Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture
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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
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 24 Halftones, black and white; 1 Tables, black and white
  • 1138300268
  • 9781138300262

Table of contents

Table of Contents


Preface





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


Index
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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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