electronic journal of
contemporary japanese studies

The electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies (ejcjs) is an international peer reviewed journal in the Humanities and  Social Sciences that publishes academic research and scholarly writing on all issues related to contemporary Japanese literature, theatre, cinema, philosophy, society, economy, politics, culture, and more. Our editorial board consists of academics from around the world, and our production team consists of global volunteers. We are grateful for contributions from scholars working in all fields of the Humanities and other disciplines relevant to Japan, and although we focus on contemporary matters, we will publish outstanding work covering any historical period.

We typically publish three issues per year, comprising peer reviewed articles, non-peer reviewed discussion papers, reviews of books and films, and translations of both academic, i.e., non-fiction, and fiction writing. For a list of volumes and issues, please click here.

Please refer to the links on the left for specific information on our submission guidelines, author index, publications by category, editorial board, and other information.

Volume 21, Issue 1

In solemn commemoration of the many tragedies ten years ago, on March 11, 2011 in the Tōhoku region, and with best wishes to all during these difficult times.

—The ejcjs Team

Peer-reviewed articles

Barbara Greene
1. Fanning the Flames: Narrative-Baiting and Flame-Ups as a Means of Raising Visibility in an Over-Saturated Media Market
Yamisle Barbara Roca
2. Origin of the Sun: Japanese Soft Power and Public Diplomacy Evaluated

Discussion Papers

Anthony Rausch
1. Furusato nozei Revisited
Tets Kimura
2. “Cotton poet” latest victim of COVID-19: Obituary, Takada Kenzo

Film Reviews

Simon Paxton
1. Remembering March 11: A review of Fukushima 50


Tets Kimura

1. The Dark Master