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978-1-4985-0022-7 • Hardback • October 2015 • $136.00 • (£105.00)
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Yoneyuki Sugita is professor of history at Osaka University.
Part I: Is This Really Globalization?
Chapter 1: Borders of ‘American Citizens’ Created in a More Globalized World: The Significance of the Transpacific Steamship Route for Asian Immigration to the Unites States in the Late 19th Century, Yuki Ooi
Chapter 2: Symbiotic Relationship between Japan’s Status in the World and Changes in the Nature of Medical Insurances from the 1920s to the Early 1940s, Yoneyuki Sugita
Chapter 3: Japanese Identity in a Globalized World: “Anti-Japanism” and Discursive Struggle, Karl Gustafsson
Chapter 4: From “Funeral” to “Engaged” Buddhism: Death Rites and Postwar Japanese Social Identity, Steven Heine
Chapter 5: The Obama 'Pivot' to Asia in the Context of American Hegemony, Bruce Cumings
Part II: Whither Japan’s Relations with Asia?
Chapter 6: The Young East: Negotiating Japan’s place in the world through East Asian Buddhism, Judith Snodgrass
Chapter 7: Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Japan: Dispute Settlement and Trade Security, John Paden
Chapter 8: Popular Culture Regionalization in East Asia and What this Means to Japan, Nissim Otmazgin
Chapter 9: Myanmar: the Last Frontier for Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Southeast Asia, Marie Söderberg
Chapter 10: Recalibrating Sino-Japanese Relations for a Better Future:
Implications of Japan’s Joint Anti-Piracy Operations in the Gulf of Aden with China, Victor Teo
Part III: Do U.S.–Japan Relations Still Matter?
Chapter 11: The Unforeseen Effects of the American Intervention: The Political Purge Program and the Making of Japan's Postwar Leadership, Juha Saunavaara
Chapter 12: A Comparative Analysis of the Relationship between Learning Environments and Educational Performance in Japan and the United States, Christopher Weiss, Emma García, and Gerard Torrats-Espinosa
Chapter 13: Privatizing Foreign Policy: The Role of Business Executives in U.S.–Japan Economic Relations, Toru Oga
Chapter 14: Abolition of Japan’s Nuclear Power Plants? Analysis from a Historical Perspective on Early Cold War, 1945–1955, Mayako Shimahoto
This collection of fourteen essays under three main themes—globalization, Japan–Asia relations and US–Japan relations—will appeal to both scholars and students of Japanese studies. Yoneyuki Sugita deserves accolades for putting together this excellent volume that throws new light on some of Japan’s key historical and contemporary issues.
— Japan Today
This collection of fourteen essays under three main themes—globalization, Japan-Asia relations and US-Japan relations—will appeal to both scholars and students of Japanese studies. Yoneyuki Sugita deserves accolades for putting together this excellent volume that throws new light on some of Japan’s key historical and contemporary issues.
— Purnendra Jain, University of Adelaide
This conference collection analyses, from a great variety of issues, Japan`s self-identities and its interactions with the outside world. It gives interesting insights into how globalization has been affecting Japan and its partners. The book shows that Japan is not only a passive recipient but also active actor in this process. This collection is of great interest to all who want to know more about the political, economic and cultural aspects of globalization and about Japan's foreign policy in general!
— Reinhard Drifte, Newcastle University
The year 2015 marks the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II. Accolades to Yoneyuki Sugita who took this event as an opportunity to gather experts from all over the world to discuss prospects and serious problems of the Asia-Pacific region. Japan Viewed from Interdisciplinary Perspectives: History and Prospects is a refreshing interdisciplinary book that reviews Japan’s past seventy years from various scientific and cultural perspectives. A highly thought-provoking book that contains a wealth of information on the meaning of globalization, Japan’s foreign relations, and the significance of the US-Japan relationship. It is a precious contribution to our understanding of Japan’s standing in the region.
— Carmen Schmidt, University of Osnabrueck
The central theme of this collection of essays is that Japan’s niche in the global context is—or at least could be—far more secure than either domestic or international rhetoric suggests. Using both historical and contemporary data, the authors cogently argue that if the Japanese government, Japanese society, and their American and Chinese counterparts all focused on their true economic, strategic, and cultural interests, the major problems of the Asia-Pacific region would be manageable. In addition to advocating for tempering rhetoric, the essays compiled here also identify institutional flexibility and attention to cultural practices, such as enjoying manga and pursuing Buddhist prayer that serve to reduce cultural anxieties in a rapidly globalizing world.
— Laura Hein, Northwestern University
In this study, political scientists, Japanologists and upcoming scholars have produced a firmly-interconnected mosaic work on Japan and her relations with the US and Asian nations. These essays shed light on the wide spectrum of issues, including economic migration, tourism, race, identity, anti-Japanism, popular culture, Buddhism, health-promotion policy, political purges, atomic power generation (the best documented), trade dispute settlement, maritime security operation, schooling, and ODA support for education rather than trade. The contributors offer various ways of considering relations with China in a region without strong institutional settings as in Europe.
— Aiko Ikeo, Waseda University