Stevens

    This book argues that sound – as it is created, transmitted, and perceived – plays a key role in the constitution of space and community in contemporary Japan. The book examines how sonic practices reflect politics, aesthetics, and ethics, with transformative effects on human relations. From…

    Paperback – 2016-01-21
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  • Japan's Border Issues

    Pitfalls and Prospects, 1st Edition

    By Akihiro Iwashita

    Japan was sometimes described as a country of "peace" during the Cold War period, in contrast to the continental border conflicts taking place at the time, such as the China-Soviet rivalry. However, as the maritime frontier was "rediscovered" and defined by the regional powers and legal refinements…

    Hardback – 2015-11-16
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  • Negotiating Censorship in Modern Japan

    1st Edition

    Edited by Rachael Hutchinson

    Censorship in Japan has seen many changes over the last 150 years and each successive system of rule has possessed its own censorship laws, regulations, and methods of enforcement. Yet what has remained constant through these many upheavals has been the process of negotiation between censor and…

    Paperback – 2015-08-21
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  • EU-Japan Relations, 1970-2012

    From Confrontation to Global Partnership, 1st Edition

    Edited by Jörn Keck, Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Franz Waldenberger

    This book presents a comprehensive overview of EU-Japan relations from 1970 to the present. It charts developments over the period, analyses key specific areas of importance to the relationship, and concludes by assessing how the relationship is likely to develop going forward. Throughout, the book…

    Paperback – 2015-07-23
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  • Nationalism, Political Realism and Democracy in Japan

    The thought of Masao Maruyama, 1st Edition

    By Fumiko Sasaki

    Masao Maruyama was the most influential and respected political thinker in post-WWII Japan. He believed that the collective mentality, inherent in the traditional Japanese way of thinking, was a key reason for the defeat in WWII and was convinced that such thought needed to be modernized. In this…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • Manga and the Representation of Japanese History

    1st Edition

    Edited by Roman Rosenbaum

    This edited collection explores how graphic art and in particular Japanese manga represent Japanese history. The articles explore the representation of history in manga from disciplines that include such diverse fields as literary studies, politics, history, cultural studies, linguistics,…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • Legacies of the Asia-Pacific War

    The Yakeato Generation, 1st Edition

    Edited by Roman Rosenbaum, Yasuko Claremont

    When we look in detail at the various peripheral groups of disenfranchised people emerging from the aftermath of the Asia–Pacific War the list is startling: Koreans in Japan (migrants or forced labourers), Burakumin, Hibakusha, Okinawans, Asian minorities, comfort women and many others. Many of…

    Paperback – 2015-03-04
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  • Party Politics in Japan

    Political Chaos and Stalemate in the 21st Century, 1st Edition

    Edited by Ronald J. Hrebenar, Akira Nakamura

    The Japanese political system is a parliamentary democracy and was the first western style government in Asia when the parliamentary system was adopted in the 1880s. It has a multiparty system, free elections, and a parliament that functions much the same way that any other democratic parliament…

    Hardback – 2014-09-16
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  • Japan in the Age of Globalization

    1st Edition

    Edited by Carin Holroyd, Ken Coates

    The multiple and diverse forces of globalization have, indeed, affected Japan significantly over the past decades. But so, it must be said, has Japan influenced a variety of critical global developments - globalization is not a one-way street, particularly for a nation as economically influential…

    Paperback – 2014-03-14
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  • Social Networks and Japanese Democracy

    The Beneficial Impact of Interpersonal Communication in East Asia, 1st Edition

    By Ken'ichi Ikeda, Sean Richey

    Many who critique democracy as practiced in East Asia suggest that the Confucian political culture of these nations prevents democracy from being the robust participatory type, and limits it to a spectacle designed to create obedience from the public. Certainly some East Asian nations have had…

    Paperback – 2014-01-10
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  • The Ethics of Japan's Global Environmental Policy

    The conflict between principles and practice, 1st Edition

    By Midori Kagawa-Fox

    This book examines the Japanese government policies that impact on the environment in order to determine whether they incorporate a sufficient ethical substance. Through the three case studies on whaling, nuclear energy, and forestry, the author explores how Western philosophers combined their…

    Paperback – 2014-01-10
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  • The Quest for Japan's New Constitution

    An Analysis of Visions and Constitutional Reform Proposals 1980-2009, 1st Edition

    By Christian G. Winkler

    This book examines the many attempts over the last three decades to revise Japan’s constitution. As the book shows, these attempts at revision have been relatively conservative, aiming to embed in the constitution visions of a different future for Japan. Specific reforms advocated include: enabling…

    Paperback – 2013-09-23
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  • Japan-Bashing

    Anti-Japanism since the 1980s, 1st Edition

    By Narrelle Morris

    The aim of this book is to examine and analyse the phenomenon of ‘Japan-bashing’, from its invention and popularisation in the United States in the late 1970s to the emergence of other national variants, including in Australia and Japan, to its gradual decline in the late 1990s. It is the first…

    Paperback – 2013-09-09
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  • Dealing with Disaster in Japan

    Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash, 1st Edition

    By Christopher Hood

    Just as the sinking of the Titanic is embedded in the public consciousness in the English-speaking world, so the crash of JAL flight JL123 is part of the Japanese collective memory. The 1985 crash involved the largest loss of life for any single air crash in the world. 520 people, many of whom had…

    Paperback – 2013-05-07
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  • Language Life in Japan

    Transformations and Prospects, 1st Edition

    Edited by Patrick Heinrich, Christian Galan

    Despite its monolingual self-image, Japan is multilingual and growing more so due to indigenous minority language revitalization and as an effect of migration. Besides Japan's autochthonous languages such as the Ainu and Ryukyuan languages, there are more than 75,000 immigrant children in the…

    Paperback – 2013-04-15
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  • Small Firms and Innovation Policy in Japan

    1st Edition

    Edited by Cornelia Storz

    This new book discusses the extent to which the Japanese economy encourages entrepreneurship and innovation. Although Japan has a strong reputation as an innovator, some people argue that this reputation is misplaced. Contrary to earlier expectations, the USA rather than Japan emerged as the…

    Paperback – 2012-11-15
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  • Institutional and Technological Change in Japan's Economy

    Past and Present, 1st Edition

    Edited by Janet Hunter, Cornelia Storz

    Institutional and technological change is a highly topical subject. At the theoretical level, there is much debate in the field of institutional economics about the role of technological change in endogenous growth theory. At a practical policy level, arguments rage about how Japan and the Japanese…

    Paperback – 2012-11-15
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