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Cultural and Social Division in Contemporary Japan: Bridging Social Division

Cultural and Social Division in Contemporary Japan: Bridging Social Division

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Yoshikazu Shiobara, Kohei Kawabata, Joel Matthews
August 06, 2019

The recent manifestation of exclusionism in Japan has emerged at a time of intensified neoliberal economic policies, increased cross-border migration brought on by globalisation, the elevated threat of global terrorism, heightened tensions between East Asian states over historical and territorial...

Social Trauma, Narrative Memory, and Recovery in Japanese Literature and Film

Social Trauma, Narrative Memory, and Recovery in Japanese Literature and Film

1st Edition

Forthcoming

David C. Stahl
July 25, 2019

This book provides a comprehensive analysis of major works in Japanese literature and film through the interpretive lens of trauma and PTSD studies. Focusing critical attention on the psychodynamics and enduring psychosocial aftereffects of social trauma, it also evaluates the themes of...

Japanese Culture Through Videogames

Japanese Culture Through Videogames

1st Edition

Rachael Hutchinson
June 13, 2019

Examining a wide range of Japanese videogames, including arcade fighting games, PC-based strategy games and console JRPGs, this book assesses their cultural significance and shows how gameplay and context can be analyzed together to understand videogames as a dynamic mode of artistic expression....

Animism in Contemporary Japan: Voices for the Anthropocene from post-Fukushima Japan

Animism in Contemporary Japan: Voices for the Anthropocene from post-Fukushima Japan

1st Edition

Shoko Yoneyama
November 28, 2018

‘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...

Zainichi Korean Women in Japan: Voices

Zainichi Korean Women in Japan: Voices

1st Edition

Jackie J. Kim-Wachutka
November 26, 2018

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...

Political Sociology of Japanese Pacifism

Political Sociology of Japanese Pacifism

1st Edition

Yukiko Nishikawa
September 21, 2018

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...

Japan’s Colonial Moment in Southeast Asia 1942-1945: The Occupiers’ Experience

Japan’s Colonial Moment in Southeast Asia 1942-1945: The Occupiers’ Experience

1st Edition

Nakano Satoshi
September 19, 2018

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...

The Japanese Communist Party: Permanent Opposition, but Moral Compass

The Japanese Communist Party: Permanent Opposition, but Moral Compass

1st Edition

Peter Berton, Sam Atherton
June 14, 2018

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...

Being Young in Super-Aging Japan: Formative Events and Cultural Reactions

Being Young in Super-Aging Japan: Formative Events and Cultural Reactions

1st Edition

Patrick Heinrich, Christian Galan
May 23, 2018

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...

Gender and the Koseki In Contemporary Japan: Surname, Power, and Privilege

Gender and the Koseki In Contemporary Japan: Surname, Power, and Privilege

1st Edition

Linda White
April 26, 2018

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....

Social Inequality in Post-Growth Japan: Transformation during Economic and Demographic Stagnation

Social Inequality in Post-Growth Japan: Transformation during Economic and Demographic Stagnation

1st Edition

David Chiavacci, Carola Hommerich
December 21, 2017

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...

Japan's Quest for Stability in Southeast Asia: Navigating the Turning Points in Postwar Asia

Japan's Quest for Stability in Southeast Asia: Navigating the Turning Points in Postwar Asia

1st Edition

Taizo Miyagi
December 15, 2017

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...

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