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Book Announcement: A Transnational Critique of Japaneseness: Cultural Nationalism, Racism, and Multiculturalism in Japan

A Transnational Critique of JapanesenessCultural Nationalism, Racism, and Multiculturalism in JapanYUKO KAWAI In this book, Yuko Kawai departs from the common conception of Japan as an ethnically homogenous nation. A Transnational Critique of Japaneseness: Cultural Nationalism, Racism, and Multiculturalism in … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Competing Visions of Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia, 1938-1960: Identity, Asianism, and the Search for a Regional Role

Competing Visions of Japan’s Relations with Southeast Asia, 1938–1960:Identity, Asianism and the Search for a Regional RoleVon Dr. Heiko Lang In a detailed discourse analysis, it compares competing arguments offered by business circles, the military, the political and diplomatic elites, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Ishikawa Sanshirō’s Geographical Imagination: Transnational Anarchism and the Reconfiguration of Everyday Life in Early Twentieth-Century Japan

Ishikawa Sanshirō’s Geographical ImaginationTransnational Anarchism and the Reconfiguration of Everyday Life in Early Twentieth-Century Japan Nadine Willems In modern Japan, anti-establishment ideas have related in many ways to Japan’s capitalist development and industrialization. Activist and intellectual Ishikawa Sanshirō exemplifies this … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea

Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea by David Fedman Japanese colonial rule in Korea (1905–1945) ushered in natural resource management programs that profoundly altered access to and ownership of the peninsula’s extensive mountains and forests. Under … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: The Japanese Economy

The Japanese Economy Hiroaki Richard Watanabe Although still the world’s third largest economy, Japan continues to feel the effects of the collapse of a massive asset price bubble in the early 1990s. In recent years further setbacks, including both the … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics

Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics Edited ByBarbara Holthus, Isaac Gagné, Wolfram Manzenreiter, Franz Waldenberger This book situates the 2020 Tokyo Olympics within the social, economic, and political challenges facing contemporary Japan. Using the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Masculinity and Body Weight in Japan

Masculinity and Body Weight in Japan: Grappling with Metabolic Syndrome By Genaro Castro-Vázquez Drawing on the concept of the somatic self, Castro-Vázquez explores how Japanese men think about, express and interpret their experiences concerning bodyweight control. Based on an extensive … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan

American Evangelists and Tuberculosis in Modern Japan Elisheva A. Perelman Tuberculosis ran rampant in Japan during the late Meiji and Taisho years (1880s–1920s). Many of the victims of the then incurable disease were young female workers from the rural areas, … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Japan’s Imperial House in the Postwar Era, 1945-2019

Japan’s Imperial House in the Postwar Era, 1945–2019 Kenneth J. Ruoff With the ascension of a new emperor and the dawn of the Reiwa Era, Kenneth J. Ruoff has expanded upon and updated The People’s Emperor, his study of the monarchy’s role as … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Locating Heisei in Japanese Fiction and Film: The Historical Imagination of the Lost Decades

Locating Heisei in Japanese Fiction and Film: The Historical Imagination of the Lost Decades By Marc Yamada This book provides the first interdisciplinary examination of the popular fiction and film of the “lost decades” of Japan’s Heisei period (1989–2019). Presenting … Continue reading

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