Researching Twenty-first Century Japan

Researching Twenty-first Century Japan : New Directions and Approaches for the Electronic Age

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A wide-ranging collection of essays on diverse aspects of contemporary Japan, held together by the thread of continuity within change, this volume presents fifteen distinct points of view on aspects from immigration to regulatory reform to critical thinking in education to theatre, literature, and religion. The essays are provocative, international in scope, and deeply analyical of the challenges facing both Japan and scholars as they enter the twenty-first more

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  • Hardback | 394 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 30mm | 839.14g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 16 black & white halftones, 10 charts, 9 tables
  • 0739170147
  • 9780739170144

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Researching Twenty-First Century Japan brings together 15 of the best papers published in the journal's first ten years. It is, appropriately, a very eclectic collection, with papers on such diverse topics as municipal mergers and manga, political financing scandals and Buddhist priests. Readers looking for a full set of wide ranging explorations of modern Japan will find informative and insightful essays. ... This book provides important insights about contemporary scholarly publishing. It reveals the depth and range of ejcjs's intellectual contributions. ... Together, ejcjs and Researching Twenty-First Century Japan demonstrate the potential, achievements and unrealized opportunities of e-journals. ... this collection is a very good representation of the contributions that ejcjs has made and continues to make to modern Japan studies. The richness of the papers leads one to wish ejcjs all the best for continued good health and to make us all look forward to the next print collection of the 'best of' this useful e-journal. Pacific Affairs Researching Twenty-First Century Japan brings to print for the first time a rich selection of stimulating and informative essays gleaned from the digital pages of ejcjs, the electronic journal of contemporary Japanese studies. Editors Iles and Matanle have done a superb job of compiling a valuable collection of essays showcasing the research of a global network of scholars whose expertise ranges across the disciplines, from the social sciences to literary and cultural studies, demonstrating a wealth of new approaches to the study of contemporary Japan. Offering new vistas on major issues in contemporary Japan Studies - soft power, hybridization, social marketing, globalization, mobile technologies, popular culture and more - this volume is sure to open fresh perspectives on global culture and in turn promote discussion and dialogue among scholars and students in many disciplines. -- Janice Brown, professor and chair, University of Colorado Boulder In this era of 'a rising China,' Japan is often forgotten. However, Japan remains and will remain as a very important country in this new century and chapters collected in this book offer many insights into the changing faces of contemporary Japan. It is a welcome addition to the study of Japan. -- Gi-Wook Shin, director of the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and professor, Stanford Universityshow more

About Timothy Iles

About the Editors: Timothy Iles is an Associate Professor of Japanese Studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where he teaches Japanese culture, cinema, and language. He has an MA from the University of British Columbia in Modern Japanese Literature, and a PhD from the University of Toronto, also in Modern Japanese Literature. He has taught courses on Japanese literature, theatre, culture, and cinema in Canada and the United States, and has published articles on those subjects. He is also author of Abe Kobo: an Exploration of his Prose, Drama, and Theatre (Fuccecio: European Press Academic Publishers, 2000), and The Crisis of Identity in Contemporary Japanese Film (Brill, 2008). Peter Matanle is a Lecturer in Japanese studies at the School of East Asian Studies (SEAS), University of Sheffield. He is the author of numerous publications in the sociology of work in Japan, including Japanese Capitalism and Modernity in a Global Era (Routledge, 2003) and Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan (Co-edited with Wim Lunsing, Palgrave, 2006). He is the founder and general editor of the electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies. Contributors: Darren-Jon Ashmore, Mio Bryce, Christoher Burgess, Paul James Cardwell, Andrew Elliott, Patrick Galbraith, Angelos Giannakopoulos, Mitsutoshi Horii, Kuniko Ishiguro, Wendy Nakanishi, Yoshiko Okuyama, Anthony Rausch, David Rear, Tomoko Shimoda, Utpal Vyasshow more

Table of contents

List of Figures List of Tables Preface, Peter Matanle Introduction, Timothy Iles Chapter 1: The Japan Foundation in China: An Agent of Japan's Soft Power?, Utpal Vyas Chapter 2: Regulatory Reform in Japan 1994-2010 and the Influence of the European Union, Paul James Cardwell Chapter 3: Party Financing in Germany and Japan: Comparative Perspectives of Political Corruption, Angelos Giannakopoulos, Konstadinos Maras, Shinya Amano Chapter 4: The Heisei Mergers in Contemporary Japan: A Step on the Road to a Doshu-sei Realignment?, Anthony Rausch Chapter 5: The Dilemma of "Critical Thinking": Conformism and Non-Conformism in Japanese Education Policy, David Rear Chapter 6: The Emergence of Positive Fathering Roles in Japanese Social Marketing, Tomoko Shimoda Chapter 7: Cell Phone as Metaphor: Japanese Deaf and Hearing High School Students' Concepts of Mobile Communication,Yoshiko Okuyama Chapter 8: Japanese Employment in Transformation: The Growing Number of Non-Regular Worker, Kuniko Ishiguro Chapter 9: Deprofessionalization of Buddhist Priests in Contemporary Japan, Mitsutoshi Horii Chapter 10: Celebrating 'Multicultural Japan': Writings on 'Minorities' and the Discourse on 'Difference', Chris Burgess Chapter 11: Ito and Isabella in the Contact Zone:Interpretation, Mimicry and Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, Andrew Elliott Chapter 12: 'Desperate Housewives' in Modern Japanese Fiction-Three Novels by Ariyoshi Sawako, Wendy Nakanishi Chapter 13: Kiritake Masako's Maiden's Bunraku, Darren-Jon Ashmore Chapter 14: Manga and Anime: Fluidity and Hybridity in Global Imagery, Mio Bryce, Christie Barber, and Amy Plumb Chapter 15: Moe: Exploring Virtual Potential in Post-Millennial Japan, Patrick W. Galbraithshow more