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The Anatomy of Dependence - Takeo Doi
Call Number: BF575.D34 D6413 2001
ISBN: 9784770028006
Publication Date: Tokyo ; New York : Kodansha International, 2001.
A classic study of the Japanese psyche, a starting point for a true understanding Japanese behavior....

The discovery that a major concept of human feeling-easily expressed in everyday Japanese- totally resisted translation into a Western language led Dr. Takeo Doi to explore and define an area of the psyche which has previously received little attention. The resulting essay, The Anatomy of Dependence, is one of the most penetrating analyses of the Japanese mind ever written, as well as an important original contribution to psychology which transcends the boundaries of cultures and nations.

Published in Japan as Amae no Kozo (The Structure of Amae), Dr. Doi's work is focused upon the word "amae" (indulgence) and its related vocabulary. Expressive of an emotion central to the Japanese experience, "amae" refers to the indulging, passive love which surrounds and supports the individual in a group, whether family, neighborhood, or the world at large. Considering the lack of such words in Western languages, Dr. Doi suggests inherent differences between the two cultures-contrasting the ideal of self-reliance with those of interdependence and the indulgence of weaknesses. Yet, he finds that Western audiences have no difficulty in recognizing and identifying with the emotions he describes, and are even searching for a way to express this need.

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Tokugawa Religion: the cultural roots of modern Japan - Robert N. Bellah
Call Number: BL2210 .B42 1985
ISBN: 9780029024607
Publication Date: London : Collier Macmillan Publishers, 1985.
Robert N. Bellah's classic study, Tokugawa Religion does for Japan what Max Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism did for the West. One of the foremost authorities on Japanese history and culture, Bellah explains how religion in the Tokugawa period (160-1868) established the foundation for Japan's modern industrial economy and dispels two misconceptions about Japanese modernization: that it began with Admiral Perry's arrival in 1868, and that it rapidly developed because of the superb Japanese ability for imitation. In this revealing work, Bellah shows how the native doctrines of Buddhism, Confucianism and Shinto encouraged forms of logic and understanding necessary for economic development. Japan's current status as an economic superpower and industrial model for many in the West makes this groundbreaking volume even more important today than when it was first published in 1957.

From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor : who was responsible? - foreword by editor-in-chief Tsuneo Watanabe ; edited by James E. Auer.
Call Number: D742.J3 K4613 2006
ISBN: 9784643060126
Publication Date: Tokyo, Japan : Yomiuri Shimbun, c2006.


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Diary of Darkness - The Wartime Diary of Kiyosawa Kiyoshi - Kamiyama Tamie (Translator); Marius B. Jansen (Foreword by); Eugene Soviak (Editor, Translator)
Call Number: D811.5 .K54313 1999
ISBN: 9780691140308
Publication Date: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1999.
A Diary of Darkness is one of the most important and compelling documents of wartime Japan. Between 1942 and 1945, the liberal journalist Kiyosawa Kiyoshi (1890-1945) kept at great personal risk a diary of his often subversive social and political observations and his personal struggles. The diary caused a sensation when it was published in Japan in 1948 and is today regarded as a classic. This is the first time it has appeared in English.

Kiyosawa was an American-educated commentator on politics and foreign affairs who became increasingly isolated in Japan as militant nationalists rose to power. He began the diary as notes for a history of the war, but it soon became an "inadvertent autobiography" and a refuge for the bitter criticism of Japanese authoritarianism that he had to repress publicly. It chronicles growing bureaucratic control over everything from the press to people's clothing. Kiyosawa pours scorn on such leaders as Premiers Tojo and Koiso. He laments the rise of hysterical propaganda and relates his own and his friends' struggles to avoid arrest. He writes in gripping detail about increasing poverty, crime, and disorder. He records the sentiments of the local barber as faithfully as those of senior politicians. And all the while he traces the gradual disintegration of Japan's war effort and the looming certainty of defeat.

A Diary of Darkness is a perceptive and courageous account of wartime Japan and a revealing record of the devastation wrought by total war.

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Network Power: Japan and Asia - Peter J. Katzenstein (Editor); Takashi Shiraishi (Editor)
Call Number: DS33.4.J3 N47 1997
ISBN: 9780801483738
Publication Date: 1997-04-24
This book examines regional dynamics in contemporary east and southeast Asia, scrutinizing the effects of Japanese dominance on the politics, economics, and cultures of the area. The contributors ask whether Japan has now attained, through sheer economic power and its political and cultural consequences, the predominance it once sought by overtly military means.The discussion is framed by the profound changes of the past decade. Since the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, regional dynamics increasingly shape international and national developments. This volume places Japan's role in Asian regionalism in a broader comparative perspective with European regionalism and the role Germany plays. It assesses the competitive logics of continental and coastal primacy in China. In starkest form, the question addressed is whether Chinese or Japanese domination of the Asian region is more likely. Between a neo-mercantilist emphasis on the world's movement toward relatively closed regional blocs and an opposing liberal view that global markets are creating convergent pressures across all national boundaries and regional divides, this book takes a middle position. Asian regionalism is identified by two intersecting developments: Japanese economic penetration of Asian supplier networks through a system of production alliances, and the emergence of a pan-Pacific trading region that includes both Asia and North America. The contributors emphasize factors that are creating an Asia marked by multiple centers of influence, including China and the United States.

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Edo Culture - Matsunosuke Nishiyama; Gerald Groemer (Translator)
Call Number: DS822.2 .N558 1997
ISBN: 9780824818500
Publication Date: Honolulu, HI : University of Hawaiʻi Press, 1997.
Nishiyama Matsunosuke is one of the most important historians of Tokugawa (Edo) popular culture, yet until now his work has never been translated into a Western language. Edo Culture presents a selection of Nishiyama's writings that serves not only to provide an excellent introduction to Tokugawa cultural history but also to fill many gaps in our knowledge of the daily life and diversions of the urban populace of the time. Many essays focus on the most important theme of Nishiyama's work: the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries as a time of appropriation and development of Japan's culture by its urban commoners.

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Erotic Grotesque Nonsense: the mass culture of Japanese modern times - Miriam Silverberg
Call Number: DS822.4 .S63 2006
ISBN: 9780520260085
Publication Date: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2006.
This history of Japanese mass culture during the decades preceding Pearl Harbor argues that the new gestures, relationship, and humor of ero-guro-nansensu (erotic grotesque nonsense) expressed a self-consciously modern ethos that challenged state ideology and expansionism. Miriam Silverberg uses sources such as movie magazines, ethnographies of the homeless, and the most famous photographs from this era to capture the spirit, textures, and language of a time when the media reached all classes, connecting the rural social order to urban mores. Employing the concept of montage as a metaphor that informed the organization of Japanese mass culture during the 1920s and 1930s, Silverberg challenges the erasure of Japanese colonialism and its legacies. She evokes vivid images from daily life during the 1920s and 1930s, including details about food, housing, fashion, modes of popular entertainment, and attitudes toward sexuality. Her innovative study demonstrates how new public spaces, new relationships within the family, and an ironic sensibility expressed the attitude of Japanese consumers who identified with the modern as providing a cosmopolitan break from tradition at the same time that they mobilized for war.

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The Conquest of Ainu Lands - Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590-1800 - Brett L. Walker
Call Number: DS832 .W35 2006
ISBN: 9780520248342
Publication Date: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2006.
This model monograph is the first scholarly study to put the Ainu--the native people living in Ezo, the northernmost island of the Japanese archipelago--at the center of an exploration of Japanese expansion during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the height of the Tokugawa shogunal era. Inspired by "new Western" historians of the United States, Walker positions Ezo not as Japan's northern "frontier" but as a borderland or middle ground. By framing his study between the cultural and ecological worlds of the Ainu before and after two centuries of sustained contact with the Japanese, the author demonstrates with great clarity just how far the Ainu were incorporated into the Japanese political economy and just how much their ceremonial and material life--not to mention disease ecology, medical culture, and their physical environment--had been infiltrated by Japanese cultural artifacts, practices, and epidemiology by the early nineteenth century.
Walker takes a fresh and original approach. Rather than presenting a mere juxtaposition of oppression and resistance, he offers a subtle analysis of how material and ecological changes induced by trade with Japan set in motion a reorientation of the whole northern culture and landscape. Using new and little-known material from archives as well as Ainu oral traditions and archaeology, Walker poses an exciting new set of questions and issues that have yet to be approached in so innovative and thorough a fashion.

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From Mahan to Pearl Harbor: the imperial Japanese navy and the United States - Sadao Asada
Call Number: DS839.7 .A87 2006
ISBN: 9781591140375
Publication Date: Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, c2006.
A major work by one of Japan's leading naval historians, this book traces Alfred Thayer Mahan's influence on Japan's rise as a sea power after the publication of his classic study, The Influence of Sea Power Upon History. Hailed by the British Admiralty, Theodore Roosevelt, and Kaiser Wilhelm II, the international bestseller also was endorsed by the Japanese Naval Ministry, who took it as a clarion call to enhance their own sea power. That power, of course, was eventually used against the United States. Sadao Asada opens his book with a discussion of Mahan's sea power doctrine and demonstrates how Mahan's ideas led the Imperial Japanese Navy to view itself as a hypothetical enemy of the Americans.

State and Diplomacy in Early Modern Japan - Ronald P. Toby
Call Number: DS871.7 .T6 1991
ISBN: 9780804719520
Publication Date: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1991.

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Sakamoto Ryoma and the Meiji Restoration - Marius B. Jansen
Call Number: DS881.3 .J28 1994
ISBN: 9780231101738
Publication Date: New York : Columbia University Press, c1994.

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Modern Japan - Peter Duus
Call Number: DS881.9 .D88 1998
ISBN: 9780395746042
Publication Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1998.

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Japan's Love-Hate Relationship with the West - Sukehiro Hirakawa
Call Number: DS881.96 .H57 2005
ISBN: 9781901903812
Publication Date: Folkestone, Kent : Global Oriental, 2005.
With introductory chapters on Japan's historic love-hate relationship with China, the author goes on to explore his subject under five main themes: Europeanization fever and conservative reaction, which includes a discussion on Samuel Smiles's "Self-Help" - the best-selling guidebook for Meiji Japan's modernization; from war to peace, which includes an analysis of Takeyama Michio's "Harp of Burma" (1948) and the image of former British enemies; attempt at reciprocal elucidation, which includes an appraisal of the "Divine Comedy" from a Japanese perspective; Lafcadio Hearn's "Understanding of the Ghostly World of the Japanese", including a chapter on animistic belief and its use in Japanese literature; and Japanese writers between East and West, including an evaluation of Takamura Kotaro's love-hate relationship with the West.

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Samurai and Silk: a Japanese and American heritage - Haru Matsukata Reischauer
Call Number: DS881.97 .R44 1986
ISBN: 9780674788015
Publication Date: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1986.
"Samurai and Silk" is a rare treasure: a book of penetrating insight into the Japanese character and the forging of modern Japan from the feudal Tokugawa shoguns to present day economic titans. Only Haru Reischauer could have written this extraordinary family account, beginning with her two illustrious grandfathers: one, a provincial samurai who became a founding father of the Meiji government; the other, a scion of a wealthy and enterprising peasant family who almost single-handedly developed the silk trade with America. Their remarkable stories, and those of their notable descendants, demonstrate the unbounded vision and determination that explain so much about Japan's legendary success.

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The Abacus and the Sword - Peter Duus
Call Number: DS882 .D88 1998
ISBN: 9780520213616
Publication Date: Berkeley : University of California Press, 1998, c1995.
What forces were behind Japan's emergence as the first non-Western colonial power at the turn of the twentieth century? Peter Duus brings a new perspective to Meiji expansionism in this pathbreaking study of Japan's acquisition of Korea, the largest of its colonial possessions. He shows how Japan's drive for empire was part of a larger goal to become the economic, diplomatic, and strategic equal of the Western countries who had imposed a humiliating treaty settlement on the country in the 1850s.
Duus maintains that two separate but interlinked processes, one political/military and the other economic, propelled Japan's imperialism. Every attempt at increasing Japanese political influence licensed new opportunities for trade, and each new push for Japanese economic interests buttressed, and sometimes justified, further political advances. The sword was the servant of the abacus, the abacus the agent of the sword.
While suggesting that Meiji imperialism shared much with the Western colonial expansion that provided both model and context, Duus also argues that it was "backward imperialism" shaped by a sense of inferiority vis-à-vis the West. Along with his detailed diplomatic and economic history, Duus offers a unique social history that illuminates the motivations and lifestyles of the overseas Japanese of the time, as well as the views that contemporary Japanese had of themselves and their fellow Asians.

The Iwakura Mission to America and Europe - Nish
Call Number: DS882.6 .I92 1998
ISBN: 9780415471794
Publication Date: Richmond, Surrey U.K.: Japan Library, 1998.
Driven by the need to identify, classify and assess western technology and culture together with a desire to advance a dialogue for reviewing the so-called 'unequal treaties' - the new Meiji government of 1868 despatched a top-level ministerial team to the west which, in 1872, arrived in the United States. In all, they spent 205 days in America, 122 days in Britain and two months in France, as well as visiting other countries including Belgium, Germany, Russia, Sweden and Italy.

Drawing on the papers given at the triennial conference of the European Association of Japanese Studies, held in Budapest in August 1997 (the year also marking the 125th anniversary of Iwakura's arrival), this volume presents a valuable new overview of the mission as a whole, with the significance and impact of the visit to each country being separately assessed. A supplement to the book looks at several 'post-Iwakura' topics, including a review of the mission's chief chronicler, Kume Kunitake.

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Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His world, 1852-1912 - Donald Keene; Donald McMillan
Call Number: DS882.7 .K44 2002
ISBN: 9780231123419
Publication Date: New York : Columbia University Press, c2002.
When Emperor Meiji began his rule, in 1867, Japan was a splintered empire, dominated by the shogun and the daimyos, who ruled over the country's more than 250 decentralized domains and who were, in the main, cut off from the outside world, staunchly antiforeign, and committed to the traditions of the past. Before long, the shogun surrendered to the emperor, a new constitution was adopted, and Japan emerged as a modern, industrialized state.

Despite the length of his reign, little has been written about the strangely obscured figure of Meiji himself, the first emperor ever to meet a European. Most historians discuss the period that takes his name while barely mentioning the man, assuming that he had no real involvement in affairs of state. Even Japanese who believe Meiji to have been their nation's greatest ruler may have trouble recalling a single personal accomplishment that might account for such a glorious reputation. Renowned Japan scholar Donald Keene sifts the available evidence to present a rich portrait not only of Meiji but also of rapid and sometimes violent change during this pivotal period in Japan's history.

In this vivid and engrossing biography, we move with the emperor through his early, traditional education; join in the formal processions that acquainted the young emperor with his country and its people; observe his behavior in court, his marriage, and his relationships with various consorts; and follow his maturation into a "Confucian" sovereign dedicated to simplicity, frugality, and hard work. Later, during Japan's wars with China and Russia, we witness Meiji's struggle to reconcile his personal commitment to peace and his nation's increasingly militarized experience of modernization. Emperor of Japan conveys in sparkling prose the complexity of the man and offers an unrivaled portrait of Japan in a period of unique interest.

Japanese imperialism, 1894-1945 - W.G. Beasley.
Call Number: DS885.48 .B43 1987
Publication Date: New York : Oxford University Press, 1987.
Studying the development, expansion, and eventual collapse of Japanese imperialism from the Sino-Japanese war of 1894-1895 through 1945, Beasley here discusses the dynamic relationship between a successful industrial economy and the building of an empire. The only country in Asia to build such a strong political and economic foundation in modern times, the Japanese empire has become known as one of the most remarkable exploits of the 20th century.

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Postwar Japan As History - Andrew Gordon
Call Number: DS889 .P63 1993
ISBN: 9780520074750
Publication Date: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1993.
Japan's catapult to world economic power has inspired many studies by social scientists, but few have looked at the 45 years of postwar Japan through the lens of history. The contributors to this book seek to offer such a view. As they examine three related themes of postwar history, the authors describe an ongoing historical process marked by unexpected changes, such as Japan's extraordinary economic growth, and unanticipated continuities, such as the endurance of conservative rule. A provocative set of interpretative essays by eminent scholars, this book will appeal to anyone interested in the history of twentieth-century Japan and the dilemmas facing Japan today

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Japan Rising: the resurgence of Japanese power and purpose - Kenneth B. Pyle
Call Number: DS889.5 .P95 2007
ISBN: 9781586484170
Publication Date: New York : Public Affairs, 2007.
"Japan is on the verge of a sea change. After more than fifty years of national pacifism and isolation including the "lost decade" of the 1990s, Japan is quietly, stealthily awakening. As Japan prepares to become a major player in the strategic struggles of the 21st century, critical questions arise about its motivations. What are the driving forces that influence how Japan will act in the international system? Are there recurrent patterns that will help explain how Japan will respond to the emerging environment of world politics?
American understanding of Japanese character and purpose has been tenuous at best. We have repeatedly underestimated Japan in the realm of foreign policy. Now as Japan shows signs of vitality and international engagement, it is more important than ever that we understand the forces that drive Japan. In Japan Rising, renowned expert Kenneth Pyle identities the common threads that bind the divergent strategies of modern Japan, providing essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how Japan arrived at this moment—and what to expect in the future."

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Japanamerica: how Japanese pop culture has invaded the U.S. - Roland Kelts
Call Number: E169.12 .K46 2007
ISBN: 9781403984760
Publication Date: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
Japanamerica is the first book that directly addresses the American experience with the Japanese pop culture craze--including anime from Hayao Miyazaki's epics to the burgeoning world of hentai, or violent pornographic anime to Haruki Murakami's fiction. Including interviews with the inventor of Pac-man and executives from TokyoPop, GDH, and other major Japanese and American production companies, this book highlights the shared conflicts both countries face as anime and manga become a global form of entertainment and change both the United States and Japan in the process.

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The U. S. Japan Alliance: past, present, and future - Michael J. Green (Editor); Patrick M. Cronin (Editor)
Call Number: E183.8.J3 U15 1999
ISBN: 9780876092491
Publication Date: New York : Council on Foreign Relations Press, c1999
The U.S. Japan alliance has faced new challenges: domestic opposition to U.S. bases in Okinawa; Chinese criticism of a stronger U.S.-Japan security relationship; and growing international frustration with Japan's economic policies. The alliance remains crucial to both nations' interests, but the management of bilateral security ties has become more complex. The U.S.-Japan Alliance explains the inner workings of that alliance and recommends new approaches to sustain this critical bilateral security relationship. The authors are scholars and practitioners who understand where the alliance came from, how it is managed, and the strategic decisions that will have to be made in the future. The volume is divided into four sections: the role of the alliance in the context of the East Asian strategic environment; the bilateral military relationship; the domestic politics of the alliance in both Japan and the United States; and the economic dimension of the security relationship. The volume concludes with the editors' recommended agenda for the future of the alliance.

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Constructing Civil Society in Japan: voices of environmental movements - Koichi Hasegawa
Call Number: GE195 .H38 2004
ISBN: 9781876843731
Publication Date: Melbourne, Vic., Australia : Trans Pacific Press, 2004
Japan's post-World War II "economic miracle" is well-known and much discussed, as is the collapse of the bubble economy and the almost decade long economic stagnation of the 1990s. In this collection of essays and articles spanning two decades of intellectual work, Koichi Hasegawa, one of Japan's foremost environmental sociologists, reveals another dimension to the Japanese experience of the late 20th century, a developing civil society. Hasegawa's aim in this collection is manifold, beginning with an outline of the aims, objectives and distinguishing characteristics of environmental sociology. Combining a historical analysis of the rise of this new discipline with an overview of the theoretical frames that define it, Hasegawa argues that environmental sociology challenges the sociological conventions of “disengaged observation” as well as the anthropocentrism inherent to the sociological perspective. At the same time, environmental sociology challenges a powerful environmentalists' perspective, stressing that environmental are not simply scientific or technical problems but are always and especially social problems.

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Family and Social Policy in Japan: anthropological approaches - Roger Goodman (Editor, Contribution by); Harumi Befu (Contribution by); Michio Muramatsu (Contribution by); Wolfgang Seifert (Contribution by); Yoshio Sugimoto (Contribution by); Chizuko Ueno (Contribution by)
Call Number: GN635.J2 F36 2002
ISBN: 0521016355
Publication Date: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Social policies reflect important ideas about the relationship between the state and the individual. This book examines this relationship in a number of unexplored areas in Japanese society, including policies relating to fertility, perinatal care, child care, sexuality and elder care. It concludes that a major transformation occurred during the 1990s as a result of Japan's changing economy, demography and civil society. The volume challenges many Western preconceptions about Japanese society.

An Anticlassical Political-Economic Analysis: a vision for the next century - Yasusuke Murakami; Kozo Yamamura (Introduction by, Translator)
Call Number: HB75 .M87713 1996
ISBN: 9780804735193
Publication Date: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1996.
In his final work, one that distills decades of research and thought, a distinguished economic thinker turned social scientist and philosopher confronts three crucial questions facing the world at the end of the century: How and in what form can a harmonious and stable post-cold war world order be created? How can the world maintain the economic performance necessary for the well-being of people while minimizing international economic conflicts and further deterioration of the world’s environment? What must be done to safeguard the freedoms of all peoples?

In attempting to answer these questions, Murakami criticizes classical political-economic analysis and offers his own “anticlassical” analyses and visions for the next century. By classical political-economic analysis, Murakami refers to analyses of power politics based on the nation-state system and to classical and neoclassical economic analysis which holds that unimpeded competition and free trade are fundamental bases for increasing wealth for the benefit of all. Murakami’s anticlassical stance takes the form of a new, intellectually integrated and reasoned concept called “polymorphic liberalism,” which argues that traditional “progressivism”—the belief that humans have an ultimate unique path on which they will reach an ideal social and political-economic system—can no longer meet today’s challenges.

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Japan, China, and the Growth of the Asian International Economy, 1850-1949 - Kaoru Sugihara (Editor)
Call Number: HC427.92 .J35 2010
ISBN: 9780198292715
Publication Date: Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 2010
Modern Asian economic history has often been written in terms of Western impact and Asia's response to it. This volume argues that the growth of intra-regional trade, migration, and capital and money flows was a crucial factor that determined the course of East Asian economic development.

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Native Sources of Japanese Industrialization, 1750-1920 - Thomas C. Smith
Call Number: HC462 .S617 1988
ISBN: 9780520062931
Publication Date: Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, 1988.
Native Sources is a collection of seminal essays on the demographic, economic, and social history of Tokugawa and modern Japan by one of the most eminent historians of Japan in this country. Gathered together for the first time and made accessible to students and scholars, Professor Smith's essays are indispensable reading for anyone interested in Japan's remarkable history.

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The Japanese Economic System and Its Historical Origins - Masahiro Okuno-Fujiwara (Editor); Tetsuji Okazaki (Editor); Susan Herbert (Translator)
Call Number: HC462.8 .G427 1999
ISBN: 9780198289012
Publication Date: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
This volume looks closely at the origins of the current Japanese economic system, focusing particularly on the contrast between the war period of 1930-1945 and the preceding situation.

Lectures on modern Japanese economic history : 1926-1994 - Nakamura Takafusa
Call Number: HC462.8 .N25613 1994
ISBN: 9784924971004
Publication Date: Tokyo : LTCB International Library Foundation, 1994

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Regime Shift: comparative dynamics of the Japanese political economy - T. J. Pempel
Call Number: HC462.9 .P413 1998
ISBN: 9780801485299
Publication Date: Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 1998
The Liberal Democratic Party, which dominated postwar Japan, lost power in the early 1990s. During that same period, Japan's once stellar economy suffered stagnation and collapse. Now a well-known commentator on contemporary Japan traces the political dynamics of the country to determine the reasons for these changes and the extent to which its political and economic systems have been permanently altered.T. J. Pempel contrasts the political economy of Japan during two decades: the 1960s, when the nation experienced conservative political dominance and high growth, and the early 1990s, when the "bubble economy" collapsed and electoral politics changed. The different dynamics of the two periods indicate a regime shift in which the present political economy deviates profoundly from earlier forms. This shift has involved a transformation in socioeconomic alliances, political and economic institutions, and public policy profile, rendering Japanese politics far less predictable than in the past. Pempel weighs the Japanese case against comparative data from the United States, Great Britain, Sweden, and Italy to show how unusual Japan's political economy had been in the 1960s. Regime Shift suggests that Japan's present troubles are deeply rooted in the economy's earlier success. It is a much-anticipated work that offers an original framework for understanding the critical changes that have affected political and economic institutions in Japan.

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Japan Remodeled: how government and industry are reforming Japanese capitalism - Steven K. Vogel
Call Number: HC462.95 .V64 2006
ISBN: 9780801473715
Publication Date: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2006
As the Japanese economy languished in the 1990s Japanese government officials, business executives, and opinion leaders concluded that their economic model had gone terribly wrong. They questioned the very institutions that had been credited with Japan's past success: a powerful bureaucracy guiding the economy, close government-industry ties, "lifetime" employment, the main bank system, and dense interfirm networks. Many of these leaders turned to the U.S. model for lessons, urging the government to liberate the economy and companies to sever long-term ties with workers, banks, suppliers, and other firms.Despite popular perceptions to the contrary, Japanese government and industry have in fact enacted substantial reforms. Yet Japan never emulated the American model. As government officials and industry leaders scrutinized their options, they selected reforms to modify or reinforce preexisting institutions rather than to abandon them. In Japan Remodeled, Steven Vogel explains the nature and extent of these reforms and why they were enacted.Vogel demonstrates how government and industry have devised innovative solutions. The cumulative result of many small adjustments is, he argues, an emerging Japan that has a substantially redesigned economic model characterized by more selectivity in business partnerships, more differentiation across sectors and companies, and more openness to foreign players.

Japan's lost decade - Hiroshi Yoshikawa ; translated by Charles H. Stewart
Call Number: HC462.95 .Y67313 2002
Publication Date: Tokyo : LTCB International Library Trust/International House of Japan, c2002.

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Four Practical Revolutions in Management - Shoji Shiba; David Walden
Call Number: HD62.15 .S55 2001
ISBN: 9781563272172
Publication Date: Cambridge, Mass. : Center for Quality of Management, 2001.
In Four Practical Revolutions in Management: Systems for Creating Unique Organizational Capability, authors Shoji Shiba and David Walden significantly revise their classic text on leading management systems -- A New American TQM. This book is a comprehensive approach to business management that goes beyond business operations improvement.
The authors demonstrate a program for establishing a sophisticated, state-of-the-art management system that creates unique organizational capabilities. Containing new methodologies and case studies, the book is one of the most extensive in the management field and provides a step-by-step program for implementing leading management techniques.

To create a successful management system, the authors argue that companies must be organized around four major areas of practice called the "four revolutions." They are customer focus, continuous improvement, total participation, and societal networking. For each of the areas, the book presents proven methods that enable dynamic implementation strategies.

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21st Century Japanese Management - James C. Abegglen
Call Number: HD70.J3 A259 2006
ISBN: 9781403998767
Publication Date: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
Japan's economy and businesses are moving into the twenty-first century after a long and hard 'lost decade' of company redesign. They emerge with new management systems in place, but with their values unchanged. From the unique perspective of the author's pioneering analysis of the 1950s, the financial systems, personnel management methods and R&D capabilities are re-assessed, as is the role of the corporation in Japanese society. The book offers a comprehensive analysis of the financial and industrial changes that have taken place in Japan by one of its most highly regarded commentators.

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The Japanese Company - Rodney Clark
Call Number: HD70.J3 C58
ISBN: 9780300026467
Publication Date: New Haven : Yale University Press, 1979

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Stock Market Capitalism: welfare capitalism : Japan and Germany versus the Anglo-Saxons - Ronald P. Dore
Call Number: HD70.J3 D67 2000
ISBN: 9780199240616
Publication Date: New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
This is a book about Washington Consensus capitalism and the controversies its encroachment causes in Japan and Germany. Many people in both those countries share the assumptions dominant today in Britain and America--that managers should be intent solely on creating shareholder value and that shareholders' financial logic alone should determine who buys what company on the stock exchange. That way efficiency (and hence global welfare) will be maximized.
The Japanese and German advocates of full-bloodied market capitalism are not having it all their own way, however. In both countries there are articulate defenders of what they consider to be a better way of life, informed by a more human, more social-solidary, set of values. Dore traces the fascinating debates which ensue on corporate governance, on worker rights, on supplier relations, on cartels and anti-trust, on pensions and welfare. He alsoanalyses actual changes in economic behaviour-an essential means of sorting out a lot of the muddle and double-talk not just in the internal debates themselves, but even more in the foreign reporting of them.
These accounts of the battle for the national soul in Japan and Germany constitute one of the finest contributions to the 'diversity of capitalism' debate. Dore's account should be read by anyone who is interested to know whether, for all the talk of globalization, that diversity is going to survive.

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The Japanese Firm - Masahiko Aoki (Editor); Ronald P. Dore (Editor)
Call Number: HD2907 .J347 1994
ISBN: 9780198292159
Publication Date: New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Japanese firms have come under close examination by their international counterparts,who seek insight into the sources of Japanese accomplishments. The Japanese Firm reveals the complex network of institutions and practices surrounding the Japanese firm to explain the successes of the Japanese economy. A team of internationally renowned scholars uses theoretical and empirical work, and combines contributions from the fields of institutional economics, organizational theory, economic history, and sociology to elucidate the distinctive social and economic context of Japanese firms. Through an analysis of the internal structure of firms, the interdependency of firms and their suppliers, and the effects of relative income and power equality, Aoki and Dore recognize the diversity of experience within Japan and address the transferability or adaptability of the Japanese experience to the Nordic or Anglo-American context.

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Race for the Exits: the unraveling of Japan's system of social protection - Leonard J. Schoppa
Call Number: HD7227 .S37 2006
ISBN: 9780801474453
Publication Date: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2006.
Contrary to all expectations, Japan's long-term recession has provoked no sustained political movement to replace the nation's malfunctioning economic structure. The country's basic social contract has so far proved resistant to reform, even in the face of persistently adverse conditions. In Race for the Exits, Leonard J. Schoppa explains why it has endured and how long it can last. The postwar Japanese system of "convoy capitalism" traded lifetime employment for male workers against government support for industry and the private (female) provision of care for children and the elderly. Two social groups bore a particularly heavy burden in providing for the social protection of the weak and dependent: large firms, which committed to keeping their core workforce on the payroll even in slow times, and women, who stayed home to care for their homes and families.

Using the exit-voice framework made famous by Albert Hirschman, Schoppa argues that both groups have chosen "exit" rather than "voice," depriving the political process of the energy needed to propel necessary reforms in the system. Instead of fighting for reform, firms slowly shift jobs overseas, and many women abandon hopes of accommodating both family and career. Over time, however, these trends have placed growing economic and demographic pressures on the social contract. As industries reduce their domestic operations, the Japanese economy is further diminished. Japan has also experienced a "baby bust" as women opt out of motherhood. Schoppa suggests that a radical break with the Japanese social contract of the past is becoming inevitable as the system slowly and quietly unravels.

British Factory Japanese Factory: the origins of national diversity in industrial relations - Ronald Dore
Call Number: HD8391 .D67 1990
ISBN: 9780415852760
Publication Date: 2013-05-22
The Japanese way of work is notoriously ‘different’. But is it Japan or Britain which is the odd man out? When originally published this was the first book to explore the real differences, through a point-by-point comparison of two Japanese factories with two British ones making similar products. In the first half of the book this comparison is pursued in systematic detail and clear illustration of the attitudes and assumptions which underlie what the author calls the ‘market-oriented’ system of Britain and the ‘organization-oriented’ system of Japan. One chapter shows how the employment institutions of the two countries fit into their political, family and educational institutions – an exercise in functionalist sociology which dominates t he later chapters and makes a major contribution to the discussion of development and of the ‘convergence’ of different systems.

Economics of work in Japan - Koike Kazuo
Call Number: HD8726.5 .K54713 1996
ISBN: 9784924971028
Publication Date: Tōkyō : LTCB International Library Foundation, 1996

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The Sun Also Sets - Bill Emmott
Call Number: HF1601 .E49 1991
ISBN: 9780671735869
Publication Date: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1991.
This is a record of the relationship between two world leaders of World War II; Roosevelt, patrician, aristocrat in American politics, deeply devoted to his national heritage and Stalin, low-born, bandit and revolutionist from his early years, liquidator of millions of Ukrainians, and purger of his own party in the Moscow trials of mid-1930s. The second front, the Mediterranean strategy, the Teheran and Yalta summits, the Warsaw Uprising, are all covered in this book, showing Roosevelt's ultimately futile pursuit of Stalin's friendship.

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Tsukiji: the fish market at the center of the world - Theodore C. Bestor
Call Number: HF5475.J3 T65 2004
ISBN: 9780520220249
Publication Date: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2004.
Located only blocks from Tokyo's glittering Ginza, Tsukiji--the world's largest marketplace for seafood--is a prominent landmark, well known but little understood by most Tokyoites: a supplier for countless fishmongers and sushi chefs, and a popular and fascinating destination for foreign tourists. Early every morning, the worlds of hi-tech and pre-tech trade noisily converge as tens of thousands of tons of seafood from every ocean of the world quickly change hands in Tsukiji's auctions and in the marketplace's hundreds of tiny stalls. In this absorbing firsthand study, Theodore C. Bestor--who has spent a dozen years doing fieldwork at fish markets and fishing ports in Japan, North America, Korea, and Europe--explains the complex social institutions that organize Tsukiji's auctions and the supply lines leading to and from them and illuminates trends of Japan's economic growth, changes in distribution and consumption, and the increasing globalization of the seafood trade. As he brings to life the sights and sounds of the marketplace, he reveals Tsukiji's rich internal culture, its place in Japanese cuisine, and the mercantile traditions that have shaped the marketplace since the early seventeenth century.

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Japan's Financial Crisis: institutional rigidity and reluctant change - Jennifer Ann Amyx
Call Number: HG187.J3 A49 2004
ISBN: 9780691114477
Publication Date: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2004.
At the beginning of the 1990s, a massive speculative asset bubble burst in Japan, leaving the nation's banks with an enormous burden of nonperforming loans. Banking crises have become increasingly common across the globe, but what was distinctive about the Japanese case was the unusually long delay before the government intervened to aggressively address the bad debt problem. The postponed response by Japanese authorities to the nation's banking crisis has had enormous political and economic consequences for Japan as well as for the rest of the world. This book helps us understand the nature of the Japanese government's response while also providing important insights into why Japan seems unable to get its financial system back on track 13 years later.

The book focuses on the role of policy networks in Japanese finance, showing with nuance and detail how Japan's Finance Ministry was embedded within the political and financial worlds, how that structure was similar to and different from that of its counterparts in other countries, and how the distinctive nature of Japan's institutional arrangements affected the capacity of the government to manage change.

The book focuses in particular on two intervening variables that bring about a functional shift in the Finance Ministry's policy networks: domestic political change under coalition government and a dramatic rise in information requirements for effective regulation. As a result of change in these variables, networks that once enhanced policymaking capacity in Japanese finance became "paralyzing networks"--with disastrous results.

Neighborhood Tokyo - Theodore C. Bestor
Call Number: HN730.T65 B47 1989
ISBN: 9780804714396
Publication Date: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1989.
In the vastness of Tokyo these are tiny social units, and by the standards that most Americans would apply, they are perhaps far too small, geographically and demographically, to be considered "neighborhoods." Still, to residents of Tokyo and particularly to the residents of any given subsection of the city, they are socially significant and geographically distinguishable divisions of the urban landscape. In neighborhoods such as these, overlapping and intertwining associations and institutions provide an elaborate and enduring framework for local social life, within which residents are linked to one another not only through their participation in local organizations, but also through webs of informal social, economic, and political ties.

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Gender and Development: the Japanese experience in comparative perspective - Mayumi Murayama (Editor); Ajia Keizai Kenkyujo (Japan) Staff (Contribution by)
Call Number: HQ1240.5.J3 G46 2005
ISBN: 9781403949448
Publication Date: New York : Palgrave Macmillan/IDE-JETRO, 2005
Although Japanese economic development is often discussed, less attention is given to social development, and much less to gender related issues. By examining Japanese experiences related to gender, the authors seek insights relevant to the current developing countries. Simultaneously, the book points out the importance for Japanese society to draw lessons from the creativity and activism of women in developing countries.

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The Turbulant Decade - Confronting the Refugee Crises of The 1990s - Sadako Ogata
Call Number: HV640.3 .O45 2005
ISBN: 9780393929225
Publication Date: New York : W.W. Norton, 2005.
tireless advocate for the victims of war, Sadako Ogata tells the story at the scene of four crises in which she directed relief: Iraq, the Balkans, the African Great Lakes region and Afghanistan. She explores issues of refugee protection and humanitarian assistance; coordination between humanitarian organisations, NATO and other military forces; and the global political and strategic climate in which these crises occurred. She asks the world community to assess the limits of humanitarian action and to work towards real political solutions when conflicts arise. No one is in a better position to tell this essential post-Cold War story than Ogata, who travelled to crisis spots to lead the world in confronting the tragedy of the displaced.

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Discourse by Three Drunkards on Government - Nakae Chomin; Marius Jansen (Foreword by); Nobuko Tsukui (Translator)
Call Number: JA69.J3 N319513 1984
ISBN: 9780834801929
Publication Date: New York : Weatherhill, 1984
Nakae Chomin was one of Japan's seminal thinkers during the Meiji era (1868–1912), a time when the nation was attempting to leapfrog from feudalism into the modern world. The son of a low-ranking samurai family, Chomin (a pen name meaning "the masses") began his studies with the Chinese and Buddhist classics, later traveling to France where he studied political philosophy. After returning home he won a seat in Japan's first parliament, although he quickly resigned for reasons of conscience. Chomin's critical writings continually drew the ire of the government; he was often censured and at one point was sent into exile in Osaka. He nevertheless continued to write prolifically, despite poverty and illness, until his death in 1901.

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Machiavelli's Children: leaders and their legacies in Italy and - Richard J. Samuels
Call Number: JN5345 .S25 2005
ISBN: 9780801489822
Publication Date: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2005.
Two late-developing nations, Japan and Italy, similarly obsessed with achieving modernity and with joining the ranks of the great powers, have traveled parallel courses with very different national identities. In this audacious book about leadership and historical choices, Richard J. Samuels emphasizes the role of human ingenuity in political change. He draws on interviews and archival research in a fascinating series of paired biographies of political and business leaders from Italy and Japan.

Beginning with the founding of modern nation-states after the Meiji Restoration and the Risorgimento, Samuels traces the developmental dynamic in both countries through the failure of early liberalism, the coming of fascism, imperial adventures, defeat in wartime, and reconstruction as American allies. Highlights of Machiavelli's Children include new accounts of the making of postwar Japanese politics-using American money and Manchukuo connections-and of the collapse of Italian political parties in the Clean Hands (Mani Pulite) scandal.

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Governing Japan: divided politics in a resurgent economy - J. A. A. Stockwin
Call Number: JQ1631 .S76 2008
ISBN: 9781405154161
Publication Date: Malden, Mass. : Blackwell Pub., 2008
Provides an in-depth, up-to-date, chronological analysis of Japan’s current political system and the contributions of its leaders. It emphasizes why Japan and its politics matters in a global society.

The Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895-1945 - Ramon H. Myers (Editor); Mark R. Peattie (Editor)
Call Number: JV5260 .J36 1984
ISBN: 9780691102221
Publication Date: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1984.

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Japan's Quest for a Permanent Security Council Seat: a matter of pride or justice? - Reinhard Drifte; Drifte Reinhard
Call Number: JZ5006.7 .D75 2000
ISBN: 9780312228477
Publication Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Victors' justice : the Tokyo War Crimes Trial - Richard H. Minear.
Call Number: KZ1181 .M56 2001
Publication Date: Ann Arbor, Mich. : Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 2001.

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Japan's High Schools - Thomas P. Rohlen
Call Number: LA1316 .R63 1983
ISBN: 9780520048638
Publication Date: Berkeley : University of California Press, 1983.
Looks at five high schools in Japan, analyzes their organization, politics, and instruction techniques, and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the Japanese educational system.

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Autobiography of Yukichi Fukuzawa - Eiikchi Kiyooka (Translator); Albert M. Craig (Foreword by); Yukichi Fukuzawa
Call Number: LB775.F82 A235 2007
ISBN: 9780231139878
Publication Date: New York : Columbia University Press, 2007
"Yukichi Fukuzawa (1835-1901) was a leading figure in the cultural revolution that transformed Japan from an isolated feudal nation into a full-fledged player in the modern world. He translated a wide range of Western works and adapted them to Japanese needs, inventing a colorful prose style close to the vernacular. He also authored many books, which were critical in introducing the powerful but alien culture of the West to the Japanese. Only by adopting the strengths and virtues of the West, he argued, could Japan maintain its independence despite the "disease" of foreign relations.

Dictated by Fukuzawa in 1897, this autobiography offers a vivid portrait of the intellectual's life story and a rare look inside the formation of a new Japan. Starting with his childhood in a small castle town as a member of the lower samurai class, Fukuzawa recounts in great detail his adventures as a student learning Dutch, as a traveler bound for America, and as a participant in the tumultuous politics of the pre-Restoration era. Particularly notable is Fukuzawa's ability to view the new Japan from both the perspective of the West and that of the old Japan in which he had been raised. While a strong advocate for the new civilization, he was always aware of its roots in the old."
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Anime from Akira to Howl's Moving Castle - Susan J. Napier
Call Number: NC1766.J3 N36 2005
ISBN: 9781403970527
Publication Date: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
This new edition of the groundbreaking popular book is a must-have for both seasoned and new fans of anime. Japanese animation is more popular than ever following the 2002 Academy Award given to Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away. It confirmed that anime is more than just children's cartoons, often portraying important social and cultural themes. With new chapters on Spirited Away and other recent releases, including Howl's Moving Castle--Miyazaki's latest hit film, already breaking records in Japan--this edition will be the authoritative source on anime for an exploding market of viewers who want to know more.

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Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830 - C. Andrew Gerstle; Timothy Clark (As told to); Akiko Yano (As told to)
Call Number: NE1321.8 .G47 2005
ISBN: 9780824823924
Publication Date: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, c2005.
Kabuki Heroes is about collective participation in urban culture—on the stage, in poetry salons, in art studios, and in fan clubs. Focusing on the culture of Kabuki theater in Osaka and Kyoto, the book illustrates the passionate hero worship of actors by all levels of society. Fans vigorously engaged in the creation of celebrity and fame for their idols, and thereby won their own moments of glory and glamour in the spotlight. Many of these participants are represented here—most of them ordinary townspeople, but also a few samurai and courtiers. This interactive nature of Kabuki culture is particularly intriguing: the actors themselves not only appeared on stage, but involved themselves in other cultural circles such as poetry salons, Kabuki fan clubs, as well as performing formal rituals at the theater. Individual fans became amateur performers, while others created lavish color prints and books to support favorite actors and spread their fame.
This catalogue illustrates that our obsession with celebrity is not just a modern phenomenon: in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Osaka, we can rediscover many elements in common with our own times. Just as we now worship celebrities both in private and in public—at concerts, theaters, and sports events—so too did Kabuki fans celebrate their stage idols. Most importantly, after the spread of new color woodblock printing technology in the late 1760s, a golden age of popular Kabuki culture was promoted far and wide with beautifully colored prints and books. The over-300 fine examples brought together in this catalogue reside in leading public and private collections in Europe and Japan and evoke a fascinating period when theater, art, and poetry were essential elements of social and cultural life.

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Media and Politics in Japan - Susan J. Pharr (Editor); Ellis S. Krauss (Editor)
Call Number: P95.82.J3 M43 1996
ISBN: 9780824817619
Publication Date: Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, 1996.

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The Pleasures of Japanese Literature - Donald Keene; William T. De Bary (Editor); Donald McMillan
Call Number: PL726.1 .K44 1988
ISBN: 9780231067379
Publication Date: New York : Columbia University Press, 1988.
Perhaps no one is more qualified to write about Japanese culture than Donald Keene, considered the leading interpreter of that nation's literature to the Western world. The author, editor, or translator of nearly three dozen books of criticism and works of literature, Keene now offers an enjoyable and beautifully written introduction to traditional Japanese culture for the general reader.

The book acquaints the reader with Japanese aesthetics, poetry, fiction, and theater, and offers Keene's appreciations of these topics. Based on lectures given at the New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the University of California, Los Angeles, the essays -though written by a renowned scholar- presuppose no knowledge of Japanese culture. Keene's deep learning, in fact, enables him to construct an overview as delightful to read as it is informative.

His insights often illuminate aspects of traditional Japanese culture that endure today. One of these is the appreciation of "perishability." this appreciation os seen in countless little bits of Japanese life: in temples made of wood instead of durable materials; in the preference for objects -such as pottery- that are worn, broken, or used rather than new; and in the national love of the delicate cherry blossom, which normally falls after a brief three days of flowering. Keene quotes the fourteenth-century Buddhist monk Kenko, who wrote that "the most precious thing about life is its uncertainty."

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Origins of Modern Japanese Literature - Kojin Karatani; Brett De Bary (Translator); Fredric Jameson (Contribution by); Stanley Fish (Contribution by)
Call Number: PL726.6 .K2813 1993
ISBN: 9780822313236
Publication Date: Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, c1993.
Since its publication in Japan ten years ago, the Origins of Modern Japanese Literature has become a landmark book, playing a pivotal role in defining discussions of modernity in that country. Against a history of relative inattention on the part of Western translators to modern Asian critical theory, this first English publication is sure to have a profound effect on current cultural criticism in the West. It is both the boldest critique of modern Japanese literary history to appear in the post-war era and a major theoretical intervention, which calls into question the idea of modernity that informs Western consciousness.
In a sweeping reinterpretation of nineteenth-and twentieth-century Japanese literature, Karatani Kojin forces a reconsideration of the very assumptions underlying our concepts of modernity. In his analysis, such familiar terms as origin, modern, literature, and the state reveal themselves to be ideological constructs. Karatani weaves many separate strands into an argument that exposes what has been hidden in both Japanese and Western accounts of the development of modern culture. Among these strands are: the "discovery" of landscape in painting and literature and its relation to the inwardness of individual consciousness; the similar "discovery" in Japanese drama of the naked face as another kind of landscape produced by interiority; the challenge to the dominance of Chinese characters in writing; the emergence of confessional literature as an outgrowth of the repression of sexuality and the body; the conversion of the samurai class to Christianity; the mythologizing of tuberculosis, cancer, and illness in general as a producer of meaning; and the "discovery" of "the child" as an independent category of human being.
A work that will be important beyond the confines of literary studies, Karatani's analysis challenges basic Western presumptions of theoretical centrality and originality and disturbs the binary opposition of the "West" to its so-called "other."

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Five Modern Japanese Novelists - Donald Keene
Call Number: PL747.65 .K44 2003
ISBN: 9780231126113
Publication Date: New York : Columbia University Press, c2003.
The New Yorker has called Donald Keene "America's preeminent scholar of Japanese literature." Now he presents a new book that serves as both a superb introduction to modern Japanese fiction and a memoir of his own lifelong love affair with Japanese literature and culture. Five Modern Japanese Novelistsprofiles five prominent writers whom Donald Keene knew personally: Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Kawabata Yasunari, Mishima Yukio, Abe Ko¯bo¯, and Shiba Ryo¯taro¯. Keene masterfully blends vignettes describing his personal encounters with these famous men with autobiographical observations and his trademark learned literary and cultural analysis.

Keene opens with a confession: before arriving in Japan in 1953, despite having taught Japanese for several years at Cambridge, he knew the name of only one living Japanese writer: Tanizaki. Keene's training in classical Japanese literature and fluency in the language proved marvelous preparation, though, for the journey of literary discovery that began with that first trip to Japan, as he came into contact, sometimes quite fortuitously, with the genius of a generation. It is a journey that will fascinate experts and newcomers alike.

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Oe and Beyond - Stephen Snyder (Editor); Philip J. Gabriel (Editor)
Call Number: PL747.8 .O34 1999
ISBN: 9780824821364
Publication Date: Honolulu, Hawaii : University of Hawai'i Press, c1999

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The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature - J. Thomas Rimer; Van C. Gessel
Call Number: PL782.E1 C55 2007
ISBN: 9780231118613
Publication Date: New York ; Chichester : Columbia University Press, 2007.
This comprehensive anthology collects works of fiction, poetry, drama, and essay-writing from a pivotal time in Japanese history. In addition to their literary achievements, the texts reflect the political, social, and intellectual changes that occurred in Japanese society during this period, including exposure to Western ideas and literature, the rise of nationalism, and the complex interaction of traditional and modern forces. The volume offers outstanding, often new translations of classic texts by such celebrated writers as Nagai Kafu, Shimazaki Toson, Natsume Soseki, Kawabata Yasunari, and Yosano Akiko. The editors have also unearthed works from lesser-known women writers, many of which have never been available in English.

Contemporary Japanese Literature: an anthology of fiction, film, and other writing since 1945 - Howard Hibbett (Preface by)
Call Number: PL782.E1 C6 2005
ISBN: 9780887274367
Publication Date: Boston : Cheng & Tsui Co., c2005.

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Japanese Women Writers: twentieth century short fiction - Kyoko I. Selden (Editor, Translator); Norika M. Lippit (Editor, Translator)
Call Number: PL782.E8 J37 1991
ISBN: 9780873328609
Publication Date: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, c1991.

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The Tales of the Heike - Burton Watson; Haruo Shirane
Call Number: PL790 .H42 2006
ISBN: 9780231138031
Publication Date: New York : Columbia University Press, c2006.
The Tales of the Heike is one of the most influential works in Japanese literature and culture, remaining even today a crucial source for fiction, drama, and popular media. Originally written in the mid-thirteenth century, it features a cast of vivid characters and chronicles the epic Genpei war, a civil conflict that marked the end of the power of the Heike and changed the course of Japanese history. The Tales of the Heike focuses on the lives of both the samurai warriors who fought for two powerful twelfth-century Japanese clans-the Heike (Taira) and the Genji (Minamoto)-and the women with whom they were intimately connected.

The Tales of the Heike provides a dramatic window onto the emerging world of the medieval samurai and recounts in absorbing detail the chaos of the battlefield, the intrigue of the imperial court, and the gradual loss of a courtly tradition. The book is also highly religious and Buddhist in its orientation, taking up such issues as impermanence, karmic retribution, attachment, and renunciation, which dominated the Japanese imagination in the medieval period.

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches - Matsuo Basho; Nobuyuki Yuasa (Foreword by, Translator); Noboyuki Yuasa (Introduction by, Translator); Noboyuki Yuasa (Introduction by)
Call Number: PL794.4 .A29 1966
ISBN: 9780140441857
Publication Date: Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1966.
In his perfectly crafted haiku poems, Basho described the natural world with great simplicity and delicacy of feeling. When he composed "The Narrow Road to the Deep North" he was a serious student of Zen Buddhism setting off on a series of travels designed to strip away the trappings of the material world and bring spiritual enlightenment. He wrote of the seasons changing, of the smell of the rain, the brightness of the moon and the beauty of the waterfall, through which he sensed the mysteries of the universe. These travel writings not only chronicle Basho's perilous journeys through Japan, but they also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him.

The Wild Goose (Gan) - Mori Ogai
Call Number: PL811.O7 G313 1995
ISBN: 9780939512706
Publication Date: Ann Arbor : Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, 1995.

Kafu the Scribbler: the life and writings of Nagai Kafū, 1879-1959 - Edward G. Seidensticker
Call Number: PL812.A4 Z88 1990
ISBN: 9780939512461
Publication Date: Ann Arbor, Mich. : Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, [1990]

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In Praise of Shadows - Jun'ichiro Tanizaki; Thomas J. Harper (Translator); Edward G. Seidensticker (Translator); Charles Moore (Foreword by)
Call Number: PL839.A7 A25 2001
ISBN: 9780918172020
Publication Date: London : Vintage, 2001, c1977.
An essay on aesthetics by the Japanese novelist, this book explores architecture, jade, food, and even toilets, combining an acute sense of the use of space in buildings. The book also includes descriptions of laquerware under candlelight and women in the darkness of the house of pleasure.

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The Cape: and other stories from the Japanese Ghetto - Kenji Nakagami; Eve Zimmerman (Translator)
Call Number: PL857.A3683 A28 2008
ISBN: 9781880656396
Publication Date: Berkeley, Calif. : Stone Bridge Press, 2008.
The fiction of Kenji Nakagami has no peer in contemporary Japan. Born into the burakumin -- an outcast class shunned in feudal Japan and still suffering discrimination today -- Nakagami depicts the lives of his people in powerful, sensual prose and stark, sometimes horrifying detail. The Cape is his breakthrough novella about a burakumin community in a small coastal city and their struggles with complicated family histories and troubled memories. Poverty, violence, suicide, and the harsh natural conditions of their home constantly disrupt their lives. Two more early stories, "The Burning House" and "Redhead, " continue these themes, relieved by small moments of profound tenderness.

The life of an amorous woman, and other writings - Ihara, Saikaku, Edited and translated by Ivan Morris.
Call Number: PL898.I5 K68 1963
Publication Date: [Norfolk, Conn.] New Directions [1963]

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Contemporary Japanese Film - Mark Schilling
Call Number: PN1993.5.J3 S37 1999
ISBN: 9780834804159
Publication Date: New York : Weatherhill, 1999.
This comprehensive look at Japanese cinema in the 1990s includes nearly four hundred reviews of individual films and a dozen interviews and profiles of leading directors and producers. Interpretive essays provide an overview of some of the key issues and themes of the decade, and provide background and context for the treatment of individual films and artists.

In Mark Schilling's view, Japanese film is presently in a period of creative ferment, with a lively independent sector challenging the conventions of the industry mainstream. Younger filmmakers are rejecting the stale formulas that have long characterized major studio releases, reaching out to new influences from other media—television, comics, music videos, and even computer games—and from both the West and other Asian cultures. In the process they are creating fresh and exciting films that range from the meditative to the manic, offering hope that Japanese film will not only survive but thrive as it enters the new millennium.

Kabuki : baroque fusion of the arts - Kawatake Toshio ; translated by Frank & Jean Connell Hoff.
Call Number: PN2924.5.K3 K332813 2006
Publication Date: Tokyo : LTCB International Library Trust/International House of Japan, 2006.

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Broadcasting Politics in Japan : NHK and television news - Ellis S. Krauss
Call Number: PN5407.T4 K73 2000
ISBN: 9780801437489
Publication Date: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2000
The aftermath of Japan's 1945 military defeat left its public institutions in a state of deep crisis; virtually every major source of state legitimacy was seriously damaged or wholly remade by the postwar occupation. Between 1960 and 1990, however, these institutions renewed their strength, taking on legitimacy that erased virtually all traces of their postwar instability.How did this transformation come about? This is the question Ellis S. Krauss ponders in Broadcasting Politics in Japan; his answer focuses on the role played by the Japanese mass media and in particular by Japan's national broadcaster, NHK. Since the 1960s, television has been a fixture of the Japanese household, and NHK's TV news has until very recently been the dominant, and most trusted, source of political information for the Japanese citizen. NHK's news style is distinctive among the broadcasting systems of industrialized countries; it emphasizes facts over interpretation and gives unusual priority to coverage of the national bureaucracy. Krauss argues that this approach is not simply a reflection of Japanese culture, but a result of the organization and processes of NHK and their relationship with the state. These factors had profound consequences for the state's postwar re-legitimization, while the commercial networks' recent challenge to NHK has helped engender the wave of cynicism currently faced by the state. Krauss guides the reader through the complex interactions among politics, media organizations, and Japanese journalism to demonstrate how NHK television news became a shaper of Japan's political world, rather than simply a lens through which to view it.

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Manga - Paul Gravett
Call Number: PN6790.J3 G738 2004
ISBN: 9781856693912
Publication Date: New York : Collins Design, 2004.
Japan's output of manga is massive, accounting for a staggering forty percent of everything published each year in the country.Outside Japan, there has been a global boom in sales, with the manga aesthetic spreading from comics into all areas of Western youth culture through film, computer games, advertising, and design.

Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics presents an accessible, entertaining, and highly-illustrated introduction to the development and diversity of Japanese comics from 1945 to the present. Featuring striking graphics and extracts from a wide range of manga, the book covers such themes as the specific attributes of manga in contrast to American and European comics; the life and career of Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro Boy and originator of story manga; boys' comics from the 1960s to the present; the genres and genders of girls' and women's comics; the darker, more realistic themes of gekiga -- violent samurai, disturbing horror and apocalyptic science fiction; issues of censorship and protest; and manga's role as a major Japanese export and global influence.

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Dreamland Japan: writings on modern manga - Frederik L. Schodt
Call Number: PN6790.J3 S285 2011
ISBN: 9781933330952
Publication Date: Berkeley, California : Stone Bridge Press, 2011
Frederik L. Schodt looks at the classic publications and artists who created modern manga, including the magazines Big Comics and Morning, and artists like Suehiro Maruo and Shigeru Mizuki; an entire chapter is devoted to Osamu Tezuka. The new afterword shows how manga have evolved in the past decade to transform global visual culture.

Science, technology and society in contemporary Japan - Morris Low, Shigeru Nakayama, Hitoshi Yoshioka.
Call Number: Q175.52.J3 L68 1999
Publication Date: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.

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Japanese Science: from the inside - Samuel J. Coleman
Call Number: Q180.J3 C66 1999
ISBN: 9780415201698
Publication Date: New York : Routledge, 1999.
This ethnographic study of Japan's scientists looks firsthand at career structures and organizational issues that have hampered the advancement of scientists and scientific research in Japan. It provides analysis of the problem of career mobility in science, the status quo in university and government laboratories, relations between scientists and lay administrators and the problems encountered by women scientists.
Japanese Science contests the view that Japan's relatively poor scientific record has been the product of cultural factors and instead demonstrates the crucial importance of moribund policy decisions that hold back dynamic and ambitious scientists.

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Manufacturing Ideology: scientific management in twentieth-century Japan - William M. Tsutsui
Call Number: T55.77.J3 T78 1998
ISBN: 9780691074566
Publication Date: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1998.
Japanese industry is the envy of the world for its efficient and humane management practices. Yet, as William Tsutsui argues, the origins and implications of "Japanese-style management" are poorly understood. Contrary to widespread belief, Japan's acclaimed strategies are not particularly novel or even especially Japanese.

Tsutsui traces the roots of these practices to Scientific Management, or Taylorism, an American concept that arrived in Japan at the turn of the century. During subsequent decades, this imported model was embraced--and ultimately transformed--in Japan's industrial workshops. Imitation gave rise to innovation as Japanese managers sought a "revised" Taylorism that combined mechanistic efficiency with respect for the humanity of labor.

Tsutsui's groundbreaking study charts Taylorism's Japanese incarnation, from the "efficiency movement" of the 1920s, through Depression-era "rationalization" and wartime mobilization, up to postwar "productivity" drives and quality-control campaigns. Taylorism became more than a management tool; its spread beyond the factory was a potent intellectual template in debates over economic growth, social policy, and political authority in modern Japan.

Tsutsui's historical and comparative perspectives reveal the centrality of Japanese Taylorism to ongoing discussions of Japan's government-industry relations and the evolution of Fordist mass production. He compels us to rethink what implications Japanese-style management has for Western industries, as well as the future of Japan itself.

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The Evolution of a Manufacturing System at Toyota - Takahiro Fujimoto
Call Number: TL278 .F83 1999
ISBN: 9780195123203
Publication Date: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.
What is the true source of a firm's long-term competitive advantage in manufacturing? Through original field studies, historical research, and statistical analyses, this book shows how Toyota Motor Corporation, one of the world's largest automobile companies, built distinctive capabilities in production, product development, and supplier management. Fujimoto asserts that it is Toyota's evolutionary learning capability that gives the company its advantage and demonstrates how this learning is put to use in daily work.

Norms and National Security: police and military in postwar Japan - Peter J. Katzenstein
Call Number: UA845 .K376 1996
ISBN: 9780801432606
Publication Date: 1996-08-29

 
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