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Understanding Japanese Society

Understanding Japanese Society

5th Edition

Forthcoming

Joy Hendry
July 26, 2019

In this welcome brand new fifth edition of the bestselling textbook Understanding Japanese Society, Joy Hendry takes the reader into the heart of Japanese life. Providing a clear and accessible introduction to Japanese ways of thinking, which does not require any previous knowledge of the country,...

The Dilemma of Faith in Modern Japanese Literature: Metaphors of Christianity

The Dilemma of Faith in Modern Japanese Literature: Metaphors of Christianity

1st Edition

Massimiliano Tomasi
April 26, 2018

The first book-length study to explore the links between Christianity and modern Japanese literature, this book analyses the process of conversion of nine canonical authors, unveiling the influence that Christianity had on their self-construction, their oeuvre and, ultimately, the trajectory of...

Friendship and Work Culture of Women Managers in Japan: Tokyo After Ten

Friendship and Work Culture of Women Managers in Japan: Tokyo After Ten

1st Edition

Swee-Lin Ho
February 08, 2018

Drawing on ethnographic data gathered from fieldwork spanning a 15-year period, this book offers new insights into understanding the lives and experiences of women managers in Japan. Based on empirical case studies, it explores the ways in which professional women in Tokyo creatively mobilize...

Japan’s World Power: Assessment, Outlook and Vision

Japan’s World Power: Assessment, Outlook and Vision

1st Edition

Guibourg Delamotte
November 14, 2017

Since the end of the 1960s, Japan’s power in the world has largely been linked to its economic successes, while it has pursued a decidedly pacifist post-war foreign policy. Recently, however, there has been talk of Constitutional reform, especially since the new security legislation of 2016....

Reconstructing Adult Masculinities: Part-time Work in Contemporary Japan

Reconstructing Adult Masculinities: Part-time Work in Contemporary Japan

1st Edition

Emma E. Cook
October 26, 2017

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...

Japan's International Fisheries Policy: Law, Diplomacy and Politics Governing Resource Security

Japan's International Fisheries Policy: Law, Diplomacy and Politics Governing Resource Security

1st Edition

Roger D. Smith
August 11, 2017

Few nations rely upon the ocean as much as Japan for livelihood, culture and transport. The seas have long played a vital role for the Japanese, helping to support the economic and social life of a nation that possesses few resources and little arable land, and sustain a population that has nearly...

Femininity, Self-harm and Eating Disorders in Japan: Navigating contradiction in narrative and visual culture

Femininity, Self-harm and Eating Disorders in Japan: Navigating contradiction in narrative and visual culture

1st Edition

Gitte Marianne Hansen
June 30, 2017

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....

Ozawa Ichirō and Japanese Politics: Old Versus New

Ozawa Ichirō and Japanese Politics: Old Versus New

1st Edition

Aurelia George Mulgan
June 07, 2017

Ozawa Ichirō was the axis on which Japanese politics turned for more than two decades. He helped to reshape the electoral system, political funding rules, the evolution of the party system, the nature of executive government, the roles and powers of bureaucrats, and the conduct of parliamentary and...

Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance in Japan

Neighborhood Associations and Local Governance in Japan

1st Edition

Robert J. Pekkanen, Yutaka Tsujinaka, Hidehiro Yamamoto
May 25, 2017

Although local neighborhood associations are found in many countries, Japan’s are distinguished by their ubiquity, scope of activities, and very high participation rates, making them important for the study of society and politics. Most Japanese belong to one local neighborhood association or...

Labour Market Deregulation in Japan and Italy: Worker Protection under Neoliberal Globalisation

Labour Market Deregulation in Japan and Italy: Worker Protection under Neoliberal Globalisation

1st Edition

Hiroaki Richard Watanabe
May 25, 2017

Japan and Italy encountered severe economic problems in the early 1990s, and the governments had to deal with those issues effectively under the increasing neoliberal pressures of globalisation. In this context, labour market deregulation was considered an effective tool to cope with those economic...

The Organisational Dynamics of University Reform in Japan: International Inside Out

The Organisational Dynamics of University Reform in Japan: International Inside Out

1st Edition

Jeremy Breaden
May 24, 2017

For several decades internationalisation has been a cornerstone of both Japanese government higher education policy and approaches to reform at an institutional level, but Japan has still not managed to lose its reputation as a somewhat reclusive member of the global academic community. Consensus...

Life Course, Happiness and Well-being in Japan

Life Course, Happiness and Well-being in Japan

1st Edition

Barbara Holthus, Wolfram Manzenreiter
April 26, 2017

Much of the existing literature on happiness in Japan has been produced in the field of economics and psychology and is quantitative in nature. Here, for the first time, a group of anthropologists and sociologists jointly analyze the state of happiness and unhappiness in Japan among varying social...

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