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  • The Gempei War 1180?85by Stephen Turnbull; Giuseppe Rava

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2016; US$ 15.99

    Internationally renowned samurai expert Dr Stephen Turnbull delves into a pivotal era of Japanese history in this highly illustrated account of The Gempei War a conflict that defined the age and the ethos of the samurai. Never before had there been a large-scale clash between two rival samurai families, the Taira and the Minamoto, and never again would... more...

  • 44 Daysby Michael Veitch

    Hachette Australia 2016; US$ 17.99

    The epic World War II story of Australia's 75 Squadron - and the 44 days when these brave and barely trained pilots fought alone against the Japanese. more...

  • Japanese Feminist Debatesby Ayako Kano

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 68.00

    Recent years have seen a surge of interest in Japanese feminism and gender history. This new volume brings to light Japan's feminist public sphere, a discursive space in which academic, journalistic, and political voices have long met and sparred over issues that remain controversial to the present day: prostitution, pornography, reproductive rights,... more...

  • Micro-Performance During Postwar Japan?s High-Growth Eraby Haruhito Takeda

    Springer Singapore 2016; US$ 129.00

    The aim of this book is to analyze Japan's high-growth economy, in particular to clarify the kinds of changes in people?s lives that were generated by high growth. The present volume focuses not on the macro-economic mechanisms that expanded the scale of the economy, but on the micro-economic changes that were effected in everyday life. The emergence... more...

  • Political Survival and Yasukuni in Japan's Relations with Chinaby Mong Cheung

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    What role does the political survival of prime ministers play in Japan?s relations with China over the Yasukuni issue? Three Japanese prime ministers, including Nakasone Yasuhiro, Hashimoto Ryutaro and Abe Shinzo, complied with China?s demands and stopped visiting the controversial Shrine in 1986, 1997 and 2007, respectively. By contrast, the Yasukuni... more...

  • Schooling Selvesby Peter Cave

    University of Chicago Press 2016; US$ 35.00

    Balancing the development of autonomy with that of social interdependence is a crucial aim of education in any society, but nowhere has it been more hotly debated than in Japan, where controversial education reforms over the past twenty years have attempted to reconcile the two goals. In this book, Peter Cave explores these reforms as they have played... more...

  • Buddhism and the Transformation of Old Age in Medieval Japanby Edward R. Drott

    University of Hawaii Press 2016; US$ 60.00

    Scholars have long remarked on the frequency with which Japanese myths portrayed gods ( kami ) as old men or okina . Many of these "sacred elders" came to be featured in premodern theater, most prominently in Noh. In the closing decades of the twentieth-century, as the number of Japan's senior citizens climbed steadily, the sacred elder of premodern... more...

  • E.H. Normanby Roger W. Bowen

    University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division 2016; US$ 24.95

    Herbert Norman's distinguished life and tragic death, in April 1957, are recalled and examined in this book by scholars and diplomats from four countries—the United States, Japan, Canada, and Britain.  more...

  • Kyoto Visual Culture in the Early Edo and Meiji Periodsby Morgan Pitelka; Alice Y. Tseng

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 54.95

    The city of Kyoto has undergone radical shifts in its significance as a political and cultural center, as a hub of the national bureaucracy, as a symbolic and religious center, and as a site for the production and display of art. However, the field of Japanese history and culture lacks a book that considers Kyoto on its own terms as a historic city... more...

  • The Abe Restorationby Craig Mark

    Lexington Books 2016; US$ 84.99

    This book analyzes contemporary Japanese politics, charting the return of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe?s domestic political dominance and his economic and foreign policy agenda. It is an up-to-date account and critique of the progress, obstacles, and far-reaching consequences of one of the most important periods in recent Japanese history. more...