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The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies

The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies

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December 2014 | 672 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"A welcome addition to any reading list for those interested in contemporary Japanese society."
- Roger Goodman, Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Society, University of Oxford

"I know no better book for an accessible and up-to-date introduction to this complex subject than The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japan Studies."

- Hiroko Takeda, Associate Professor, Organization for Global Japanese Studies, University of Tokyo

"Pioneering and nuanced in analysis, yet highly accessible and engaging in style."

- Yoshio Sugimoto, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University

The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies includes outstanding contributions from a diverse group of leading academics from across the globe. This volume is designed to serve as a major interdisciplinary reference work and a seminal text, both rigorous and accessible, to assist students and scholars in understanding one of the major nations of the world.

James D. Babb is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.


James Babb
Andrew Cobbing
Modern Japan in History
Carolyn Stevens
Anthropology of Modern Japan
Lucia Dolce
The Practice of Religion in Japan: An Exploration of the State of the Field
Katja Valaskivi
Mass Media in Japan
Noriaki Nishiyama
Heritage Management in Present-day Japan
Mary McDonald
Geography’s Contribution in Japanese Studies
Anthony Rausch
Regionalism and the Local
Robert W. Aspinall
Vera Mackie
Mark McLelland
‘How to Sex’? The Contested Nature of Sexuality in Japan
Joyce Gelb
Gender Equity in Japan
David T. Johnson
Policing in Japan
Peter Hill
Organised Crime
Izumi Yokoyama and Michael D. Fetters
A Brief History of Japanese Medicine
Jonathan E. Rodnick, Izumi Yokoyama and Michael D. Fetters
Health Care in Japan: Excellent Population Health, Low Medical Expenditures, yet Ambiguous Place of Primary Care
Michael D. Fetters and Izumi Yokoyama
Medical Education in Japan
Michael D. Fetters
Bioethics and Medico-legal Issues in Japan
Denise St. Arnault
Mental Health in Japan
James Babb
Political 'Science' and the Study of Japanese Politics
Kenneth Mori McElwain
Parties and Election in Japan
Sherry Martin Murphy
Postwar Democracy
Yuko Kawato, Robert Pekkanen and Hidehiro Yamamoto
Civil Society in Japan
Christopher W. Hughes
Japan’s International Relations
Hugo Dobson
Japan and Globalization
Paul Midford
Japan-United States Relations
Caroline Rose
Foreign Relations with China
Marcus Rebick
The Japanese Economy
Parissa Haghirian
Japanese Business and Management
Parissa Haghirian
Japanese Consumers and Consumerism
Akira Suzuki
Labor Relations
Gabriele Vogt
Foreign Workers in Japan
Aurelia George Mulgan
Alexandru P. Luta and Paul Midford

The chapters in this handbook each provide concise, up-to-date and highly accessible accounts of the state of the academic field - and how it is likely to develop - across an impressively wide range of topics. As a result, it will be a welcome addition to any reading list for those interested in contemporary Japanese society.

Roger Goodman
Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Society, University of Oxford, UK

This reference book provides cutting-edge studies of contemporary Japan by leading scholars. It covers a wide-range of topics, including such hitherto little explored areas as heritage management, energy supply and medicine in Japan, thus sensitizing the reader to more diverse aspects of the complex society. It is pioneering and nuanced in analysis, yet highly accessible and engaging in style. The Sage Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies presents an authoritative overview of Japan today and will prove to be a great first port of call for students and the general public interested in this intellectually challenging country.

Yoshio Sugimoto
Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University, Author of 'An Introduction to Japanese Society'

Japan has undergone profound political, economic and social transformations since the 1990s. I know no better book for an accessible and up-to-date introduction to this complex subject than the SAGE Handbook of Modern Japan Studies. With well-informed overviews on a series of topics by experts in the field, the SAGE Handbook of Modern Japan Studies serves as a pertinent reminder of the place and importance of Japan in the world and its study for the social science research

Hiroko Takeda
Project Associate Professor, Organization for Global Japanese Studies, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

Its contributions will surely be broadly used in higher education in introduction courses on Japan and in introductory sessions of advanced teaching on Japan.

David Chiavacci
Asiatische Studien / Etudes Asiatiques

The SAGE Handbook is a brilliant tool, serves as a very good primer and review of the Anglophone study on Japan, and is far from being impenetrable to the general public. Most chapters have a bibliography roughly equal in page length to their essay, and within this cross-disciplinary study of Japan explicitly execute their own sustained interdisciplinary methods too. So overall, this edited collection is a massive contribution towards a tiny need. Japanese studies have been making such headway that academics might even now say 'Japan is BACK!'. The SAGE Handbook exceeds itself by not just capturing a small portion of that success, but presenting a refreshed and comprehensive review of the state of play that itself inspires appreciation of all manner of study on Japan, and could very well motivate the continuation of the Japan interest boom. 

Richard Coxford
The Japan Society Review

Sample Materials & Chapters

Ch. 2: Anthropology of Modern Japan

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