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Diplomacy in Japan-EU Relations: From the Cold War to the Post-Bipolar Era

Diplomacy in Japan-EU Relations: From the Cold War to the Post-Bipolar Era

1st Edition

Oliviero Frattolillo
March 03, 2016

Since the 1950s, Japan-Europe relations have been characterised by a mutual coldness in terms of diplomatic dialogue, punctuated by a number of trade disputes. This book analyses the development of the political and diplomatic relationship between Japan and Europe, and shows that – especially...

Sound, Space and Sociality in Modern Japan

Sound, Space and Sociality in Modern Japan

1st Edition

Joseph D. Hankins, Carolyn S. Stevens
January 21, 2016

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...

Japan's Border Issues: Pitfalls and Prospects

Japan's Border Issues: Pitfalls and Prospects

1st Edition

Akihiro Iwashita
November 16, 2015

Japan was sometimes described as a country of "peace" during the Cold War period, in contrast to the continental border conflicts taking place at the time, such as the China-Soviet rivalry. However, as the maritime frontier was "rediscovered" and defined by the regional powers and legal refinements...

Negotiating Censorship in Modern Japan

Negotiating Censorship in Modern Japan

1st Edition

Rachael Hutchinson
August 21, 2015

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...

EU-Japan Relations, 1970-2012: From Confrontation to Global Partnership

EU-Japan Relations, 1970-2012: From Confrontation to Global Partnership

1st Edition

Jörn Keck, Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Franz Waldenberger
July 23, 2015

This book presents a comprehensive overview of EU-Japan relations from 1970 to the present. It charts developments over the period, analyses key specific areas of importance to the relationship, and concludes by assessing how the relationship is likely to develop going forward. Throughout, the book...

Nationalism, Political Realism and Democracy in Japan: The thought of Masao Maruyama

Nationalism, Political Realism and Democracy in Japan: The thought of Masao Maruyama

1st Edition

Fumiko Sasaki
March 04, 2015

Masao Maruyama was the most influential and respected political thinker in post-WWII Japan. He believed that the collective mentality, inherent in the traditional Japanese way of thinking, was a key reason for the defeat in WWII and was convinced that such thought needed to be modernized. In this...

Manga and the Representation of Japanese History

Manga and the Representation of Japanese History

1st Edition

Roman Rosenbaum
March 04, 2015

This edited collection explores how graphic art and in particular Japanese manga represent Japanese history. The articles explore the representation of history in manga from disciplines that include such diverse fields as literary studies, politics, history, cultural studies, linguistics,...

Legacies of the Asia-Pacific War: The Yakeato Generation

Legacies of the Asia-Pacific War: The Yakeato Generation

1st Edition

Roman Rosenbaum, Yasuko Claremont
March 04, 2015

When we look in detail at the various peripheral groups of disenfranchised people emerging from the aftermath of the Asia–Pacific War the list is startling: Koreans in Japan (migrants or forced labourers), Burakumin, Hibakusha, Okinawans, Asian minorities, comfort women and many others. Many of...

Party Politics in Japan: Political Chaos and Stalemate in the 21st Century

Party Politics in Japan: Political Chaos and Stalemate in the 21st Century

1st Edition

Ronald J. Hrebenar, Akira Nakamura
September 16, 2014

The Japanese political system is a parliamentary democracy and was the first western style government in Asia when the parliamentary system was adopted in the 1880s. It has a multiparty system, free elections, and a parliament that functions much the same way that any other democratic parliament...

Japan in the Age of Globalization

Japan in the Age of Globalization

1st Edition

Carin Holroyd, Ken Coates
March 14, 2014

The multiple and diverse forces of globalization have, indeed, affected Japan significantly over the past decades. But so, it must be said, has Japan influenced a variety of critical global developments - globalization is not a one-way street, particularly for a nation as economically influential...

Social Networks and Japanese Democracy: The Beneficial Impact of Interpersonal Communication in East Asia

Social Networks and Japanese Democracy: The Beneficial Impact of Interpersonal Communication in East Asia

1st Edition

Ken'ichi Ikeda, Sean Richey
January 10, 2014

Many who critique democracy as practiced in East Asia suggest that the Confucian political culture of these nations prevents democracy from being the robust participatory type, and limits it to a spectacle designed to create obedience from the public. Certainly some East Asian nations have had...

The Ethics of Japan's Global Environmental Policy: The conflict between principles and practice

The Ethics of Japan's Global Environmental Policy: The conflict between principles and practice

1st Edition

Midori Kagawa-Fox
January 10, 2014

This book examines the Japanese government policies that impact on the environment in order to determine whether they incorporate a sufficient ethical substance. Through the three case studies on whaling, nuclear energy, and forestry, the author explores how Western philosophers combined their...

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