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Journal Cover Journal of Japanese Studies
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  • Nature in Translation: Japanese Tourism Encounters the Canadian Rockies by
           Shiho Satsuka (review)
    • Abstract: According to author Shiho Satsuka, Nature in Translation aims at exploring the following questions:What is the appeal of magnificent nature to Japanese travelers? How has the vast scale of nature in Canada served as a site for young Japanese to transform their subjectivities at this historical moment? What do their experiences tell us about the subjectivity of flexible workers who were pushed into transnational labor markets? How are the guides’ experiences shaped by the larger historical context of cultural encounters in asymmetrical global power relations?As can be surmised from this list of research objectives summarized by the author herself, this book is more about young Japanese tour guides and their lives ... Read More
      Keywords: Japanese; Flower arrangement, Japanese; Clothing and dress; Taiwan; Nudism; Japan; Transnationalism; National security; Kyoto (Japan); Cobcroft, Wendy; Nature study; Translating and interpreting; Kurosawa, Tokiko,; Free ports and zones; Chinese; Demo
      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Ikebana as Industry: Traditional Arts in the Era of High-Speed Growth
    • Abstract: In 1966, when ikebana was at its peak popularity in Japan, the largest schools had reached a bitter and untenable stage of competition and made the surprising decision to form an industry association, the Japan Ikebana Arts Association (Nihon Ikebana Geijutsu Kyōkai), to help manage cooperation and find some common ground to benefit all. Anecdotally, the idea for this unprecedented effort to coordinate activities stemmed from a conversation between Teshigahara Sōfū, headmaster (iemoto) of the Sōgetsu school, and an unnamed member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party about the potential of coopting the voting power of the huge population of ikebana teachers and students. The politician salivated over the ... Read More
      Keywords: Japanese; Flower arrangement, Japanese; Clothing and dress; Taiwan; Nudism; Japan; Transnationalism; National security; Kyoto (Japan); Cobcroft, Wendy; Nature study; Translating and interpreting; Kurosawa, Tokiko,; Free ports and zones; Chinese; Demo
      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Clothing the Body, Dressing the Identity: The Case of the Japanese in
           Taiwan during the Colonial Period
    • Abstract: Policies of dress were enforced in the colonial legal framework of Taiwan and drew from Japanese experience earlier in the Meiji period. Through these policies, this study examines the construction of Japanese identity. In 1895, Taiwan was ceded to Japan under the terms of the Treaty of Shimonoseki that ended the Sino-Japanese War. Having just defeated China, its previous center of civilization, Japan felt itself superior to the Chinese as well as to the Taiwanese Han people and sought to carry the “civilizing” mission to its new colony.1 However, soon after their arrival on the island, the Japanese faced the destabilization of their authority because of differences in mores and bodily practices between the ... Read More
      Keywords: Japanese; Flower arrangement, Japanese; Clothing and dress; Taiwan; Nudism; Japan; Transnationalism; National security; Kyoto (Japan); Cobcroft, Wendy; Nature study; Translating and interpreting; Kurosawa, Tokiko,; Free ports and zones; Chinese; Demo
      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Transnational History and Japan’s “Comparative
           Advantage”
    • Abstract: One of the fastest growing fields in history is transnational history or global history. My essay suggests ways in which historians of Japan might contribute to this exciting field. Scholars have not found it easy to distinguish transnational history from global history. These methodologies further overlap with comparative history, which compares similar phenomena that may have evolved independently in disparate geographical areas. The comparative study of “feudal” practices in medieval Europe and Japan is a case of the latter. Transnational history and global history, on the other hand, spotlight connections among nations, empires, or regions. Typically they chart the movement of commodities, ideas, institutions ... Read More
      Keywords: Japanese; Flower arrangement, Japanese; Clothing and dress; Taiwan; Nudism; Japan; Transnationalism; National security; Kyoto (Japan); Cobcroft, Wendy; Nature study; Translating and interpreting; Kurosawa, Tokiko,; Free ports and zones; Chinese; Demo
      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Japan’s Strategic Trajectory and Collective Self-Defense: Essential
           Continuity or Radical Shift?
    • Abstract: Throughout 2014 and 2015, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō invested major policy energy to advance a “limited” (gentei-teki yōnin) form of collective self-defense (shūdan-teki jieiken), a right Japan had denied itself the exercise of since the mid-1950s.1 The Cabinet Decision of July 1, 2014, and the subsequent passage of extensive legislation in the National Diet in September 2015 now permit Japan for the first time in the postwar period and under “three new conditions” (san-shinjōken) to exercise force even if not itself directly under attack.2 Japan under Abe has shifted its postwar security policy: moving away from predicating its security stance upon interpretations of Article 9 of the 1947 constitution that permit ... Read More
      Keywords: Japanese; Flower arrangement, Japanese; Clothing and dress; Taiwan; Nudism; Japan; Transnationalism; National security; Kyoto (Japan); Cobcroft, Wendy; Nature study; Translating and interpreting; Kurosawa, Tokiko,; Free ports and zones; Chinese; Demo
      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Kyoto: An Urban History of Japan’s Premodern Capital by Matthew
           Stavros (review)
    • Abstract: In the eyes of visitors, Kyoto may appear to be a timeless, unchanging city. It served as Japan’s imperial capital for over one thousand years and is the home to temples, festivals, and cultural traditions that were first practiced there centuries ago. Even today, the city retains much of its original eighth-century grid-like layout, and many of the major streets still bear the names given to them at that time. But those who study premodern Japan quickly discover that there were many different Kyotos. Literary scholars might engage with Kyoto as the site of elegant refinements and romantic escapades in Genji monogatari or as a capital groaning under Kiso Yoshinaka’s occupation in Heike monogatari. In the fourteenth ... Read More
      Keywords: Japanese; Flower arrangement, Japanese; Clothing and dress; Taiwan; Nudism; Japan; Transnationalism; National security; Kyoto (Japan); Cobcroft, Wendy; Nature study; Translating and interpreting; Kurosawa, Tokiko,; Free ports and zones; Chinese; Demo
      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Lovable Losers: The Heike in Action and Memory ed. by Mikael S. Adolphson
           and Anne Commons (review)
    • Abstract: What would we do without conference volumes? Although every meeting convener hears that this genre is not welcome at most publishers, when well done, as with the present book, we reap a concrete exemplar of the inter-disciplinary that Japan studies, at its best, aspires to. This book is chock full of useful, definitive essays that display scrupulous scholarship, broad thinking, and interconnectedness. Everyone involved with Lovable Losers deserves huzzahs for sticking to the promise of the original conference in Banff, Alberta, over the four years it took to get to press. The editors/organizers, Mikael Adolphson and Anne Commons, tell us that Banff was an apt setting for “frequent and concentrated discussions in ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Rice, Agriculture, and the Food Supply in Premodern Japan by Charlotte von
           Verschuer (review)
    • Abstract: The place of rice in Japanese agriculture and civilization has been a contentious issue among scholars of all disciplines for 50 years or more. Sahara Makoto, the leading archaeologist of the Yayoi period (defined by Sahara as 300 BCE–300 CE), argued in his heyday (the 1980s) that rice was introduced to Japan during that period and overtook the islands almost overnight. According to Sahara, the chief characteristic of the Yayoi people was that they ate rice. On the other hand, Amino Yoshihiko, a historian of medieval Japan (roughly 1100–1600), told me once in a scholarly conversation that rice farmers comprised no more than 25 per cent of the population of Japan in the medieval period. Later, while I was doing ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Spectacular Accumulation: Material Culture, Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Samurai
           Sociability by Morgan Pitelka (review)
    • Abstract: The cover of this book shows a Yoshitoshi print, full of the lurid aniline purples and crimsons beloved of early Meiji print artists, in which Tokugawa Ieyasu is depicted examining a severed head. The head is that of Kimura Shigenari, a warrior leader who fought on the Toyotomi side at the siege of Osaka castle in the summer of 1615 and lost his life in battle. Since he had been one of the leading warriors on the Toyotomi side, his head had the honor of being inspected by Ieyasu himself and naturally also had a part in the NHK Taiga-dorama “Tokugawa Ieyasu” in 1983. Thus, the cover neatly introduces two of the themes of this book, Ieyasu and, more improbably, severed heads.The year 2016 was the 400th anniversary of ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan
           by Federico Marcon (review)
    • Abstract: Modern scholarship on Tokugawa intellectual history has typically focused on ethical, political, religious, and aesthetic thought, an approach that contributes to a picture of the Tokugawa period as governed by “traditional values” that were then radically disrupted by the introduction of Western scientific modes of thinking, starting on the relatively limited scale of Dutch Learning (rangaku) and then permeating Japanese intellectual life more comprehensively after the Meiji Restoration. In The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan, Federico Marcon offers a valuable corrective to this view through his analysis of Tokugawa honzōgaku, which he describes as “a scholarly field that ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Listen, Copy, Read: Popular Learning in Early Modern Japan ed. by Matthias
           Hayek and Annick Horiuchi (review)
    • Abstract: Those of us embroiled in the day-to-day realities of university level-education may find striking similarities between our current labor conditions and the publishing world of Edo-period Japan. University educators today face demands to specify learning objectives, to restructure curricula and disciplines around learning paths, to recognize our students as knowledge consumers and ourselves as knowledge dealers, and to package our courses for delivery to the global market. The dizzying pace of these opportunities is matched by the innovation-driven scenarios of academic publishing in early modern Japan, where authors and booksellers raced to create popular learning books whose “language, layout, illustrations and ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • A Cultural History of Translation in Early Modern Japan by Rebekah
           Clements (review)
    • Abstract: Rebekah Clements has produced an important study of the kinds of texts that were translated into contemporaneous Japanese(s) throughout the early modern period. Her introduction considers what one might consider “translation” in the early modern period and the plethora of terms used then to describe the rendering of one text into another. The first chapter, “Language and Society in Tokugawa Japan,” provides background for the following chapters, considering urbanization, literacy, the printing industry, “multilingualism,” kokugaku, and “language consciousness among Tokugawa sinologists,” among other issues. Individual chapters consider three kinds of source texts: pre-Edo classical Japanese texts, “Chinese” texts ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Defensive Positions. The Politics of Maritime Security in Tokugawa Japan
           by Noell Wilson (review)
    • Abstract: Maritime security is one of the top issues on the minds of political leaders across the Indo Asia-Pacific region, particularly as it pertains to the South China Sea. It is also the topic, in its early modern context, of Noell Wilson’s fascinating study of Tokugawa Japan. This book engages with the theme of maritime space, especially in its connection to coastal defense. Its author “reframes our understanding of early modern Japanese coastal defense, challenging its previous portrayal as a xenophobic reaction to Western pressure in the nineteenth century and instead casting it as part of a longer-term process, both shogunal and domainal, to extend military control to water spaces” (p. 13). Wilson argues that coastal ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa Tokiko: One Woman’s Transit from
           Tokugawa to Meiji Japan by Laura Nenzi (review)
    • Abstract: Whose history do I, as historian, write? Or, to paraphrase Lenin’s famous motto, the history of who doing what to whom else for whose sake do I write about? These questions point straight to the theoretical tension behind Laura Nenzi’s charming biography of Kurosawa Tokiko, an extraordinary woman whose long life (1806–90) accompanied some of the most radical transformations in Japanese history. Such questioning becomes all the more relevant as Nenzi conceives of her study as a “history writ large through the eyes of an unimportant person who did not change its course” (p. 6). From its opening pages, the book swears allegiance to “microhistory” and to research that focuses on “undistinguished” stories of ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Empires on the Waterfront: Japan’s Ports and Power, 1868–1899 by
           Catherine L. Phipps (review)
    • Abstract: In this pathbreaking work, Catherine Phipps proposes a novel framework for understanding Japan’s globalization at the end of the nineteenth century. Empires on the Waterfront argues that even before Japan recovered its territorial sovereignty in 1899, Japanese engaged in significant international trade outside of the treaty ports of Hakodate, Kobe, Nagasaki, Niigata, and Yokohama and the open cities of Osaka and Tokyo. The book examines the opening of 22 “special” ports before 1899, with particular attention to the Kyushu port of Moji and its integration with the nearby coalfields of Chikuhō. Phipps demonstrates that these ports facilitated the creation of production and export infrastructures linking Japan with ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Rise of a Japanese Chinatown: Yokohama, 1894–1972 by Eric C. Han
           (review)
    • Abstract: For Western writers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Yoko hama was exotic—think of Rudyard Kipling’s “Blood Street Joe”—and to many it was Chinatown that lay at the heart of the exoticism. Chinatown was a dark and mysterious place, full of gambling houses and sailors’ bars, usually known as “grogshops,” the whole pervaded by the smell of strange foods and spices. As with so much of old Yokohama, that Chinatown was swept away in the 1923 earthquake. The rebuilt area was in turn destroyed in the massive bombing raids of 1945. In the 1960s and 1970s, a postwar shantytown gave way to a far more glossy and glamorous complex of restaurants that has made the area a gourmet’s paradise. Although ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Failed Democratization in Prewar Japan: Breakdown of a Hybrid Regime by
           Harukata Takenaka (review)
    • Abstract: To use the author’s words, the purpose of political scientist Harukata Ta kenaka’s book is to address this question: “how and why does a semi-democratic regime—a regime that developed as a result of the significant degree of democratization—break down without experiencing further democratization?” (p. 1). Within this context, the evolution, decline, and eventual disappearance of the system of party government in Japan between 1918 and 1932 constitutes a case through which to study the factors that lead to the breakdown of a semidemocratic regime. The book revisits territory previously covered by the author in a 2002 book published by Kisōsha, Senzen Nihon ni okeru minshuka no zasetsu: minshuka tojō taisei hōkai no ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Intimate Empire: Collaboration and Colonial Modernity in Korea and Japan
           by Nayoung Aimee Kwon (review)
    • Abstract: The element of contradiction inherent in Japan’s assimilation policy, and for that matter in nearly all assimilation experiments under colonial conditions, receives at least brief mention in most academic studies on this history. The colonial subjugators’ rhetoric of union with the colonized never quite squared with their policies to advance discrimination and segregation. Intimate Empire takes this discussion to a deeper level through in-depth examination of examples where this contradiction actualized, in venues where colonizer interacted with colonized subjects and their culture. Facades created to accentuate togetherness, Nayoung Aimee Kwon argues, only partially obscured a “simultaneous need [for the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Significant Soil: Settler Colonialism and Japan’s Urban Empire in
           Manchuria by Emer O’Dwyer (review)
    • Abstract: Emer O’Dwyer’s Significant Soil is an eagerly anticipated contribution to a recent wave of scholarship on the social and political history of Japanese imperialism in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Asia. Originating from the author’s 2007 dissertation, it is the first monograph dedicated to the singular history of the Liaodong Peninsula or Kwantung Leased Territory (KLT)—now the administrative unit of Lüda (Lüshun and Dalian) in the People’s Republic of China. With its natural deep-water harbor, Liaodong was the object of imperialist designs by multiple powers following its discovery by British surveyors in the 1880s. Acquired by Japan upon its victory in the Sino-Japanese War in 1895, the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The International Minimum: Creativity and Contradiction in Japan’s
           Global Engagement, 1933–1964 by Jessamyn R. Abel (review)
    • Abstract: One of the main trends in international history in recent years has been the growing interest in the evolution of internationalism in terms of both its practice and its intellectual development. In regard to Japanese international relations, this has led to a number of important studies, including Tomoko Akami, Internationalizing the Pacific: The United States, Japan and the Institute of Pacific Relations in War and Peace, 1919–45 (Routledge, 2002); Thomas Burkman, Japan and the League of Nations: Empire and World Order, 1914–1938 (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2008); and Liang Pan, The United Nations in Japan’s Foreign and Security Policymaking, 1945–1992 (Harvard University Press, 2005). All of these have ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Daily Life in Wartime Japan, 1940–1945 by Samuel Hideo Yamashita
           (review)
    • Abstract: Samuel Hideo Yamashita’s Daily Life in Wartime Japan, 1940–1945 offers many insights into the wartime experiences of Japanese housewives and children, city dwellers and farmers, civilians and servicemen. Yamashita draws on his long experience with wartime diaries and letters: he has collected 160 diaries, translated (according to his website) 65 of them, and included several in a fine anthology, Leaves from an Autumn of Emergencies: Selections from the Wartime Diaries of Ordinary Japanese (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2005). Many more are featured in this book.However, the reader who is looking for a comprehensive account of daily life in wartime Japan—if we understand daily life as the everyday experiences of a ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Flowers That Kill: Communicative Opacity in Political Spaces by Emiko
           Ohnuki-Tierney (review)
    • Abstract: This clearly written, wide-ranging book explores communicative opacity—“an absence of communication or mutual understanding” by individuals who draw “different meanings from the same symbol, or, more often, due to an absence of articulation in their minds of the meaning they are drawing. This leads to an unawareness of the absence of communication among the social actors involved” (p. 2). The author analyzes examples from Japanese culture together with counterparts in European history, loosely organized under the metaphor “flowers that kill.” In this view, the polysemous cherry blossom, often associated with agrarian productivity, romance, or the evanescence of life, was reconfigured into a military imperative ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Beyond Hiroshima: The Return of the Repressed; Wartime Memory,
           Performativity and the Documentary in Contemporary Japanese Photography
           and Video Art ed. by Ayelet Zohar (review)
    • Abstract: The titles and subtitles of this catalogue for an exhibition that took place at the University of Tel Aviv in 2015—written in Hebrew on one side of the cover and English and Japanese on the reverse—reflect complex provocations. Highlighting ten Japanese photography and video artists born in three different generations whose work has unflinchingly dealt with the collective trauma of the Pacific War that continues to shape postwar Japan, the trilingual “Wartime Memory · ” might equally implicate Americans, Japanese, Israelis—or indeed citizens of any nation. “Beyond Hiroshima” mainly means complicating the Japanese culture of victimhood. Troublingly, from the time this exhibition took place, “The Return of the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows ed. by Amanda Maddox (review)
    • Abstract: Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows is the exhibition catalogue that accompanied the photographer’s first major retrospective outside Japan, at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, from October 6, 2015, to February 21, 2016. A retrospective exhibition outside Japan and a comprehensive book in English about Ishiuchi’s work were overdue.After taking up photography at the age of 28, Ishiuchi Miyako (b. 1947) revisited her hometown, Yokosuka, in 1977, recording the U.S. Navy town with a handheld camera. The Yokosuka of her black-and-white photographs is a dark place, full of stains and scars and inextricably intertwined with her childhood; the American presence is often directly or indirectly visible. This Yokosuka ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Japanese Mythology in Film: A Semiotic Approach to Reading Japanese Film
           and Anime by Yoshiko Okuyama (review)
    • Abstract: This good book harks back to pioneering studies of Japanese film such as Keiko MacDonald’s Reading a Japanese Film.1 Yoshiko Okuyama focuses on the same key questions that MacDonald does: What do film viewers need to know to obtain a meaningful understanding of what they are watching? And, what do critical methods for interpreting film contribute to achieve that end? Like MacDonald, Okuyama comes to her project from long experience in the classroom. This book is designed primarily as a textbook for undergraduates interested in film and Japanese language and culture.Part 1 is laid out as a primer of “Semiotics for Film Analysis.” Chapter 1 offers a general introduction answering the question: “What is Semiotics?” ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Photography for Everyone: The Cultural Lives of Cameras and Consumers in
           Early Twentieth-Century Japan by Kerry Ross (review)
    • Abstract: The point of departure for this well-executed study is the claim that Japan in the early twentieth century had become a nation of photo hobbyists. The author nicely evokes this understanding at the outset by citing a 1920 comment by the founder of Eastman Kodak, George Eastman, that the Japanese were “almost as addicted to the Kodak habit as ourselves” (p. 1). As she explains in the preface, Kerry Ross began this project intending to study modernist photography as an artistic practice in Japan of the early twentieth century through the 1930s. But her dive into the archives revealed that the preponderance of the historical record was “directed toward amateur photographers. Instructional writing, amateur photographs ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Monstrous Bodies: The Rise of the Uncanny in Modern Japan by Miri Nakamura
           (review)
    • Abstract: Monstrous Bodies: The Rise of the Uncanny in Modern Japan situates a set of modern Japanese literary “monsters” in the realms of uncanny colonialist imaginaries and anxieties over then-developing ideations concerning norm and aberrance, criminality and nationalist identity. This approach is largely in keeping with Michel Foucault’s notion of biopower. In so doing, Miri Nakamura attends to the important and interesting task of historicizing these fictional monstrosities in relation to coterminous scientific discourses: Meiji-era concepts of hygiene, Taisho eugenics and discourses on birth control, and early Showa psychological theories. She also reads assonance between textual depictions and contemporaneous debates ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Voice, Silence, and Self: Negotiations of Buraku Identity in Contemporary
           Japan by Christopher Bondy (review)
    • Abstract: Are burakumin a Japanese minority group? The standard answer to this problem is of course “yes,” the proof being that there are many people in Japan who self-identify as burakumin. What is commonly meant when the answer is framed in this way, however, is that burakumin objectively exist in the world as a minority group, independent of any process of identification, and because the markers of “buraku-ness” are not obvious or easily decipherable, silence about them first needs to be broken in order for the outside observer to comprehend that reality. Japanese-language literature commonly adopts this kind of objectivist stance, one seldom disputed in activist literature of most political persuasions and often mirrored ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • High-Stakes Schooling: What We Can Learn from Japan’s Experiences with
           Testing, Accountability, and Education Reform by Christopher Bjork
           (review)
    • Abstract: Christopher Bjork provides a stimulating account of recent developments in Japanese compulsory education, especially the response of teachers and parents to the Ministry of Education’s call for a more relaxed, exam-free educational experience. The recent U.S. reform movement, in contrast, has focused on constructing extensive centralized testing in order to both monitor student performance and strengthen school and teacher accountability (p. 25). In other words, according to Bjork, the reform rhetorics of these two systems aim in opposite directions.The comparative “framing” of the book leads the reader to expect a balanced analysis of the respective reform processes. For example, the titles for most of the ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Juries in the Japanese Legal System: The Continuing Struggle for Citizen
           Participation and Democracy by Dimitri Vanoverbeke, and: Japan and Civil
           Jury Trials: The Convergence of Forces by Matthew J. Wilson, Hiroshi
           Fukurai, and Takashi Maruta (review)
    • Abstract: Japan’s so-called jury system—a lay participation system for serious criminal cases, with mixed panels of professional judges and “lay assessors” (saiban’in, hereafter “lay judges”)—has been in operation since mid-2009. As the works reviewed here reflect, one can trace the roots back decades or longer. The direct genesis of the current system, however, lies in the debates and recommendations of the Justice System Reform Council (JSRC), which began meeting in 1999 and issued its final report in June 2001. Between then and 2004, concrete details of the system were determined and implementing legislation enacted; and an additional five-year period was set aside for preparations.Ever since the JSRC began its ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Building Legislative Coalitions for Free Trade in Asia: Globalization as
           Legislation by Megumi Naoi (review)
    • Abstract: Ideally, a strong piece of social science analysis will effectively challenge a commonly held assumption. Maybe two. This impressive, empirically rich book tackles six or seven different assumptions that are widely shared in the literature on the politics of international trade and domestic policymaking. These include the following claims:protectionism is “natural”; as a result, states generally do not open their economies to competing imports without pressure from, or shared expectations with, other states; and they only do so when bureaucrats are insulated from political pressures;levels of trade protection vary according to political institutions or regime type; for example, parliamentary (rather than ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China by Sheila
           A. Smith (review)
    • Abstract: Relations between China and Japan, the world’s second- and third-largest economies, have attracted global attention in recent years, not least due to the rising tensions between the two countries over issues such as Japan’s historical revisionism and the unresolved territorial dispute over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Academically, the field has benefited over the last decade or so from a wealth of studies of various aspects of the relationship, from economics, through politics, to security (see, for example, Ming Wan, Richard C. Bush, James Reilly, Yinan He, Yew Meng Lai, Linus Hagström, and Jing Sun to name but a few authors of English-language sources).Sheila Smith’s contribution to this burgeoning field focuses ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands: From Prehistory to the
           Present ed. by Bruce L. Batten and Philip C. Brown (review)
    • Abstract: It might be helpful to think about this book in the context of the two conferences that produced it. The editors of Environment and Society in the Japanese Islands trace its origins to the conference on “Japan’s Natural Legacies: Bodies and Landscapes Realized, Idealized, and Poisoned,” convened in 2008 near Big Sky, Montana. Both editors participated in that conference—Brown was among the contributors to the volume that it produced, Japan at Nature’s Edge—but were talking even then about how to make some of the ways of doing Japanese environmental history that were not well represented during discussions in Montana, or elsewhere in the field, visible to a wide audience.1 For Batten and Brown, that meant a book ... Read More
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      PubDate: 2017-02-06T00:00:00-05:00
       
  • The Cambridge History of Japanese Literature ed. by Haruo Shirane, Tomi
           Suzuki, and David Lurie (review)
    • Abstract: Of Haruo Shirane’s many talents, two stand out here: his extraordinary energy and his ability to organize on a grand scale. Over the years, in addition to important publications on Genji monogatari and Bashō, he has conceived a number of major projects. These include the series of impressive Columbia University Press anthologies of Japanese literature in translation, which have transformed our ability to run classes for students who wish to have a taste of Japanese writing without having to commit themselves to the daunting task of studying the language. Now he has provided us with a valuable guide to that literature. This kind of editorial work involves not only an ability to see the larger picture and then ... Read More
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  • Publications of Note
    • Abstract: Deux ans au Japon (1876–1878): Journal et correspondance de Louis Kreit mann, officier du génie. Transcription by Pierre Kreitmann. Collège de France, Institute des Hautes Études Japonaises, Paris, 2015. 672 pages. €38, paper. Louis Kreitmann (1851–1914) was a member of the French military mission sent to help Japan develop a modern army. Transcribed here are his journal and more than 65 letters he sent to his family, interspersed with hundreds of his photographs and other images. The volume includes a detailed description of the role of France in the reform of the Japanese army, chronology, glossary, bibliography, index, and background notes on people and places, from Amano Sadayoshi to ... Read More
      Keywords: Japanese; Flower arrangement, Japanese; Clothing and dress; Taiwan; Nudism; Japan; Transnationalism; National security; Kyoto (Japan); Cobcroft, Wendy; Nature study; Translating and interpreting; Kurosawa, Tokiko,; Free ports and zones; Chinese; Demo
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