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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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21-30 of 53 results in Routledge Contemporary Japan Series
  1. Adoption in Japan

    Comparing Policies for Children in Need

    By Peter Hayes, Toshie Habu

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    The first book-length study of adoption in Japan, this impressive work tackles the innovative and sometimes controversial subject of the policies of adoption agencies in Japan. The book places special adoption in the context of a liberal reformist agenda that has challenged...

    Published July 12th 2012 by Routledge

  2. Mental Health Care in Japan

    Edited by Ruth Taplin, Sandra J. Lawman

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    Mental health, including widespread depression, a high suicide rate and institutionalisation, is a major problem in Japan. At the same time, the mental health care system in Japan has historically been more restrictive than elsewhere in the world. This book looks at the challenges of mental health...

    Published June 20th 2012 by Routledge

  3. A Japanese Joint Venture in the Pacific

    Foreign bodies in tinned tuna

    By Kate Barclay

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    The Japanese, and other Asians, are increasingly taking over some of the roles previously played by Europeans in the Pacific islands, which is giving rise to interesting new economic relationships, and interesting new interactions between nationalities. This book considers the role of the Japanese...

    Published June 13th 2012 by Routledge

  4. 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 May 27th 2012 by Routledge

  5. A New Japan for the Twenty-First Century

    An Inside Overview of Current Fundamental Changes and Problems

    Edited by Rien T. Segers

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    Many people in the West portray Japan as being fixed in its ways, and unable to change, and consequently risking national decline and international loss of prestige. However, in fact, Japan is at present in a significant transition period, comparable to the Meiji Restoration of 1868 or the period...

    Published May 14th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Japan's Local Newspapers

    Chihoshi and Revitalization Journalism

    By Anthony S. Rausch

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    Japan is one of the world’s most literate societies. Its national newspapers are the most read newspapers in the world, and the country also has a very vibrant local newspaper sector. This book assesses the vital role local newspapers play in the development of local communities, as well as...

    Published April 11th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Superhuman Japan

    Knowledge, Nation and Culture in US-Japan Relations

    By Marie Thorsten

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    This book examines the imaginative narratives that shaped the attitudes of Americans (and others) toward Japan. Focusing on cultural aspects of economic nationalism and US-Japan relations during the trade war Marie Thorsten uses examples from public discourse, film, documentaries, novels, acts of...

    Published March 12th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Japanese Aid and the Construction of Global Development

    Inescapable Solutions

    Edited by David Leheny, Kay Warren

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    Instead of asking the usual questions about Japanese aid — Why is Japanese aid so different from that of other donors? Is Japanese aid effective? — this collection takes it as axiomatic that Japanese aid actors are now working in a contentious environment affected by changing global norms of aid....

    Published January 18th 2012 by Routledge

  9. Political Reform in Japan

    Leadership Looming Large

    By Alisa Gaunder

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    Political Reform in Japan argues that the quality of political leadership is the crucial determinant of whether parties in positions of dominance, like the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan, pass or reject policies such as electoral system and campaign finance reforms that could harm the party's...

    Published October 11th 2011 by Routledge

  10. The Rise of Japanese NGOs

    Activism from Above

    By Kim D. Reimann

    Series: Routledge Contemporary Japan Series

    Over the past two decades, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have exploded in number and emerged as a new force in international and transnational politics. Why, however, do some countries nonetheless have more active NGO sectors than others? Using the case of Japan, this book uncovers...

    Published October 11th 2011 by Routledge