SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan

SERIES EDITOR: Christopher Gerteis (SOAS, University of London)

EDITORIAL BOARD: Stephen Dodd (SOAS, University of London) I Andrew Gerstle (SOAS, University of London) I Janet Hunter (London School of Economics) I Helen Macnaughtan (SOAS, University of London) I Timon Screech (SOAS, University of London) I Naoko Shimazu (Birkbeck, University of London) 

The SOAS Studies in Modern and Contemporary Japan series features new research monographs as well as translations of scholarship not previously available in English. Our goal is to publish high quality, peer-reviewed research on Japan and its history, politics and culture.

For more information visit the Bloomsbury Publishing website.

Published works include:

The History of Japanese Psychology: Global Perspectives, 1875-1950

The History of Japanese Psychology: Global Perspectives, 1875-1950
By: Brian J. McVeigh (University of Albany)

The birth of Japanese psychology was more than a mere adaptation to the challenges of modernity: it heralded a transformation of the very mental processes it claimed to be exploring. With detailed appendices, tables and charts to provide readers with a meticulous and thorough exploration of the subject and adopting a truly comparative perspective, The History of Japanese Psychology prove to be a unique study that will be valuable to students and scholars of Japanese intellectual history and the history of psychology. The History of Japanese Psychology is nothing short of a landmark achievement in the history of psychology. It is both detailed and comprehensive in providing a rich understanding the historical, cultural, and social forces that colluded to bring about the “interiorization” of the person, and thus the emergence of a modern Psychology in Japan.

Japan's Postwar Military and Civil Society by Tomoyuki Sasaki

Japan's Postwar Military and Civil Society: Contesting a Better Life
By: Tomoyuki Sasaki (Eastern Michigan University)

Japan's Postwar Military and Civil Society details the interactions between the SDF and civil society over four decades, from the launch of rearmament in 1950. These interactions include recruitment, civil engineering, disaster relief, anti-SDF litigation, state financial support for communities with bases, and a fear-mongering campaign against the Soviet Union. By examining these wide-range issues, the book demonstrates how the militarization of society advanced as the SDF consolidated its ideological and socio-economic ties with civil society and its role as a defender of popular welfare. While postwar Japan is often depicted as a peaceful society, this book challenges such a view, and illuminates the prominent presence of the military in people's everyday lives.

 

Japanese Taiwan Edited by Andrew D. Morris

Japanese Taiwan: Colonial Rule and its Contested Legacy
Editor: Andrew D. Morris (California Polytechnic State University)

Japanese Taiwan provides an interdisciplinary perspective on these related processes of colonization and decolonization, explaining how the memories, scars and traumas of the colonial era have been utilized during the postwar period. It provides a unique critique of the 'Japaneseness' of the erstwhile Chinese Taiwan, thus bringing new scholarship to bear on problems in contemporary East Asian politics.


 

 

Politics and Power in 20th-Century Japan: The Reminiscences of Miyazawa Kiichi

Politics and Power in 20th-Century Japan: The Reminiscences of Miyazawa Kiichi
By: Mikuriya Takashi (Open University of Japan), Nakamura Takafusa (Tokyo University)

Miyazawa Kiichi played a leading role in Japan's government and politics from 1942 until 2003, during which time he served as Prime Minister, and also as Minister of Finance, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Director General of the Economic Planning Agency, and Chief Cabinet Secretary. In this oral history autobiography, he discusses with candor and detail a wide range of topics, including his 1939 visit to the United States, recovery policies during the postwar occupation, the San Francisco Peace Treaty, and Japan's role in international organizations such as GATT and OECD, and gives a thoughtful insider's view of six decades of Japanese politics, closing with his thoughts on Japan's role in the 21st century.



 

Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan

Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan: Historical Perspectives and New Horizons
Editors: Patrick W. Galbraith (Duke University), Thiam Huat Kam (Rutgers, University of New Jersey), Björn-Ole Kamm (Kyoto University)

Debating Otaku in Contemporary Japan disrupts the naturalization and trivialization of 'otaku' by examining the historical contingency of the term as a way to identify and contain problematic youth, consumers and fan cultures in Japan. Its chapters, many translated from Japanese and available in English for the first time explore key moments in the evolving discourse of 'otaku' in Japan. Rather than presenting a smooth, triumphant narrative of the transition of a subculture to the mainstream, the edited volume repositions 'otaku' in specific historical, social and economic contexts, providing new insights into the significance of the 'otaku' phenomenon in Japan and the world.

 

Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations on Screen - book cover

Contemporary Sino-Japanese Relations on Screen: A History, 1989-2005
By: Griseldis Kirsch (SOAS, University of London)

Covering the years from 1989 to 2005, this book looks at Sino-Japanese relations through film and television drama in the crucial time of China's ascent to an economic superpower in opposition to Japan's own ailing economy. It provides an overview of how Japan views China through its visual media, offers explanations as to how oppositions between the two countries came to exist, and how and why certain myths about China have been conveyed. 




  

Jan Bardsley - Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan
Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan

By: Jan Bardsley (University of North Carolina, USA)

Examining the shifting personae of the housewife, especilly in the appealing texts of women’s magazines, Women and Democracy in Cold War Japan reveals the diverse possibilities of postwar democracy as they were embedded in media directed toward Japanese women.

 

 

 

 

Emily Anderson: Christianity and Imperialism in Modern Japan

Christianity and Imperialism in Modern Japan: Empire for God
By: Emily Anderson (Washington State University, USA)

Christianity and Imperialism in Modern Japan explores how Japanese Protestants engaged with the unsettling changes that resulted from Japan's emergence as a world power in the early twentieth century.

 

 

 

 

 

The China Problem in Postwar Japan by Robert Hoppens

The China Problem in Postwar Japan
By: Robert Hoppens (University of Texas Pan-American, USA) 

The China Problem in Postwar Japan challenges some common assertions or assumptions about the role of Japanese national identity in postwar Sino-Japanese relations, showing how the history of Japanese relations with China in the 1970s is shaped by the strength of Japanese national identity, not its weakness.

 

 

 

Media, Propaganda and Politics in 20th-Century Japan by The Asahi Shimbun Company

Media, Propaganda and Politics in 20th-Century Japan 
By: The Asahi Shimbun Company

Media, Propaganda and Politics in 20th-Century Japan investigates the role played by the Asahi Newspaper, one of Japan's largest daily newspapers, as a mediator of information and power during the 20th century, explores the relationship between media and society during the postwar era and into the 21st century. 

 

 

  


We welcome proposals for new books in the series. If you would like to discuss contributing, please get in touch with the series editor at christopher.gerteis@soas.ac.uk