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The Rise of Japanese NGOs: Activism from Above

The Rise of Japanese NGOs: Activism from Above

1st Edition

Kim D. Reimann
October 12, 2011

Over the past two decades, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have exploded in number and emerged as a new force in international and transnational politics. Why, however, do some countries nonetheless have more active NGO sectors than others? Using the case of Japan, this book uncovers...

Perversion and Modern Japan: Psychoanalysis, Literature, Culture

Perversion and Modern Japan: Psychoanalysis, Literature, Culture

1st Edition

Nina Cornyetz, J. Keith Vincent
October 12, 2011

How did nerves and neuroses take the place of ghosts and spirits in Meiji Japan? How does Natsume Soseki’s canonical novel Kokoro pervert the Freudian teleology of sexual development? What do we make of Jacques Lacan’s infamous claim that because of the nature of their language the Japanese people...

Challenges of Human Resource Management in Japan

Challenges of Human Resource Management in Japan

1st Edition

Ralf Bebenroth, Toshihiro Kanai
July 11, 2011

Human resource management systems differ across corporations around the world. Japan has unique characteristics that create specific challenges for HRM and there is currently a lack of research focusing on Japanese HR issues available to westerners. This book examines the major challenges and...

Marriage in Contemporary Japan

Marriage in Contemporary Japan

1st Edition

Yoko Tokuhiro
May 17, 2011

The phenomenon of bankonka – ‘postponement of marriage’ – is increasingly reported in contemporary Japanese media, clearly illustrating the changing patterns of modern lifestyles and attitudes towards marriage, personal obligation and ambition. This is the first book in recent years to explore the...

Japanese-Russian Relations, 1907–2007

Japanese-Russian Relations, 1907–2007

1st Edition

Joseph Ferguson
May 12, 2011

This book provides a comprehensive survey of Japanese-Russian relations from the end of the Russo-Japanese War until the present. Based on extensive original research in both Japanese and Russian sources, it traces the development of relations from the tumultuous pre-war period, through the Second...

Homosexuality and Manliness in Postwar Japan

Homosexuality and Manliness in Postwar Japan

1st Edition

Jonathan D. Mackintosh
April 20, 2011

Japan’s first professionally produced, commercially marketed and nationally distributed gay lifestyle magazine, Barazoku (‘The Rose Tribes’), was launched in 1971. Publicly declaring the beauty and normality of homosexual desire, Barazoku electrified the male homosexual world whilst scandalising...

The Novels of Oe Kenzaburo

The Novels of Oe Kenzaburo

1st Edition

Yasuko Claremont
April 11, 2011

Ôe Kenzaburô was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1994. This critical study examines Ôe’s entire career from 1957 – 2006 and includes chapters on Ôe’s later novels not published in English. Through close readings at different points in Ôe’s career Yasuko Claremont establishes the spiritual...

Civil Society and the Internet in Japan

Civil Society and the Internet in Japan

1st Edition

Isa Ducke
March 24, 2011

Using case studies, interviews, and empirical sources, this book analyzes the strategies and impact of Internet use by civil society actors and asks how useful it is for their work – does the availability of Internet tools change the way citizens’ groups work, does it influence their effectiveness,...

Postwar History Education in Japan and the Germanys: Guilty lessons

Postwar History Education in Japan and the Germanys: Guilty lessons

1st Edition

Julian Dierkes
March 01, 2011

How did East and West Germany and Japan reconstitute national identity after World War II? Did all three experience parallel reactions to national trauma and reconstruction? History education shaped how these nations reconceived their national identities. Because the content of history education...

Japan's Contested War Memories: The 'Memory Rifts' in Historical Consciousness of World War II

Japan's Contested War Memories: The 'Memory Rifts' in Historical Consciousness of World War II

1st Edition

Philip A. Seaton
November 19, 2010

Japan's Contested War Memories is an important and significant book that explores the struggles within contemporary Japanese society to come to terms with Second World War history. Focusing particularly on 1972 onwards, the period starts with the normalization of relations with China and...

Japanese Love Hotels: A Cultural History

Japanese Love Hotels: A Cultural History

1st Edition

Sarah Chaplin
October 20, 2010

Drawing on theories of place, consumption and identity, Sarah Chaplin details the evolution of the love hotel in urban Japan since the 1950s. Love hotels emerged in the late 1950s following a ban of licensed prostitution, then were extremely popular in the 1970s, were then legislated against in the...

Linguistic Stereotyping and Minority Groups in Japan

Linguistic Stereotyping and Minority Groups in Japan

1st Edition

Nanette Gottlieb
September 12, 2010

This book is the first full-length study in English to examine the use of discriminatory language in Japan. As in other countries, there has been much debate about the public use of language deemed demeaning to certain groups within society especially in relation to the issue of minority rights...

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