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Japan Forum

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Japan Forum is the official journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies. Its primary objective is to publish original research in the field of Japanese Studies, making available scholarship on Japan to an international readership of specialists and non-specialists. From 1996 Japan Forum has been published by Taylor and Francis, a major publisher in the area of Japanese Studies.

Japan Forum is multidisciplinary, publishing contributions from across the arts and humanities and social sciences. Articles range from archaeology, language, literature, philosophy and culture to history, economics, politics, international relations and law. Submissions from younger researchers as well as from established scholars are welcome, as are submissions that cross disciplinary boundaries or do not otherwise match the subject areas listed above. All submissions are independently refereed.

Latest Edition

Special Issue: Japanese Popular Culture and Contents Tourism

Volume 27, Issue 1, 2015

This special edition brings together four articles on the topic of Japanese popular culture and contents tourism. Worldwide there is growing interest in the ways that films, novels, comics, games and other forms of popular culture act as tourism drivers, for example, when fans go to the locations of favourite television dramas, take studio tours in Hollywood, visit museums in the hometowns of famous authors or have their picture taken with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland. This special edition not only brings together some important case studies from Japan, but also highlights the theoretical contributions that those Japanese case studies and the Japanese scholarly literature on contents tourism have made. 

Japan Forum Editorial Team

 Japan Forum Editorial Team

Japan Forum Editorial Team (from left: Griseldis, Helen, Christopher, Emily and Steve)

Four SOAS faculty members (Steve Dodd, Christopher Gerteis, Helen Macnaughtan and Griseldis Kirsch) took on the editorship of the highly prestigious journal Japan Forum for a three year period from September 2014 to September 2017.  Emily Chapman joined the team as Managing Editor.

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