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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

Volume 28, Issue 1, 2016
Special Issue: 'Children, Education, and Media in Japan and its Empire', Guest Editor: Peter Cave
Articles include

  • 'Introduction: children, education, and media in Japan and its empire', Peter Cave - pages 1-8
  • 'Story, song, and ceremony: shaping dispositions in Japanese elementary schools during Taisho and early Showa', Peter Cave - pages 9-31
  • 'Insularity and imperialism: the borders of the world in the Japanese and Taiwanese kokugo readers during the Taishō era', Irina Holca - pages 32-73
  • 'Boy meets world: the worldview of Shōnen kurabu in the 1930s', Karl Ian Uy Cheng Chua -pages 74-98
  • 'Adventure stories and geographical imagination in Japanese and Korean children's magazines, 1925–1945', Hyunjung Han  - pages 99-120

Volume 27, Issue 4, 2015
Articles include

  • 'Refracted axis: Kitayama Jun'yū and writing a German Japan', Erin L. Brightwell - pages 431-453
  • 'Modernism, gender and consumer spectacle in 1920s’ Tokyo', Irena Hayter - pages 454-475
  • 'The post-Aum films of Kurosawa Kiyoshi', Marc Yamada - pages 476-497
  • 'Protecting people's livelihoods, restarting nuclear reactors: ‘risk recalibration’ in Prime Minister Noda's 8 June 2012 national address', Piers R. Williamson - pages 498-518
  • 'The forgotten success story: Japan and the methamphetamine problem', Bert Edstrom - pages 519-543 

Volume 27, Issue 3, 2015
Special Issue - 'Excavating the Power of Memory in Japan', Guest editor: Professor Glenn Hook
Articles include

  • 'Excavating the power of memory in Japan', Glenn D. Hook - pages 295-298
  • 'The American eagle in Okinawa: the politics of contested memory and the unfinished war', Glenn D. Hook - pages 299-320
  • 'From Tokyo to The Hague: war crime tribunals and (shifting?) memory politics in Japan', Kerstin Lukner - pages 321-344
  • 'Contested memories of the Kamikaze and the self-representations of Tokkō-tai youth in their missives home', Luli Van Der Does-Ishikawa - pages 345-379
  • 'Invisible landscapes. Winds, experience and memory in Japanese coastal fishery', Giovanni Bulian - pages 380-404
Volume 27, Issue 2, 2015
Articles include
  • 'The state of anthropology in and of Japan: a review essay', Joy Hendry - pages 121-133
  • 'Medicating the salaryman lifestyle: fear-based marketing of liver stimulant drugs in postwar Japan', Jeffrey W. Alexander - pages 134-166
  • 'Re-animating a radioactive landscape: informal life politics in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster', Tessa Morris-Suzuki - pages 167-188
  • 'Uneven space of everyday modernity: the colonial logic of the suburb in Tanizaki Jun'ichiro's A Fool's Love', Kota Inoue - pages 189-212

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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