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Book Announcement: Defamiliarizing Japan’s Asia-Pacific War

DEFAMILIARIZING JAPAN’S ASIA-PACIFIC WAR Edited by W. Puck Brecher and Michael W. Myers This wide-ranging collection seeks to reassess conventional understanding of Japan’s Asia-Pacific War by defamiliarizing and expanding the rhetorical narrative. Its nine chapters, diverse in theme and method, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Origins of the Modern Japanese Bureaucracy

The Origins of the Modern Japanese Bureaucracy By: Yuichiro Shimizu Translator: Amin Ghadimi What is a bureaucracy, from where does it come, and how does it develop? Japanese have long described their nation as a “kingdom of bureaucrats”, but until … Continue reading

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OUR Shurijo Shuri Castle Digital Reconstruction

As many know by now, Shuri Castle in Okinawa, an important piece of Ryukyu cultural heritage, suffered a devastating fire on October 31st 2019. As ongoing dialogues continue about how and when the reconstruction will take place, over two dozen … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Agents of World Renewal: The Rise of Yonaoshi Gods in Japan

AGENTS OF WORLD RENEWAL: THE RISE OF YONAOSHI GODS IN JAPAN Takashi Miura This volume examines a category of Japanese divinities that centered on the concept of “world renewal” (yonaoshi). In the latter half of the Tokugawa period (1603–1867), a … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki: Prayers, Protests and Catholic Survivor Narratives

Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki: Prayers, Protests and Catholic Survivor Narratives By Gwyn McClelland On 9th August 1945, the US dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Of the dead, approximately 8500 were Catholic Christians, representing over sixty percent of the community. … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Law, Transnational Nazism: Ideology and Culture in German-Japanese Relations, 1919–1936

Transnational Nazism: Ideology and Culture in German-Japanese Relations, 1919–1936 Ricky W. Law Book website: https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/transnational-nazism/3A72AC2415A209D3ACF3C934A1740DD5 In 1936, Nazi Germany and militarist Japan built a partnership which culminated in the Tokyo-Berlin Axis. This study of interwar German-Japanese relations is the first to … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan’s Castles: Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace

Japan’s Castles: Citadels of Modernity in War and Peace Oleg Benesch and Ran Zwigenberg An innovative examination of heritage politics in Japan, showing how castles have been used to re-invent and recapture competing versions of the pre-imperial past and project … Continue reading

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