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Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of contemporary Japan.

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1-10 of 59 results in Routledge Contemporary Japan Series
  1. Decision-Making Reform in Japan

    The DPJ’s Failed Attempt at a Politician-Led Government

    By Karol Zakowski

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    In the election to the House of Representatives in 2009, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) almost tripled the number of its lower house members by winning 308 seats. It subsequently formed a coalition government with the Social Democratic Party and the People’s New Party. The new ruling party...

    Published May 25th 2015 by Routledge

  2. Examining Japan's Lost Decades

    Edited by Yoichi Funabashi, Barak Kushner

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    This book examines five features of Japan’s ‘Lost Decades’: the speed of the economic decline in Japan compared to Japan’s earlier global prowess; a rapidly declining population; considerable political instability and failed reform attempts; shifting balances of power in the region and changing...

    Published April 20th 2015 by Routledge

  3. Nationalism, Political Realism and Democracy in Japan

    The thought of Masao Maruyama

    By Fumiko Sasaki

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    Masao Maruyama was the most influential and respected political thinker in post-WWII Japan. He believed that the collective mentality, inherent in the traditional Japanese way of thinking, was a key reason for the defeat in WWII and was convinced that such thought needed to be modernized. In this...

    Published March 4th 2015 by Routledge

  4. Manga and the Representation of Japanese History

    Edited by Roman Rosenbaum

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    This edited collection explores how graphic art and in particular Japanese manga represent Japanese history. The articles explore the representation of history in manga from disciplines that include such diverse fields as literary studies, politics, history, cultural studies, linguistics,...

    Published March 4th 2015 by Routledge

  5. Legacies of the Asia-Pacific War

    The Yakeato Generation

    Edited by Roman Rosenbaum, Yasuko Claremont

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    When we look in detail at the various peripheral groups of disenfranchised people emerging from the aftermath of the Asia–Pacific War the list is startling: Koreans in Japan (migrants or forced labourers), Burakumin, Hibakusha, Okinawans, Asian minorities, comfort women and many others. Many of...

    Published March 4th 2015 by Routledge

  6. Visions of Precarity in Japanese Popular Culture and Literature

    Edited by Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, Roman Rosenbaum

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    Recent natural as well as man-made cataclysmic events have dramatically changed the status quo of contemporary Japanese society, and following the Asia-Pacific war’s never-ending ‘postwar’ period, Japan has been dramatically forced into a zeitgeist of saigo or ‘post-disaster.’ This radically new...

    Published December 4th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Career Women in Contemporary Japan

    Pursuing Identities, Fashioning Lives

    By Anne Stefanie Aronsson

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    Since Japan’s economic recession began in the 1990s, the female workforce has experienced revolutionary changes as greater numbers of women have sought to establish careers. Employment trends indicate that increasingly white-collar professional women are succeeding in breaking through the "glass...

    Published October 24th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Religion and Psychotherapy in Modern Japan

    Edited by Christopher Harding, Iwata Fumiaki, Yoshinaga Shin’ichi

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    Since the late nineteenth century, religious ideas and practices in Japan have become increasingly intertwined with those associated with mental health and healing. This relationship developed against the backdrop of a far broader, and deeply consequential meeting: between Japan’s long-standing,...

    Published September 22nd 2014 by Routledge

  9. Party Politics in Japan

    Political Chaos and Stalemate in the 21st Century

    Edited by Ronald J. Hrebenar, Akira Nakamura

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    The Japanese political system is a parliamentary democracy and was the first western style government in Asia when the parliamentary system was adopted in the 1880s. It has a multiparty system, free elections, and a parliament that functions much the same way that any other democratic parliament...

    Published September 16th 2014 by Routledge

  10. Heritage Conservation and Japan's Cultural Diplomacy

    Heritage, National Identity and National Interest

    By Natsuko Akagawa

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    Japan’s heritage conservation policy and practice, as deployed through its foreign aid programs, has become one of the main means through which post-World War II Japan has sought to mark its presence in the international arena, both globally and regionally. Heritage conservation has been intimately...

    Published July 8th 2014 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Negotiating Censorship in Modern Japan
    Edited by Rachael Hutchinson
    To Be Published July 7th 2015
  2. EU-Japan Relations, 1970-2012: From Confrontation to Global Partnership
    Edited by Jörn Keck, Dimitri Vanoverbeke, Franz Waldenberger
    To Be Published August 8th 2015
  3. Japanese Women in Science and Engineering: History and Policy Change
    By Naonori Kodate, Kashiko Kodate
    To Be Published August 10th 2015
  4. Japan's Border Issues
    By Akihiro Iwashita
    To Be Published October 30th 2015

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