Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture

Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture : From Crime Fighting Robots to Duelling Pocket Monsters

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In a world of globalised media, Japanese popular culture has become a signifi cant fountainhead for images, narrative, artefacts, and identity. From Pikachu, to instantly identifi able manga memes, to the darkness of adult anime, and the hyper- consumerism of product tie- ins, Japan has bequeathed to a globalised world a rich variety of ways to imagine, communicate, and interrogate tradition and change, the self, and the technological future. Within these foci, questions of law have often not been far from the surface: the crime and justice of Astro Boy; the property and contract of Pokemon; the ecological justice of Nausicaa; Shinto's focus on order and balance; and the anxieties of origins in J- horror. This volume brings together a range of global scholars to refl ect on and critically engage with the place of law and justice in Japan's popular cultural legacy. It explores not only the global impact of this legacy, but what the images, games, narratives, and artefacts that comprise it reveal about law, humanity, justice, and authority in the twenty-first century.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 25.4mm | 689g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 24 Halftones, black and white; 1 Tables, black and white
  • 1138300268
  • 9781138300262

Table of contents

Table of Contents


List of Figures

List of contributors

Crime Fighting Robots and Duelling Pocket Monsters: Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture

Ashley Pearson, Thom Giddens and Kieran Tranter

Possibilities of Justice

The Symptoms of the Just: Psycho-Pass, Judg(e)ment, and the Asymptomatic Commons

Daniel Hourigan

Pirates, Giants and the State: Legal Authority in Manga and Anime

James C Fisher

Traumatic Origins in Hart and Ringu

Penny Crofts and Honni van Rijswijk

Justice in the Sea of Corruption: Nausicaa as Ecological Jurisprudence

Thomas Giddens

Masterful Trainers and Villainous Liberators: Law and justice in Pokemon Black and White

Dale Mitchell

The Legal Subject

Doing Right in the World with 100,000 Horsepower: Osamu Tezuka's Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy), Essence, Posthumanity and Techno-humanism

Kieran Tranter

Caught in Couture: Regulating Clothing and the Body in Kill la Kill

Rosie Taylor-Harding

Holy Trans-Jurisdictional Representations of Justice, Batman!": Globalisation, Persona and Mask in Kuwata's Batmanga and Morrison's Batman, Incorporated

Tim Peters

The Power and Problem of the Image

`Finding the Law' through Creating and Consuming Gay Manga in Japan: From Heteronormativity to Queer Activism

Thomas Baudinette

Regulating Counterpublics in Yaoi Online Fan Communities

Scott Beattie

`Is Yaoi Illegal?!': Let's Get Real about the Potential Criminalisation of Yaoi

Hadeel Al-Alosi

Constitutional Analysis of Secondary Works in Japan: From Otaku to the World

Yuichiro Tsuji

Specificities of Law and Justice in Everyday Japan

`The World is Rotten': Execution and Power in Death Note and the Japanese Capital Punishment System

Ashley Pearson

Debts, Family, and Identity after the Collapse of the Bubble: Miyabe Miyuki's All She Was Worth

Giorgio Fabio Colombo

Rules and Unruliness in Manga Depictions of Community Police Boxes

Richard Powell and Hideyuki Kumaki

The Image-Characters of Criminal Justice in Tokyo

Peter D Rush and Alison Young

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About Ashley Pearson

Ashley Pearson is a PhD candidate at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia.

Thomas Giddens is a Senior Lecturer at St Mary's University, Twickenham, United Kingdom.

Kieran Tranter is an Associate Professor at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia.
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