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Intercultural Communication in Japan: Theorizing Homogenizing Discourse

Intercultural Communication in Japan: Theorizing Homogenizing Discourse

1st Edition

Satoshi Toyosaki, Shinsuke Eguchi
February 23, 2017

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....

Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan

Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan

1st Edition

Christopher Harding, Iwata Fumiaki, Yoshinaga Shin’ichi
December 20, 2016

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,...

Superhuman Japan: Knowledge, Nation and Culture in US-Japan Relations

Superhuman Japan: Knowledge, Nation and Culture in US-Japan Relations

1st Edition

Marie Thorsten
December 20, 2016

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...

Heritage Conservation and Japan's Cultural Diplomacy: Heritage, National Identity and National Interest

Heritage Conservation and Japan's Cultural Diplomacy: Heritage, National Identity and National Interest

1st Edition

Natsuko Akagawa
December 20, 2016

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...

Japanese Media at the Beginning of the 21st Century: Consuming the Past

Japanese Media at the Beginning of the 21st Century: Consuming the Past

1st Edition

Katsuyuki Hidaka
December 13, 2016

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...

Examining Japan's Lost Decades

Examining Japan's Lost Decades

1st Edition

Yoichi Funabashi, Barak Kushner
December 09, 2016

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...

Career Women in Contemporary Japan: Pursuing Identities, Fashioning Lives

Career Women in Contemporary Japan: Pursuing Identities, Fashioning Lives

1st Edition

Anne Stefanie Aronsson
November 11, 2016

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...

The End of Cool Japan: Ethical, Legal, and Cultural Challenges to Japanese Popular Culture

The End of Cool Japan: Ethical, Legal, and Cultural Challenges to Japanese Popular Culture

1st Edition

Mark McLelland
August 02, 2016

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...

Fukushima and the Arts: Negotiating Nuclear Disaster

Fukushima and the Arts: Negotiating Nuclear Disaster

1st Edition

Barbara Geilhorn, Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt
August 02, 2016

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...

Mental Health Care in Japan

Mental Health Care in Japan

1st Edition

Ruth Taplin, Sandra J. Lawman
July 20, 2016

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...

Regional Administration in Japan: Departure from uniformity

Regional Administration in Japan: Departure from uniformity

1st Edition

Shunsuke Kimura
July 12, 2016

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...

Japanese Femininities

Japanese Femininities

1st Edition

Justin Charlebois
May 06, 2016

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...

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