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Translation in Modern Japan

Translation in Modern Japan

1st Edition

Indra Levy
July 29, 2010

The role of translation in the formation of modern Japanese identities has become one of the most exciting new fields of inquiry in Japanese studies. This book marks the first attempt to establish the contours of this new field, bringing together seminal works of Japanese scholarship and criticism...

A Life Adrift: Soeda Azembo, Popular Song and Modern Mass Culture in Japan

A Life Adrift: Soeda Azembo, Popular Song and Modern Mass Culture in Japan

1st Edition

Soeda Azembo, Michael Lewis (Translator)
July 20, 2010

A Life Adrift, the memoir of balladeer-political activist Soeda Azembo (1872-1944), chronicles his life as one of Japan’s first modern mass entertainers and imparts an understanding of how ordinary people experienced and accommodated the tumult of life in prewar Japan.  Azembo ...

Zainichi Korean Identity and Ethnicity

Zainichi Korean Identity and Ethnicity

1st Edition

David Chapman
September 17, 2009

Shedding light on contemporary Japanese society in an international context, Japanese-Korean relations and modern day notions of a multicultural Japan, this book addresses the broad notions and questions of citizenship, identity, ethnicity and belonging through investigation of Japan’s Korean...

Cities, Autonomy, and Decentralization in Japan

Cities, Autonomy, and Decentralization in Japan

1st Edition

Carola Hein, Philippe Pelletier
May 21, 2009

Adding a new perspective to the current literature on decentralization in Japan, Cities, Autonomy and Decentralization in Japan, approaches the subject from an urban studies and planning approach. The essays in the collection present a cogent compilation of case studies focusing on the past,...

War Memory, Nationalism and Education in Postwar Japan: The Japanese History Textbook Controversy and Ienaga Saburo's Court Challenges

War Memory, Nationalism and Education in Postwar Japan: The Japanese History Textbook Controversy and Ienaga Saburo's Court Challenges

1st Edition

Yoshiko Nozaki
May 12, 2009

The controversy over official state-approved history textbooks in Japan, which omit or play down many episodes of Japan’s occupation of neighbouring countries during the Asia-Pacific War (1931-1945), and which have been challenged by critics who favour more critical, peace and justice perspectives,...

The Changing Japanese Family

The Changing Japanese Family

1st Edition

Marcus Rebick, Ayumi Takenaka
April 29, 2009

The Japanese family is shifting in fundamental ways, specifically in terms of attitudes towards family and societal relationships, and also the role of the family in society. Changing Japanese Family explores these significant changes which include an ageing population, delayed marriages, a fallen...

Population Decline and Ageing in Japan - The Social Consequences

Population Decline and Ageing in Japan - The Social Consequences

1st Edition

Florian Coulmas
August 31, 2008

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of one of the most pressing challenges facing Japan today: population decline and ageing. It argues that social ageing is a phenomenon that follows in the wake of industrialization, urbanization and social modernization, bringing about changes in values,...

The Ethics of Aesthetics in Japanese Cinema and Literature: Polygraphic Desire

The Ethics of Aesthetics in Japanese Cinema and Literature: Polygraphic Desire

1st Edition

Nina Cornyetz
May 01, 2008

This is an innovative, scholarly and original study of the ethics of modern Japanese aesthetics from the 1930s, through the Second World War and into the post-war period. Nina Cornyetz embarks on new and unprecedented readings of some of the most significant literary and film texts of the Japanese...

Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan

Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan

1st Edition

Christopher Hood
January 27, 2006

The image of the shinkansen – or ‘bullet train’ – passing Mount Fuji is one of the most renowned images of modern Japan. Yet, despite its international reputation for speed and punctuality, little is understood about what makes it work so well and what its impact is. This is a comprehensive...

Japan's Foreign Aid: Old Continuities and New Directions

Japan's Foreign Aid: Old Continuities and New Directions

1st Edition

David Arase
July 18, 2005

Filling a gap in the existing literature, this book analyzes the distinctive features of Japan’s development aid, especially technical co-operation, in comparison with other donors’ aid. Incorporating a wealth of research, it discusses whether Japan is behind other leading donor countries...

Japanese Company in Crisis

Japanese Company in Crisis

1st Edition

Fiona Graham
February 09, 2005

Japanese white-collar workers have been characterised by their intense loyalty and life-long commitment to their companies. This book is based on very extensive ethnographic research inside a Japanese insurance company during the period when the company was going through a major crisis which ended...

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