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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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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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Book Announcement: The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868-1961

The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868-1961 Sidney Xu Lu This innovative study demonstrates how Japanese empire-builders invented and appropriated the discourse of overpopulation to justify Japanese settler colonialism across the Pacific. Lu defines this overpopulation … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: That Distant Country Next Door: Popular Japanese Perceptions of Mao’s China

THAT DISTANT COUNTRY NEXT DOOR: POPULAR JAPANESE PERCEPTIONS OF MAO’S CHINA Erik Esselstrom Japan’s road to war in China in the 1930s–1940s is well known, as are the legacies of that conflict in the diplomatic disputes, territorial rows, and educational … Continue reading

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