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SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies

by James D Babb SAGE Publications Ltd
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The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies provides an exciting and even provocative insight into the ways in which Japan engages with the modern world. The range of topics covered is extensive, with chapters exploring a variety of disciplines rooted within the social sciences. The key issues facing Japan today are examined in depth and structured into thematic sections cover     

Land, History and Culture     



Politics and Foreign Relations     



Including outstanding contributions from a diverse group leading academics from across the globe, each chapter presents the cutting-edge research in the field with thoughtful explorations of where one might pursue the topic in the future.


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 major nations of the world.

Introduction to the SAGE Handbook of Japanese Studies - James BabbPart 1: Land, History and CultureModern Japan in History - Andrew CobbingAnthropology of Modern Japan - Carolyn StevensThe Practice of Religion in Japan: An Exploration of the State of Field - Lucia DolceMass Media in Japan - Katja ValaskiviHeritage Management in Present-day Japan - Nishiyama NoriakiGeographyas Contribution in Japanese Studies - Mary McDonaldRegionalism and the Local - Anthony RauschPart 2: SocietyEducation - Robert AspinallFeminism - Vera MackieaHow to Sexa? The Contested Nature of Sexuality in Japan - Mark McLellandGender Equity in Japan - Joyce GelbPolicing in Japan - David Ted JohnsonOrganised Crime - Peter HillPart 3: MedicineA Brief History of Japanese Medicine - Izumi Yokoyama and Michael D. FettersHealth Care in Japan: Excellent Population Health, Low Medical Expenditures, yet Ambiguous Place of Primary Care - Jonathan E. Rodnick, Izumi Yokoyama and Michael D. FettersMedical Education in Japan - Michael D. Fetters and Izumi YokoyamaBio-Ethics and Medico-Legal Issues in Japan - Michael D. FettersMental Health in Japan - Denise St. ArnaultPart 4: Politics and Foreign RelationsPolitical Science and Japanese Studies - James BabbParties and Election in Japan - Kenneth Mori McElwainPostwar Democracy - Sherry MartinCivil Society in Japan - Yuko Kawato, Robert Pekkanen and Hidehiro YamamotoJapanas International Relations - Chris HughesJapan and Globalization - Hugo DobsonJapan-US Relations - Paul MidfordForeign relations with China - Caroline RosePart 5: EconomyThe Japanese Economy - Marcus RebickJapanese Economy and Business - Parissa HaghirianJapanese Consumers and Consumerism - Parissa HaghirianLabor Relations - Akira Suzuki Foreign Workers - Gabriele VogtAgriculture - Aurelia GeorgeEnergy - Alexandru P. Luta and Paul Midford

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.