Japan's Comfort Women: Sexual Slavery and Prostitution by Yuki Tanaka

By Yuki Tanaka

This groundbreaking booklet could have a deep influence at the ongoing overseas debate which surrounds this hugely debatable and emotive issue.

Reviews:

'One of the achievements of this quantity is that it effectively personalises a few of the 'comfort' girls. It exhaustively info the inhumane technique during which they have been 'recruited' or pressured into what amounted to sexual slavery and the degrading day by day therapy meted out to them by way of recruiters, managers and infantrymen if the ladies refused to 'comfort' squaddies, grew to become pregnant or have been sick. much more considerably, this quantity makes an attempt to set up the figures that helped to enforce the 'comfort' girls process, together with senior eastern army officials, Ministry of warfare bureaucrats, brothel vendors and their recruiters and scientific staff.'
- Intersections, factor 9.

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In The Miso Soup by Ryu Murakami

By Ryu Murakami

It is simply ahead of New Year's. Frank, an obese American vacationer, has employed Kenji to take him on a guided travel of Tokyo's sleazy nightlife on 3 successive evenings. yet Frank's habit is so unusual that Kenji starts to entertain a terrible suspicion: that his new buyer is in reality the serial killer at present terrorizing town. It isn't till the second one evening, despite the fact that, in a scene that might surprise you and make you snicker and make you hate your self for giggling, that Kenji learns precisely how a lot he has to worry and the way irrevocably his come upon with this nice white whale of an American will switch his life.

Kenji's intimate wisdom of Tokyo's intercourse undefined, his considerate observations and wisecracks concerning the vacancy and hypocrisy of up to date Japan, and his insights into the shockingly frequent phenomena of "compensated dating" and "selling it" between jap schoolgirls, provide us lots to contemplate on each web page. Kenji is our likable, if faraway from blameless, advisor to the inferno of violence and evil into which he unwillingly descends-and from which purely Jun, his sixteen-year-old female friend, can very likely keep him. . . .

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Traditional Folk Song in Modern Japan: Sources, Sentiment, by David W. Hughes

By David W. Hughes

The examine strikes from culture to modernity, explores quite a number themes reminiscent of: tune existence within the conventional village; rural city tensions; neighborhood min'yo protection societies; the consequences of nationwide and native min'yo contests; the recent folks music phenomenon; min'yo and tourism; folks track bars; recruitment of execs; min'yo's interplay with enka renowned songs and with Western-derived foku songu; the effect of mass mediation; and, min'yo's position in keeping or growing neighborhood identification. The publication encompasses a plate part, musical examples, and a compact disc.

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The Making of China’s War with Japan: Zhou Enlai and Zhang by Mayumi Itoh

By Mayumi Itoh

This leading edge learn examines the occupation of chinese language baby-kisser and diplomat Zhou Enlai (1898-1976) and assesses his management function within the Communist occasion of China's (CPC) method opposed to the japanese invasion of China which confirmed the basis for post-World battle II Sino-Japanese relatives. It considers how Zhou handled eastern imperialism in the course of his midcareer, from the may perhaps Fourth circulate to the formation of the second one United entrance among the chinese language Nationalist celebration (KMT) and the CPC opposed to Japan, which lead the way for the chinese language victory within the moment Sino-Japanese battle. Addressing major moments similar to the Manchurian Incident and the Xi'an Incident, it offers a thought-provoking reexamination of Zhou's involvement within the may perhaps Fourth flow of 1919, the 1st nationwide grassroots move within the smooth historical past of China calling for anti-imperialism and nationalism, and in addition of his time in Europe, as crucial history to appreciate the beginning of the CPC and Zhou's function in it, in addition to Zhou's collaboration with Zhang Xueliang, the offender of the Xi'an Incident. Through an in-depth research of basic assets, together with Zhou's personal writings, the oral background of chinese language officers, and newly declassified diplomatic documents, this paintings offers a complete and actual account of Zhou's profession opposed to the backdrop of jap imperialism.

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Technology and the Culture of Progress in Meiji Japan by David G. Wittner

By David G. Wittner

During this e-book David Wittner situates Japan’s Meiji period adventure of know-how move and business modernization in the realm of tradition, politics, and symbolism, studying how 19th century ideals in civilization and enlightenment stimulated the method of technological selection. via case stories of the iron and silk industries, Wittner argues that the Meiji government’s guideline used to be no longer easily financial improvement or delivering a technical version for personal as is often claimed. number of method used to be in line with the facility of a technological artifact to import Western "civilization" to Japan: Meiji officers’ technological offerings have been firmly located inside of perceptions of authority, modernity, and their various political agendas. Technological artifacts may be used as tools of political legitimization. through overdue the Meiji period, the previous icons of Western civilization were reworked into the symbols of jap commercial and army may possibly. A clean and interesting re-evaluation of jap industrialization in the higher framework of the Meiji period, this booklet will entice students and scholars of technological know-how, know-how, and society in addition to jap background and tradition.

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Japan: The Paradox of Harmony by Keiko Hirata

By Keiko Hirata

A well-rounded, well-informed critique of the Pacific island state of Japan, its society, economic system, demography, and politics

 Following a crushing defeat in global warfare II, Japan rose like a phoenix from the literal ashes to turn into a version of modernity and luck, for many years Asia’s ultimate fiscal significant. but it continues to be a kingdom hobbled through inflexible gender roles, protectionist regulations, and a protecting, rigid company process that has helped result in political and monetary stagnation. the original social solidarity that enabled Japan to deal with adversity and enhance rapidly has additionally inspired isolationism, given upward push to an conceited and rigid forms, and avoided the rustic from addressing tough concerns. Its tradition of tough work—in truth, overwork—is mythical, yet a declining inhabitants and regulations on chance threaten the nation’s future.
 
Keiko Hirata and Mark Warschauer have mixed completely researched deep research with attractive anecdotal fabric during this enlightening portrait of modern day Japan, developing a good and available critique that addresses concerns from the economic system and politics to immigration, schooling, and the expanding alienation of eastern youth.

 

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Importing Diversity: Inside Japan's JET Program by David L. McConnell

By David L. McConnell

In 1987, the japanese govt inaugurated the Japan trade and educating (JET) software in line with international strain to "internationalize" its society. This formidable application has grown to be a huge executive operation, with an annual funds of $400 million (greater than the us NEA and NEH mixed) and greater than six thousand overseas nationals hired every year in public colleges far and wide Japan.
How does a comparatively homogeneous and insular society react whilst a buzzword is abruptly changed into a truth? How did the coming of such a lot of foreigners impact Japan's academic paperwork? How did the foreigners themselves believe upon getting to know that English educating used to be now not the first target of this system? during this balanced research of the JET software, David L. McConnell attracts on ten years of ethnographic learn to discover the cultural and political dynamics of internationalization in Japan. via vignettes and firsthand debts, he highlights and translates the misunderstandings of the early years of this system, lines the tradition clashes in any respect degrees of the forms, and speculates on what classes the JET software holds for different multicultural initiatives.
This interesting book's jargon-free kind and interdisciplinary procedure will make it beautiful to educators, coverage analysts, scholars of Japan, and potential and previous JET individuals.

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Spain, China and Japan in Manila, 1571-1644: Local by Birgit Tremml-Werner

By Birgit Tremml-Werner

Spain, China and Japan in Manila, 1571–1644 deals a brand new standpoint at the attached histories of Spain, China, and Japan as they emerged and constructed following Manila’s beginning because the capital of the Spanish Philippines in 1571. analyzing a wealth of multilingual fundamental resources, Birgit Tremml-Werner exhibits that cross-cultural encounters not just formed Manila’s improvement as a “Eurasian” port urban, but additionally had profound political, monetary, and social ramifications for the 3 pre-modern states. Combining a scientific comparability with a spotlight on particular actors in this interval, this publication addresses many long-held misconceptions and provides a extra balanced and multi-faceted view of those international locations’ histories.

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