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Social Science Japan Journal
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.201
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ISSN (Print) 1369-1465 - ISSN (Online) 1468-2680
Published by Oxford University Press Homepage  [419 journals]
  • The Winner of the 2021 ISS-OUP Prize

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      Authors: MCELWAIN K.
      Pages: 1 - 2
      Abstract: Since 2002, the Institute of Social Science (ISS) of the University of Tokyo has partnered with Oxford University Press (OUP) to award the ISS–OUP Prize to the author of the best article published in Social Science Japan Journal (SSJJ) each year. The prize includes ¥25,000 in books and a year’s subscription to SSJJ. With the author’s consent, the winning paper may be translated into Japanese and published in the Institute’s Shakai Kagaku Kenkyū (The Journal of Social Science). After soliciting recommendations from SSJJ’s International Editorial Board, the SSJJ Editorial Board selects the article making the greatest contribution to research on modern Japan. The main criteria are (a) originality of research theme, (b) excellence of theoretical framework and empirical data, and (c) contribution to future studies in the field.
      PubDate: Tue, 04 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab046
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • Ideological Extremism and Political Participation in Japan

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      Authors: ASANO T.
      Pages: 125 - 140
      Abstract: AbstractDo the policy preferences expressed through political participation represent the citizens as a whole' Previous studies argue that there is no ideological bias in voting participation in Japan. However, previous studies have only analyzed Japan up to 2010, and it is unclear whether ideological bias was consistently absent in voting participation in the 2010s. In the 2010s, ideological issues, such as the maintenance of nuclear power plants or the acceptance of collective self-defense, emerged in Japan, and the two major political parties, the Liberal Democratic Party and Democratic Party of Japan, became increasingly polarized. Considering these changes, the influence of ideology on political participation may be growing. Therefore, this paper examines the relationship between people’s ideological positions and political participation using voter surveys conducted between 2001 and 2017. I find that since 2012, the more ideologically extreme Japanese voters are, the more they participate in voting. Furthermore, the same is true for other forms of participation. In general, the voices of ideologically moderate Japanese are becoming less represented by political parties and politicians.
      PubDate: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab045
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2022)
       
  • The Application of Machine Learning Approaches on Real-Time Apartment
           Prices in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area

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      Authors: Peng T; Wang C.
      Pages: 3 - 28
      Abstract: AbstractThe widely applied hedonic regression approach for the relationship between property prices and housing attributes is subject to assumptions and specifications of models as well as the availability and content of second-hand official data. In a cross-disciplinary spirit, this study employs machine learning techniques to examine hedonic apartment prices in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area of Japan based on online sales data extracted by web-parsing technology. With 14,579 apartment observations, two machine learning regressions—decision tree (DT) and random forest (RF)—are compared to conventional ordinary least squares regression (OLS) for hedonic modelling. Empirical results demonstrated that RF regressions led to the highest accuracy in model prediction performance, followed by DT and OLS. The comparison with results across models revealed that the housing features that have consistent influences on apartment prices tend to be those associated with living quality (including management funds, repair fund fees, floor size, located floor, total floor of the building, and location in Tokyo). Other commonly appreciated features, such as southward orientation or corner-lot location, did not demonstrate importance, possibly due to changes in residents’ preferences. In this big-data era, the adaptation of real-time data and machine learning approaches should add value to the variable selection process and model performance.
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab029
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Everyday Perspectives on Security and Insecurity in Japan: A Survey of
           Three Women’s Organizations

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      Authors: HAGSTRÖM L; HA T, ÖBERG D.
      Pages: 29 - 54
      Abstract: AbstractThe existing research on Japanese security focuses mainly on the nation state and conceives of male elites as the key bearers of relevant knowledge about the phenomenon. This article problematizes these biases by zeroing in on women’s everyday-oriented perspectives, which fall outside the scope of security politics as traditionally conceived. More specifically, it analyzes the rich material provided by a survey of the members of three major Japanese women’s organizations, using a mixed-method approach premised on statistical methods and qualitative content analysis. The results show that the Japanese women in our sample accommodate and reproduce content from dominant elite views about security and insecurity. However, they also challenge and at times ignore these perspectives by identifying a host of other insecurities as more pressing in their daily lives, notably those related to environmental degradation and Japan’s political development.
      PubDate: Mon, 19 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab028
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Country Risks and Brain Drain: The Emigration Potential of Japanese
           Skilled Workers

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      Authors: HORIUCHI Y; OISHI N.
      Pages: 55 - 82
      Abstract: AbstractWhile most existing research attributes contemporary Japanese emigration to the pursuit of a better lifestyle, recent qualitative studies point out that concern about country risks is a significant driver . We explore Japan’s brain-drain potential and factors shaping Japanese skilled workers’ interest in emigrating to other countries based on our original survey with an experimental component. We first undertake descriptive analysis using respondents in the (baseline) control group and examine what types of Japanese skilled workers are interested in emigration. We then use respondents in the control and treatment groups to test our preregistered hypotheses regarding the impact of information about Japan’s country risks on their attitudes. The results of our descriptive analysis show that respondents with overseas experience and younger respondents are particularly motivated to consider emigration. Another notable finding is that respondents who distrust the government and media are also more likely to consider leaving Japan than those who do not. Furthermore, through our randomized survey experiment, we find that exposure to information about long-term economic risk encourages people to consider living abroad in the future. These results suggest that the brain drain from Japan is likely to continue, pointing to a need for policy actions to tackle it.
      PubDate: Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab037
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Patronage and Predominance: How the LDP Maintains Its Hold on Power

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      Authors: REED S.
      Pages: 83 - 100
      Abstract: AbstractThe Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) held power from 1955 until 1993. How did it manage to do so' In 1994 a political reform resulted in competitive elections but, starting in 2012, the LDP regained its predominant position, winning three consecutive landslide victories. How did it manage to do this even after the reform' In this paper I argue that a system of ‘party-organization patronage’, in which the patron is the LDP and the client is an interest group organization, played a significant role in maintaining LDP predominance in both periods. I further argue that the key to explaining changes in the predominant party system is the LDP’s monopoly on access to the public policy making process. When this monopoly faltered, interest group organizations began to put a foot in both camps or even defected to an opposition party but once the LDP’s monopoly was re-established interest groups returned to the LDP fold. In both cases, predominance was established in two steps. First, fortuitous events gave the LDP an overwhelming parliamentary majority and a monopoly on access to policy making. Second, the LDP granted organizations access to policy making in exchange for their votes which helped it maintain its monopoly.
      PubDate: Wed, 25 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab033
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Electoral Rules, Nomination Strategies, and Women’s Representation
           in Japan and Taiwan

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      Authors: Lin C; YANG W.
      Pages: 101 - 124
      Abstract: AbstractJapan and Taiwan conducted similar electoral reforms in 1994 and 2005. Following the transition from the single nontransferable vote (SNTV) to the mixed-member majoritarian (MMM), at the district level, both countries’ numbers of female representatives have increased, contrary to expectations. What, then, explains the increase in Japan’s and Taiwan’s women’s representation at the district level' We argue that electoral systems can only partly explain the variation in female representation and that the critical factor explaining women’s representation is not the women’s electability, but the earlier stage of nomination. This article examines continuity and change in the candidate selection methods of major parties in Japan and Taiwan and identifies factors that may affect the likelihood of women becoming candidates. Although major parties have adopted different nomination strategies following the reforms, the increase in female representatives has been associated with the centralized process, and whether a woman is an incumbent or not is key to her nomination. Moreover, path dependence matters, and given that Taiwan had more female incumbent representatives than Japan under the SNTV, this might explain the differences in the starting point for female representation between Taiwan and Japan when both switched to the MMM and there was a persistent gap between the two countries.
      PubDate: Mon, 12 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab027
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Ishin shiji no bunseki: Popyurizumu ka yūkensha no gōrisei ka (Support
           for the Ishin: Is it a Consequence of Populism, or Rational Choice')

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      Authors: EDER-RAMSAUER A.
      Pages: 141 - 144
      Abstract: Ishin shiji no bunseki: Popyurizumu ka yūkensha no gōrisei ka (Support for the Ishin: Is it a Consequence of Populism, or Rational Choice'), by MasahiroZenkyō. Tokyo: Yūhikaku, 2018, 272 pp., ¥4,290 (ISBN 978-4-641-14927-4).
      PubDate: Wed, 13 Oct 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab041
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Japanese Geopolitics and the Western Imagination

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      Authors: WIRTH C.
      Pages: 145 - 148
      Abstract: Japanese Geopolitics and the Western Imagination, by WatanabeAtsuko. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave MacMillan, 2019, 265 pp., $84.99 cloth (ISBN 9783030043988)
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab038
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Rethinking Sino-Japanese Alienation: History Problems and Historical
           Opportunities

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      Authors: SCHULZE K.
      Pages: 149 - 152
      Abstract: Rethinking Sino-Japanese Alienation: History Problems and Historical Opportunities, by BuzanBarry and GohEvelyn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020, 365 pp., $99.00 cloth (ISBN 9780198851387)
      PubDate: Mon, 23 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab034
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Okinawa heiwaron no ajenda: ikari wo chikara ni suru shiza to hōhō (An
           Agenda for Okinawan Peace Studies: Viewpoints and Methodologies for
           Transforming Anger into Power)

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      Authors: MASON R.
      Pages: 153 - 156
      Abstract: Okinawa heiwaron no ajenda: ikari wo chikara ni suru shiza to hōhō(An Agenda for Okinawan Peace Studies: Viewpoints and Methodologies for Transforming Anger into Power), edited by EiichiHoshino, JunShimabukuro, TetsumiTakara, KosuzuAbe, YōichiSatoi and TakeshiYamaguchi. Kyoto: Horitsu Bunkasha, 2018, 211 pp., ¥ 2,500 (ISBN 978-4-589-03909-5)
      PubDate: Mon, 12 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab031
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Defamiliarizing Japan’s Asia-Pacific War

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      Authors: YELLEN J.
      Pages: 157 - 160
      Abstract: Defamiliarizing Japan’s Asia-Pacific War, edited by BrecherW. Puck and MyersMichael W.. Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 2019, 244 pp., $68.00 (ISBN-13: 9780824879679)
      PubDate: Mon, 31 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab023
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan

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      Authors: PERSON J.
      Pages: 161 - 164
      Abstract: Faking Liberties: Religious Freedom in American-Occupied Japan, by Baraka ThomasJolyon. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press, 2019, 336 pp., $97.50 cloth (ISBN: 9780226618791)
      PubDate: Sun, 12 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab043
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Bridging the Atomic Divide: Debating Japan-US Attitudes on Hiroshima and
           Nagasaki

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      Authors: SHAW M.
      Pages: 165 - 168
      Abstract: Bridging the Atomic Divide: Debating Japan-US Attitudes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, by WrayHarry and SugiharaSeishiro. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019, 323 pp., $115.00 (ISBN 978-1498593212)
      PubDate: Thu, 13 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab019
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Kenkoku University and the Experience of Pan-Asianism: Education in the
           Japanese Empire

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      Authors: GROVER B.
      Pages: 169 - 172
      Abstract: Kenkoku University and the Experience of Pan-Asianism: Education in the Japanese Empire, by KishidaYuka Hiruma. London: Bloomsbury, 2020, 288 pp., £115.00 cloth (ISBN 9781350057852)
      PubDate: Mon, 23 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab036
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Education and Social Stratification in South Korea

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      Authors: JUNG J.
      Pages: 173 - 176
      Abstract: Education and Social Stratification in South Korea, by AritaShin. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 2020, 304 pp., ¥13.200 cloth (ISBN 97841305720)
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab040
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Risk Management Strategies of Japanese Companies in China: Political
           Crisis and Multinational Firms

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      Authors: ITO A.
      Pages: 177 - 180
      Abstract: Risk Management Strategies of Japanese Companies in China: Political Crisis and Multinational Firms, by VekasiKristin. Abingdon: Routledge, 2019, 182 pp., £120.00 cloth (ISBN 9780367205577)
      PubDate: Mon, 12 Jul 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab032
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Healing Labor: Japanese Sex Work in the Gendered Economy

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      Authors: COOK E.
      Pages: 181 - 184
      Abstract: Healing Labor: Japanese Sex Work in the Gendered Economy, by KochGabriele. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020, 248 pp., $28.00 (ISBN: 9781503611344)
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab042
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Japanese Political Economy Revisited: Abenomics and Institutional Change

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      Authors: HEINRICH S.
      Pages: 185 - 188
      Abstract: Japanese Political Economy Revisited: Abenomics and Institutional Change, edited by ChiavacciDavid and LechevalierSébastien. London: Routledge, 2019, 132 pp., £115.00 cloth (ISBN 9781138606944)
      PubDate: Tue, 24 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab035
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Invisibility by Design: Women and Labor in Japan’s Digital Economy

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      Authors: ARONSSON A.
      Pages: 189 - 192
      Abstract: Invisibility by Design: Women and Labor in Japan’s Digital Economy, by LukácsGabriella. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020, 248 pp., $25.95 paper (ISBN 978-1-4780-0648-0)
      PubDate: Mon, 31 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab022
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Japan as an Immigration Nation: Demographic Change, Economic Necessity and
           the Human Community Concept

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      Authors: STRAUSZ M.
      Pages: 193 - 196
      Abstract: Japan as an Immigration Nation: Demographic Change, Economic Necessity and the Human Community Concept, by SakanakaHidenori, edited and translated by EldridgeRobert D. and LeonardGraham B.. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2020, 286 pp., $115.00 (ISBN 978-1-7936-1493-3)
      PubDate: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab030
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Indian Migrants in Tokyo: A Study of Socio-Cultural, Religious, and
           Working Worlds

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      Authors: CHRISTOPHER S.
      Pages: 197 - 200
      Abstract: Indian Migrants in Tokyo: A Study of Socio-Cultural, Religious, and Working Worlds, by WadhwaMegha. London: Routledge, 2021, 214 pp., £96.00 cloth (ISBN: 9780367896836)
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Dec 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab044
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the
           Construction of Japan’s Borderless Empire

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      Authors: ODA E.
      Pages: 201 - 204
      Abstract: In Search of Our Frontier: Japanese America and Settler Colonialism in the Construction of Japan’s Borderless Empire, by AzumaEiichiro. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2019, 368 pp., $75.00 cloth (ISBN 9780520304383)
      PubDate: Thu, 13 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab020
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
  • Japan Beyond the Kimono: Innovation and Tradition in the Kyoto Textile
           Industry

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      Authors: ASSMANN S.
      Pages: 205 - 207
      Abstract: Japan Beyond the Kimono: Innovation and Tradition in the Kyoto Textile Industry, by HallJenny. London: Bloomsburry, 2020, 272 pp., £26.99 paper (ISBN 9781350095427)
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 00:00:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1093/ssjj/jyab039
      Issue No: Vol. 25, No. 1 (2021)
       
 
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