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 22, Issue 1

Standing in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, for independent sovereignty and the rights of all people to peaceful self-determination.

—The ejcjs Team

Peer-reviewed articles

Ishida Kenji and Arita Shin
1. Contextual Obstacles to Entrepreneurship in Japan from the Perspective of the Overseas Japanese Self-Employed
Kaori Yoshida
2. Ambivalent Female Bodies: A Place for Feminine War Memory in Japan

Discussion Papers

Daniel Clausen
1. “Inori no Nagasaki”? Exploring Christian Themes in the Construction of Nagasaki as a Hibakusha City
Albert Graves
2. Behind the Scene: Stories with the Master and Miseko of a Korean Gay Bar in Japan
Andrew Watson
3. Criminal Majority in Japan: What was Decided and Implemented


Kathryn Tanaka translating Hōjō Tamio

1. The Farce