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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...

Japan's Foreign Aid to Africa: Angola and Mozambique within the TICAD Process

Japan's Foreign Aid to Africa: Angola and Mozambique within the TICAD Process

1st Edition

Pedro Amakasu Raposo
November 22, 2017

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...

Japanese Women in Science and Engineering: History and Policy Change

Japanese Women in Science and Engineering: History and Policy Change

1st Edition

Naonori Kodate, Kashiko Kodate
November 22, 2017

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...

Japan and the High Treason Incident

Japan and the High Treason Incident

1st Edition

Masako Gavin, Ben Middleton
October 12, 2017

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...

Japan's Local Newspapers: Chihōshi and Revitalization Journalism

Japan's Local Newspapers: Chihōshi and Revitalization Journalism

1st Edition

Anthony S. Rausch
August 11, 2017

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...

Rethinking Japanese Studies: Eurocentrism and the Asia-Pacific Region

Rethinking Japanese Studies: Eurocentrism and the Asia-Pacific Region

1st Edition

Kaori Okano, Yoshio Sugimoto
July 11, 2017

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...

Decision-Making Reform in Japan: The DPJ’s Failed Attempt at a Politician-Led Government

Decision-Making Reform in Japan: The DPJ’s Failed Attempt at a Politician-Led Government

1st Edition

Karol Zakowski
June 30, 2017

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...

Trauma, Dissociation and Re-enactment in Japanese Literature and Film

Trauma, Dissociation and Re-enactment in Japanese Literature and Film

1st Edition

David C. Stahl
June 12, 2017

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...

Japan, Russia and their Territorial Dispute: The Northern Delusion

Japan, Russia and their Territorial Dispute: The Northern Delusion

1st Edition

James D. J. Brown
May 24, 2017

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...

Visions of Precarity in Japanese Popular Culture and Literature

Visions of Precarity in Japanese Popular Culture and Literature

1st Edition

Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, Roman Rosenbaum
May 24, 2017

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...

Internationalising Japan: Discourse and Practice

Internationalising Japan: Discourse and Practice

1st Edition

Jeremy Breaden, Stacey Steele, Carolyn S. Stevens
May 10, 2017

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...

Local Politics and National Policy: Multi-level Conflicts in Japan and Beyond

Local Politics and National Policy: Multi-level Conflicts in Japan and Beyond

1st Edition

Ken Victor Leonard Hijino
May 04, 2017

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,...

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