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  • Suicide in Twentieth Century Japan

    By Francesca Di Marco

    Japan’s suicide phenomenon has fascinated both the media and academics, although many questions and paradoxes embedded in the debate on suicide have remained unaddressed in the existing literature, including the assumption that Japan is a "Suicide Nation". This tendency causes common misconceptions…

    Hardback – 2016-02-19 
    Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia

  • Japan's New Left Movements

    Legacies for Civil Society

    By Takemasa Ando

    The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident that followed the March 2011 tsunami and earthquake in Japan shocked the world. In the wake the of the disaster, questions were asked as to why Japanese antinuclear movements were not able to prevent those with vested interests, such as businesses, bureaucrats…

    Paperback – 2016-02-10 
    Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) East Asian Series

  • Sound, Space and Sociality in Modern Japan

    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 – 2016-01-22 
    Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

  • Reconstructing Adult Masculinities

    Part-time Work in Contemporary Japan

    By Emma E. Cook

    Over the past two decades, Japan’s socioeconomic environment has undergone considerable changes prompted by both a long recession and the relaxation of particular labour laws in the 1990s and 2000s. Within this context, "freeters", part-time workers aged between fifteen and thirty-four who are not…

    Hardback – 2015-12-21 
    Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

  • Femininity, Self-harm and Eating Disorders in Japan

    Navigating contradiction in narrative and visual culture

    By Gitte Marianne Hansen

    From the 1980s onwards, the incidence of eating disorders and self-harm has increased among Japanese women, who report receiving mixed messages about how to be women. Mirroring this, women’s self-directed violence has increasingly been thematised in diverse Japanese narrative and visual culture.…

    Hardback – 2015-12-16 
    Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

  • Sustainability in Contemporary Rural Japan

    Challenges and Opportunities

    Edited by Stephanie Assmann

    Rural communities in Japan have suffered from significant depopulation and economic downturn in post-war years. Low birth rates, aging populations, agricultural decline and youth migration to large cities have been compounded by the triple disaster of 11 March 2011, which destroyed farming and…

    Hardback – 2015-12-15 
    Routledge Studies in Asia and the Environment

  • Rashomon Effects

    Kurosawa, Rashomon and their legacies

    Edited by Blair Davis, Robert Anderson, Jan Walls

    Akira Kurosawa is widely known as the director who opened up Japanese film to Western audiences, and following his death in 1998, a process of reflection has begun about his life’s work as a whole and its legacy to cinema. Kurosawa’s 1950 film Rashomon has become one of the best-known Japanese…

    Hardback – 2015-11-12
    Routledge Advances in Film Studies

  • Japanese Gardens

    Symbolism and Design

    By Seiko Goto, Takahiro Naka

    The unique beauty of the Japanese garden stems from its spirituality and rich symbolism, yet most discussions on this kind of garden rarely provide more than a superficial overview. This book takes a thorough look at the process of designing a Japanese garden, placing it in a historical and…

    Paperback – 2015-10-22

  • Sport and Body Politics in Japan

    By Wolfram Manzenreiter

    There is more to Japanese sport than sumo, karate and baseball. This study of social sport in Japan pursues a comprehensive approach towards sport as a distinctive cultural sphere at the intersection of body culture, political economy, and cultural globalization. Bridging the gap between Bourdieu…

    Paperback – 2015-09-16
    Routledge Research in Sport, Culture and Society

  • The Strong and the Weak in Japanese Literature

    Discrimination, Egalitarianism, Nationalism

    By Fuminobu Murakami

    This book uses texts from classical to modern Japanese literature to examine concepts of 'respect for the strong', as a notion of an evolutionary society, and 'sympathy for the weak', as a notion of a non-violent and changeless egalitarian society. The term strong refers not just to those…

    Paperback – 2015-08-28

  • Negotiating Censorship in Modern Japan

    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
    Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

  • Modern Japan

    A Social and Political History, 3rd Edition

    By Elise K. Tipton

    This thoroughly revised and updated third edition of Modern Japan provides a concise and fascinating introduction to the social, cultural and political history of modern Japan. Ranging from the Tokugawa period to the present day, Tipton links everyday lives with major historical developments,…

    Paperback – 2015-08-20
    Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies

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