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New Publication: Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper

Japanese Journalism and the Japanese Newspaper This reader offers eleven chapters that speak to the role and function of journalism and the newspaper in contemporary Japanese society. Individually, each chapter provides important information on the particular topic that is its focus, while at the same time elucidating on how that particular topic is addressed by [...]

Article by Secr.-Gen’l Traphagan on “Universities’ customer service problem”

Op-ed piece by JAWS Secretary-General Traphagan on “Universities’ customer service problem” is gaining widespread attention and positive reviews from readers.

Recent releases in the JAWS Routledge series

Japan’s Ainu Minority in Tokyo: Diasporic Indigeneity and Urban Politics, Mark K. Watson (Feb. 2014) The First European Description of Japan, 1585: A Critical English-Language Edition of Striking Contrasts in the Customs of Europe and Japan, by Luis Frois, S.J.; edited by Daniel T. Reff, Richard Danford (Feb. 2014) Japanese Tree Burial: Ecology, Kinship and [...]

Changes at ‘Asian Anthropology’

This is to announce that the journal Asian Anthropology will shortly be changing editors and publishers. Asian Anthropology has been published by Chinese University Press for the last eleven years, but is now moving to Routledge, and will be published twice a year in 2013, three times a year in 2014, and four times a [...]

‘Understanding Japanese Society’ – 4th Ed. now available

In case you have students who need an introductory text, and you are not too bored with it, I thought you might like to know that my book Understanding Japanese Society comes out today in its 4th edtion. I was in Japan updating it during the disaster period so that gets some coverage, including a [...]

New Addition to Routledge JAWS Series

Urban Spaces in Japan: Cultural and Social Perspectives, edited by Christoph Brumann & Evelyn Schulz. Urban Spaces in Japan explores the workings of power, money and the public interest in the planning and design of Japanese space. Through a set of vivid case studies of well-known Japanese cities including Tokyo, Kobe, and Kyoto, this book [...]

New Addition to Routledge JAWS Series

Tradition, Democracy and the Townscape of Kyoto: Claiming a Right to the Past, by Christoph Brumann As the historic capital of the country and the stronghold of the nation’s most celebrated traditions, the city of Kyoto holds a unique place in the Japanese imagination. Widely praised for the beauty of its townscape and natural environments, [...]

New addition to Routledge JAWS Series

Home and Family in Japan Continuity and Transformation Edited by Richard Ronald, Allison Alexy In the Japanese language the word ‘ie’ denotes both the materiality of homes and family relations within. The traditional family and family house – often portrayed in ideal terms as key foundations of Japanese culture and society – have been subject [...]

New Book Announcement

Dealing With Disaster in Japan: Responses to the Flight JL123 CrashChristopher P. Hood Just as the sinking of the Titanic is embedded in the public consciousness in the English-speaking world, so the crash of JAL flight JL123 is part of the Japanese collective memory. The 1985 crash involved the largest loss of life for any [...]

New Keith Brown / Mizusawa DVDs

The Can’t Go Native project has issued two new DVDs complementing the “Can’t Go Native?” documentary film shown at the Austin, Texas meeting last year. “More About Mizusawa” has 90 minutes of illustrated discussions with Keith Brown on topics including the samurai heritage, Mizusawa in Japan’s history, everyday Buddhism, and naked fieldwork. “Conversations in Mizusawa”, [...]

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