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Advertising & Society Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
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Islamic Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3, SJR: 0.257, CiteScore: 0)
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Journal of Japanese Studies
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ISSN (Print) 0095-6848 - ISSN (Online) 1549-4721
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  • Japan's Labor Regime in Transition: Rethinking Work for a Shrinking Nation
    • Abstract: Japan's population growth gradually slowed over the postwar period: the population reached a peak of 128 million in 2010 and has been declining since then. The decline is expected to accelerate in the years to come, even if fertility increases (Figure 1).1 Government and industry leaders have been aware for several decades that demographic trends were likely to generate labor shortages, but economic stagnation prolonged the labor surpluses of the 1990s and delayed the tightening of the labor market. By the 2010s, however, the trend was unmistakable, as unemployment dipped to 2.8 per cent and the ratio of job offers to applicants rose to 1.6:1 in 2017 (see Figures 2 and 3).Japan's Population: Actual and Projected ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Yoshikawa Eiji's Newspaper Novel Miyamoto Musashi, Gender, and Commercial
           Journalism
    • Abstract: A rich corpus of scholarship has illuminated the ways that commercial print media and mass literature responded to and shaped notions of gender in Japan during the 1920s and 1930s. Minami Hiroshi, Joan Ericson, Nagamine Shigetoshi, Barbara Sato, Maeda Ai, Sarah Frederick, Miriam Silverberg, and Michiko Suzuki have highlighted the roles that women's magazines and female-centered genres of popular fiction played in the reinforcement and production of modern feminine identities ranging from housewife and mother to new woman and modern girl.1 Together these studies also underscore the impact that female readers had on commercial journalism and modern literature. This essay seeks to build upon this foundation and extend ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Reinvigoration and Interrogation of the Political Myth of Kiyū's Suicide
           in Ariyoshi Sawako's Furu Amerika ni sode wa nurasaji
    • Abstract: Furu Amerika ni sode wa nurasaji (Rain from America may fall but my kimono sleeves will not be wet, 1970),1 a drama by Ariyoshi Sawako, elucidates the lives of the women in the entertainment and pleasure quarters in nineteenth-century Japan, offering valuable insights into their political circumstances and status. The play is set in the pleasure quarters (yūkaku) in Yokohama, which were established not only for Japanese men but also for foreigners during the political unrest at the end of the Tokugawa period (1603–1868). Furu Amerika is a fictionalized and unconventional interpretation of the suicide of a historical figure named Kiyū, written as a gikyoku, the literary form of a script for the performing arts. Kiyū ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • On Mediating Laughter: Japan, Television, and the Discourse of Cheer
    • Abstract: In a 1966 letter to the Yomiuri shinbun, a Japanese university student echoed a lament often voiced in the decades following the war: the Japanese, he wrote, had "little laughter" in their everyday lives. Gesturing to their reputation abroad as a rather humorless bunch, he speculated that there might be more to these accusations than mere stereotype. "Certainly, we have little to laugh loudly about in our daily lives," he admitted and suggested that this was the result of "some peculiarity of our traditional culture." At the same time, he argued that the contemporary economic boom had similarly stifled laughter. "We live in a society where almost everything has become mechanistic and business-like, and every day ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japan by Amanda C. Seaman (review)
    • Abstract: Amanda Seaman's Writing Pregnancy in Low-Fertility Japan is an informative and thought-provoking book that offers many fascinating insights into pregnancy—in both its mundane and its outlandish modes—in the last few decades in Japan. As a study of pregnancy in Japan, it joins the ethnography Embodying Culture: Pregnancy in Japan and Israel (Rutgers University Press, 2010) by Tsipy Ivry. As a study of female authors foregrounding their bodily experiences, it joins books like Seaman's own Bodies of Evidence: Women, Society, and Detective Fiction in 1990s Japan (University of Hawai'i Press, 2004) and Julia Bullock's The Other Women's Lib: Gender and Body in Japanese Women's Fiction (University of Hawai'i Press ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food
           Contamination after Fukushima by Aya Hirata Kimura (review)
    • Abstract: This powerful and thought-provoking book is a sober account of the complicated relations between the Japanese government and its citizens in the aftermath of the nuclear accident of March 2011 and the role that scientism, gender, and neoliberalism play in them. These complicated relations were (and still are being) played out through negotiations over food safety in which people with little scientific education measure radioactivity, that is, engage in "citizen science." Aya Hirata Kimura provides a detailed picture of the individual and collective civil enterprises—mostly led by mothers—to detect and disseminate information about food contaminated with radioactive particles in the context of governmental ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Dissenting Japan: A History of Japanese Radicalism and Counterculture,
           from 1945 to Fukushima by William Andrews (review)
    • Abstract: This is a book I'd like to recommend to anyone wishing to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the tumultuous revolts taking place globally around the year 1968. Although presenting itself as a history of Japanese radicalism and counterculture from 1945 to Fukushima, its prime focus is on the 1960s and 1970s, the heyday of the New Left radicalism and counterculture. As many as 10 out of the book's 14 chapters (not counting the introduction and conclusion) are devoted to these decades. Furthermore, it's with an obvious sense of fascination that it describes the actions and the counterculture of this time.Williams's aim is to debunk the common Nihonjinron stereotype of Japan as characterized by harmony and ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
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  • Against Harmony: Progressive and Radical Buddhism in Modern Japan by James
           Mark Shields (review)
    • Abstract: In Against Harmony: Progressive and Radical Buddhism in Modern Japan, James Mark Shields offers a genealogy of progressive Buddhism from the 1880s through the 1930s. He emphasizes figures who qualify, in his terms, as radical: those Buddhists who took up political and social activism while positioning themselves, in one way or another, as opposed to the existing political regime (p. 22). As a catalogue of 50 years of Buddhist experiments with progressivism, Against Harmony vividly depicts the tumult and intellectual excitement of this period in history.Against Harmony is one of a number of recent books to interrogate East Asian Buddhist encounters with socialism, communism, and anarchism; we might mention here, for ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Storied Sage: Canon and Creation in the Making of a Japanese Buddha by
           Micah L. Auerback (review)
    • Abstract: This study of the many various biographies of the historical Buddha written in Japan over the course of fifteen hundred years focuses primarily on what sources and motivations were behind various visual and written texts that convey biographical information about Śākyamuni. The premodern biographies are dealt with in just one chapter because there was not much interest in the historical Buddha, insofar as he was just a provisional manifestation of a "much greater cosmic reality" (p. 23). Bodhisattvas and the founders of the various denominations of Buddhism in Japan attracted more attention than did Śākyamuni. The point where this study blossoms with voluminous detail is when developments in historiography made ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan by Sherry D. Fowler (review)
    • Abstract: Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan is a thorough art historical investigation of the Japanese Buddhist cult of Six Kannon that will serve as a resource for senior-level scholars of Japanese art history, religion, and social history. In the process of investigating the Six Kannon tradition, the volume also offers a solid introduction to some key primary texts for understanding the import and function of religious icons in medieval Japan. Written by art historian Sherry D. Fowler, the book undertakes the crucial work of piecing together from what physical and textual traces remain what can no longer be seen of a once flourishing religious tradition centered on multiple manifestations of the bodhisattva ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Ritualized Writing: Buddhist Practice and Scriptural Cultures in Ancient
           Japan by Bryan D. Lowe (review)
    • Abstract: Performance studies scholar Diana Taylor has argued for the coexistence of (at least) two systems of knowledge transfer, which she calls the "archive" and the "repertoire." For Taylor, the archive is a type of memory that exists in the form of documents, maps, literary texts, manuscripts, and the like, while the repertoire is its crucial coconstituent: a form of memory embodied in performance, gesture, ritual, orality, movement, and so forth. Taylor's concern is to show how these two epistemological modes contest and shape one another, in her case, as relevant to the formation of identity and memory in the pre- and post-Colombian Americas.1 Though Bryan Lowe does not refer to Taylor's work in his study of ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Social History of the Ise Shrines: Divine Capital by Mark Teeuwen and
           John Breen (review)
    • Abstract: Mark Teeuwen and John Breen's new coauthored book on the social history of the Ise shrines comes out at an interesting time, when the shrines are once again in the public eye following their latest rebuilding, the visits of Japan's Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, and the recent G7 Ise-Shima summit. With Ise re-entering the sphere of public and academic interest in Japan, the history of different aspects of kami worship has also been attracting more attention in the West. Thanks to the recently established Bloomsbury Shinto Studies series, in which Teeuwen and Breen's book is the fourth volume, and several other monographs on this subject which appeared elsewhere in 2016–17, the number of incisive and valuable ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Ryukyu Kingdom: Cornerstone of East Asia by Mamoru Akamine (review)
    • Abstract: The English-language scholarship on Okinawan history, while populated with specialized monographs and edited volumes, has few accessible historical surveys that provide broad overviews of the islands' complex history. Mamoru Akamine's work translated into English by Lina Terrell as The Ryukyu Kingdom: Cornerstone of East Asia and edited by Robert Huey fills this gap in several important ways. Focusing on Okinawa's history when the islands were the Ryukyu Kingdom, the book emphasizes the importance of the kingdom's relationship with China, underscores the kingdom's dynamic culture and economic success that came from its place as a "cornerstone" in the "East Asia Trade Sphere," and casts it as an active political ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Teika: The Life and Works of a Medieval Japanese Poet by Paul S. Atkins
           (review)
    • Abstract: In an essay on the American writer David Foster Wallace, the essayist John Jeremiah Sullivan wrote, "Everything we know about the way literature gets made suggests there's some connection between the individual talent and the society that produces it, the social organism. Cultures extrude geniuses the way a beehive will make a new queen when its old one dies."1 My purpose in quoting this is to suggest a homology of types: the appearance of literary genius in our social world. Whether or not you agree with Sullivan about Wallace, there is little doubt that Wallace made (and will probably continue to make) a significant impact on literature. The same can be said of Fujiwara no Teika (1162–1241), the most important ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Itineraries of Power: Texts and Traversals in Heian and Medieval Japan by
           Terry Kawashima (review)
    • Abstract: Terry Kawashima's latest work makes a thoughtful and unique contribution to our understanding of Heian and medieval Japanese cultural history. Starting from the observation that the archipelago during this time period was a scene of constant motion (pilgrimage, itinerancy, military campaigns, exile), Kawashima is intrigued by ways in which the trope of movement provides a particular window into Heian and medieval constructions of power and powerlessness. Yet while other recent scholarship has focused on specific kinds of movement—such as Heather Blair's study of elite lay pilgrimage to Mt. Kinpusen, or my own study of aristocratic banishment1—Kawashima takes a more abstract approach: she's interested in motion ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Network of Knowledge: Western Science and the Tokugawa Information
           Revolution by Terrence Jackson (review)
    • Abstract: More than ten years ago, Terrence Jackson signaled in a review of the present writer's monograph that there was "still work to be done" on the relation between the spread of knowledge relating to Dutch studies (rangaku) and social, cultural, and intellectual networks in Tokugawa Japan.1 In Network of Knowledge, Jackson at last puts forward his own perspective on this question. The book is an interesting study based loosely on the life and times of Otsuki Gentaku (1757–1827), one of the most important founding figures of the Dutch studies movement, and the application of a sociological analysis using social network theory and the ideas of Pierre Bourdieu. Social networks, were, according to Jackson, essential to the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Problem of Women in Early Modern Japan by Marcia Yonemoto (review)
    • Abstract: Marcia Yonemoto's thesis is simple and eminently arguable. She avers (on the dust jacket) that early modern Japan "was a military-bureaucratic state governed by patriarchal and patrilineal principles and laws." Even so, women had "considerable power" (p. 5) within it, as revealed by a variety of literary sources, including instructional manuals, diaries, memoirs, letters and fictional works. This itself is an unproblematic assertion, amply supported by a host of earlier studies by Susan Burns, Laurel Cornell, Laura Nenzi, Wakita Haruko, and Anne Walthall, among others. What distinguishes Yonemoto's work is the holistic approach to what she terms the "problem of women" during the Edo or Tokugawa period (1603–1868). ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Kyoto Visual Culture in the Early Edo and Meiji Periods: The Arts of
           Reinvention ed. by Morgan Pitelka and Alice Y. Tseng (review)
    • Abstract: Kyoto went through multiple natural and human-caused disasters after its establishment as the new imperial capital in 794 CE but continued to serve its initial function until 1869 when Emperor Meiji moved to Tokyo (formerly Edo) with the end of the 200-year dominance of the Tokugawa shogunate. The heart of Kyoto has stood in its current location since its completion, contributing to the impression of continuity in its cultural identity. The seven essays in this volume, however, demonstrate that "Kyoto" had to be "reinvented" and revitalized in response to changing political and cultural currents. In two parts, this volume explores the visual culture of Kyoto at two moments of crisis: immediately following the ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Waves of Renewal: Modern Japanese Prints, 1900 to 1960: Selections from
           the Nihon no Hanga Collection, Amsterdam ed. by Chris Uhlenbeck, Amy
           Reigle Newland, and Maureen de Vries (review)
    • Abstract: The aptly named Nihon no hanga collection is one of the finest repositories of Japanese prints in Europe, and this stunning volume capitalizes on the quality and scope of that collection. The well-documented catalogue provides an almost completely comprehensive survey of Japanese prints from the first six decades of the twentieth century, augmented with ten essays on various aspects of modern printmaking. Produced in large format and brilliant color by Hotei Publishing, a press that has set the highest standards for English-language works on Japanese art over the last two decades, Waves of Renewal is both a beautiful "coffee table book" and a resource that scholars in this area will rely upon for many years to ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Tokyo Anthology: Literature from Japan's Modern Metropolis, 1850–1920
           ed. by Sumie Jones and Charles Shirō Inouye (review)
    • Abstract: A bit more than halfway through A Tokyo Anthology: Literature From Japan's Modern Metropolis, 1850–1920, an ambitious, engaging, and quirky anthology of modern Japanese literature coedited by Sumie Jones and Charles Shirō Inouye, I found myself lingering over a sentence from Saiankoku no Tōkyō (In darkest Tokyo), Matsubara Iwagorō's harrowing 1893 account of Tokyo's slums: "Once one steps over into this other world, as represented by the depths of this monstrous slum, one sees the ragged patterns that exist on the reverse side of life's elegant brocade of lies" (pp. 262–63). My attention was first caught by the parallel between Matsubara's metaphor, in Inouye's translation, and Don Quixote's famous suggestion that ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Satō Haruo and Modern Japanese Literature by Charles Exley (review)
    • Abstract: "O Rose, thou art sick!" To many Japanese readers, especially those of older generations, this line is associated almost as much with Satō Haruo (1892–1964) as with William Blake. Satō's acclaimed novella Den'en no yūutsu (Melancholy in the country, 1919; translated by Francis Tenny as The Sick Rose: A Pastoral Elegy, 1993) is so rich in intertextuality that it serves as an excellent text for a postgraduate seminar in comparative literature training in explication of the text. Satō is also one of the key figures in the history of the reception of Edgar Allan Poe in Japan. In modern Japanese literary history, Satō is regarded as an important and influential poet, novelist, critic, and essayist. He started to publish ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Women in Japanese Cinema: Alternative Perspectives by Tamae K. Prindle
           (review)
    • Abstract: Tamae K. Prindle's book Women in Japanese Cinema: Alternative Perspectives is an ambitious study that attempts an analysis of selected Japanese films from various "feminist"-derived theoretical positions—"ecological feminism," "Marxist/socialist feminism," "Jungian psychoanalysis," "Lacanian sexuality," "Freudian penis envy," "Sartrean existentialism," "shojo hood," "Honda Masuko's concept of cocooned girlhood," Julia Kristeva's "Women's Time," "sadomasochism," "Lacanian psychoanalysis," and "Lyotardian/Jamesonian postmodernism" (p. 2).Due to the ambitious nature of the book's theoretical themes and the eclectic nature of the films selected for analysis, I suggest the book not be approached as a synthesized thesis ... Read More
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  • My Life as a Filmmaker by Yamamoto Satsuo (review)
    • Abstract: In recent decades, Japanese film and media scholars have expanded their scope of inquiry beyond canonical auteurs (namely Kurosawa Akira, Ozu Yasujirō, Mizoguchi Kenji) and their touted works (Rashōmon, Tōkyō monogatari [Tokyo Story], Sanshō dayū [Sansho the Bailiff]), but some directors have fallen through the cracks. The author of the present volume, Yamamoto Satsuo, is one such figure. In his distinguished career spanning nearly five decades, this Kyushu-born director (hence the name "Satsuo") became known in Japan as a left-wing and shakaiha (social school) filmmaker who grappled with serious political and socioeconomic issues—from Japan's aggression in World War II, gang intimidation in cities, and ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Fukushima and the Arts: Negotiating Nuclear Disaster ed. by Barbara
           Geilhorn and Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt (review)
    • Abstract: This edited volume, Fukushima and the Arts, was published six years after the March 11, 2011, triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of the reactors of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The editors, theater scholar Barbara Geilhorn and Japanese literature professor Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt, originate from Germany, the country that reacted most strongly to the nuclear disaster by quickly passing a law to phase out its own nuclear power program by the year 2022—in contrast to Japan, where the government remains committed to nuclear power.To date, academic scholarship on the earthquake, tsunami, nuclear catastrophe, and their many effects—identified collectively as ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Book of the Dead by Orikuchi Shinobu (review)
    • Abstract: Presented in history as the cofounder of Japanese folklore studies (minzokugaku), together with his colleague and mentor Yanagita Kunio, but also remembered as a poet, a scholar of ancient Japan, and, to perhaps a lesser extent until recent times, as a fiction writer, Orikuchi Shinobu (1887–1953) appears to have been rediscovered by both academia and the press in the last decade. This revival is clear in, for example, the republication of Orikuchi's works, such as his representative study Kodai kenkyū (Research on antiquity, 2016), released in celebration of the 130th anniversary of his birth.Recent Japanese scholarly publications on Orikuchi have tended to shift the focus away from him as a folklorist almost ... Read More
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  • The Fabric of Indigeneity: Ainu Identity, Gender, and Settler Colonialism
           in Japan by ann-elise lewallen (review)
    • Abstract: The Fabric of Indigeneity and Ainu Identity is excellent, informative, and insightful. This thought-provoking book is about contemporary Ainu women artists' efforts in cultural revival and vitalization as they perform cloth work (sewing, embroidery, appliqué, etc.). It is a must-read for anyone who wants to study about Japan, especially the Ainu, a racial and ethnic minority group.In this book, ann-elise lewallen covers the long history of the Ainu and the Japanese in general, with her main focus on the period between the end of World War II and 2008. The author guides her readers through the major social and historical events of the Ainu, including the Ainu Cultural Promotion Act of 1997, which led to the revival ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Divided Fates: The State, Race, and Korean Immigrants' Adaptation in Japan
           and the United States by Kazuko Suzuki (review)
    • Abstract: Kazuko Suzuki's book compares Korean diaspora communities in Japan and the United States with an emphasis on what she considers a "vastly under-examined marginal group" (p. xxiii). The original plan for her research was also to include Korean communities in Russia. However, this third component was abandoned as a result of censorship in the post–9/11 context, which saw most of Suzuki's research material confiscated by the U.S. postal service, never to be returned (p. xiii). This is not the only difficulty Suzuki endured in completing this project: she encountered complications in identifying zainichi Koreans (a point I return to later) and in gaining the trust of individuals once they were identified as zainichi. ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Suicide in Twentieth-Century Japan by Francesca Di Marco (review)
    • Abstract: The years 2016 and 2017 saw renewed media coverage, both in Japan and internationally, of karōshi (death from overwork) and karō jisatsu (suicide relating to overwork). Alongside the Japanese advertising agency Dentsu, once again taken to task for its harsh treatment of new employees, Japan's national broadcaster NHK and a construction company working on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium found themselves the focus of public scrutiny following the deaths of employees: the NHK employee from heart failure (2013), the construction worker by taking his own life (2017). Two enduring images of modern Japan, inside and outside the country, were reinforced: an intense work culture, capable of becoming toxic; and high rates of ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Transnational Japan in the Global Environmental Movement by Simon Avenell
           (review)
    • Abstract: The following vignettes animate Simon Avenell's Transnational Japan in the Global Environmental Movement:A young Japanese physician examines the contorted bodies of victims of Minamata Disease (methylmercury poisoning) for the first time and, appalled by the discrimination and poverty they suffer, dedicates the rest of his life to antipollution activism—also resolving wherever possible to visit victims in their homes to understand the wider context of their condition and their suffering (pp. 48–51).After a United Nations environmental conference held in Stockholm during the Vietnam War, a Japanese activist and journalist asks herself during a speech whether whales were more important than "yellow people" to ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Globalization and the Politics of Institutional Reform in Japan by Motoshi
           Suzuki (review)
    • Abstract: Motoshi Suzuki's book provides an analysis of government reform in Japan, in connection with changes in the international environment, especially globalization; the analysis consists of three components. The first is a theoretical discussion. In chapter 1 the author offers an overview of approaches to institutional change, particularly those based on rational choice, and presents the main framework that is used to examine Japanese government leaders' role in adjusting Japan's economic system to changes in the international environment in order to pursue economic development. The author also incorporates theoretical discussions in other chapters, in particular developing his analysis in conjunction with various ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Japan's Security Renaissance: New Policies and Politics for the
           Twenty-First Century by Andrew L. Oros (review)
    • Abstract: Japan's security policy as it has gathered momentum for change over the last decade, and especially with the advent of Abe Shinzō's second administration (Abe 2.0), has rightly attracted increasing policy and scholarly attention given its impact upon questions of regional stability. Andrew Oros's new volume is not just a splendid addition to this burgeoning literature but is arguably now the leading work available due to its up-to-date and comprehensive nature. Oros provides an important and in-depth analysis of the development of Japan's security policy spanning the period from Abe 1.0 (2006–7) to Abe 2.0 (2012–). He interweaves this with the evolving international security environment, changes in domestic ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Central Banks and Gold: How Tokyo, London, and New York Shaped the Modern
           World by Simon James Bytheway and Mark Metzler (review)
    • Abstract: Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, Japan has constantly been in the spotlight of economic and financial historians. This may have to do with the particular relevance of Japan's financial travails in recent history. As is well known, the bursting of the country's proverbial bubble economy heralded a "lost decade" (some would argue two lost decades). In hindsight, it turned out to be a highly delineated experience of the predicament that struck most of the developed world in the aftermath of the crisis of 2007–8. Not only was "quantitative easing," the preferred medicine for stress relief practiced by central bankers, remarkably similar to Japan's postbubble strategy, but, as Japan's policymakers had ... Read More
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  • Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun: Japan and the Jews during the
           Holocaust Era by Meron Medzini (review)
    • Abstract: Considering the tiny sliver of history in which Jewish and Asian history have overlapped, it is extraordinary that so many people have written about the experience of Jews in that part of the world.1 More attention in this small subfield has been focused on China, but Japan is a not-so-distant second. It should be noted from the outset that there is a great deal of popular writing about Japan, China, and the Jews—of the "lost tribe" ilk—that is simply silly. Thankfully, Meron Medzini does not waste our time dispensing with it. I mention it merely because I want to stress just the scholarly writing on this topic. There is also heinous anti-Semitism coming out of Japan, a topic on which Medzini does touch.There were ... Read More
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  • Japanese Reflections on World War II and the American Occupation by Edgar
           A. Porter and Ran Ying Porter (review)
    • Abstract: Teaching the Asia Pacific War remains a particular challenge to historians of Japan. As John Dower's work has powerfully shown, nationalist narratives on all sides that claim this war as central to their respective contemporary identities limit the historical imagination in ways that run the risk of replicating wartime patterns of dehumanizing the enemy. One approach to widening the epistemological horizon is to let students discover the everyday wartime experiences of people with whom they may not readily identify, whether by way of individual memories gathered through oral histories, or by recovering the personal reflections ordinary people recorded in their diaries as they lived through the war. Haruko and Ted ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Casualties of History: Wounded Japanese Servicemen and the Second World
           War by Lee K. Pennington (review)
    • Abstract: This is a rich, insightful analysis of a much-neglected subject, the experience of "wounded Japanese servicemen" during what the author refers to as the "Second World War." Both phrases are carefully explained and justified in the introduction, the author navigating the Japanese terminology around wartime casualties and settling on shōi gunjin (literally, "injured and sick serviceman") as the nearest equivalent to "disabled veteran" in English despite its "deflective" purpose. The focus of the book is further narrowed to examine physically disabled veterans of the Imperial Japanese Army, particularly war amputees, but the reader is assured that this is not to the complete exclusion of other communities of disabled ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Homecomings: The Belated Return of Japan's Lost Soldiers by Yoshikuni
           Igarashi (review)
    • Abstract: Yoshikuni Igarashi wrote Homecomings as a sequel to his earlier work, Bodies of Memory: Narratives of War in Postwar Japanese Culture, 1945–1970. The connection is close. Homecomings begins with a chapter examining images of Japanese war veterans in early postwar films, followed by another on Kurita Shigeru's (pen name Gomikawa Junpei) part novel, part memoir, Ningen no jōken (The human condition, a work itself made in film version.These beginnings are interesting enough in their own right. But the value of Homecomings becomes more apparent, and more pointed, as Igarashi turns to the records of actual Japanese servicemen and civilians, the overwhelming majority of whom had been taken prisoner by the Soviet Union ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • One Hundred Million Philosophers: Science of Thought and the Culture of
           Democracy in Postwar Japan by Adam Bronson (review)
    • Abstract: How can historians capture the spirit of an era' The pursuit of the zeitgeist or seishin shi of postwar Japan's sociointellectual culture poses several challenges to historians. For example, chronological framing can distort our appreciation of the continuities of history that linger inconveniently into subsequent epochs. Can we understand postwar thought if we look only at the period commencing August 15, 1945' Can we identify an "end" to the postwar era that has relevance to more than a tightly defined cohort of thinkers and activists' Another troublesome consideration is identifying individuals, ideas, or movements that can be considered genuinely representative of an era, so that the portrait of the age is ... Read More
      Keywords: Labor supply; Demographic transition; Serialized fiction; Japanese newspapers; Historical drama, Japanese; Japan; Television programs; Television comedies; Laughter; Japanese literature; Protest movements; Buddhism; Ryukyu Islands; Women; Tseng, Alice Y.; Newland,
      PubDate: 2018-08-01T00:00:00-05:00
       
 
 
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