The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies

by James D Babb

"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.


  • SAGE Publications; December 2014
  • ISBN: 9781473908796
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies
  • Author: James D Babb (ed.)
  • Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd

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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.