electronic journal of
contemporary japanese studies

Index of discussion papers

This section of the electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies features discussion papers on contemporary Japanese society, economy, politics, and culture. It is a forum for contributors to air their work in public and engage in scholarly dialogue with readers. Papers posted here have not been subject to blind peer review.

Discussion Papers in 2017

1. Japan’s Furusato nozei Tax System: Shared Japanese Citizenship or Rewarded Local Place Appeal?
Anthony Rausch
Posted: 23 April 2017

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Discussion Papers in 2016

2. Corporate Scandal In Japan And The Case Study Of Olympus
Igor Prusa
Posted: 23 December 2016
1. Heroes Beyond Good And Evil: Theorising Transgressivity In Japanese And Western Fiction
Igor Prusa
Posted: 30 April 2016

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Discussion Papers in 2015

4. Regional Revitalisation as Culture, Identity and Citizenship: Promise, Peril and Shared Sacrifice for Shared Investment
Anthony S. Rausch
Posted: 13 December 2015
3. The Undesirable Other: Assessing Foreigner Incorporation in Japan
Natasha Miner
Posted: 13 December 2015
2. History from Below: Japan’s Junior High School History Textbooks and the colonisation of Hokkaidō
Nicholas Henck
Posted: 30 August 2015
1. Heisei Mergers: Ten Years On
Anthony S. Rausch
Posted: 30 August 2015

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Discussion Papers in 2014

10. Technology, Psychology, Identity: Ghost in the Shell and .hack//Sign
Natasha Miner
Posted: 23 December 2014
9. A Mirror of Society: Japanese Crime Fiction
Wendy Nakanishi
Posted: 23 December 2014
8. The Artificial Restoration of Agency through Sex and Technology in Neon Genesis Evangelion
Katherine Savoy
Posted: 23 December 2014
7. Railroad to the Past and Future: Japanse Identity in Galaxy Express 999
Sarina Welch
Posted: 23 December 2014
6. Irregular Migration and the Democratisation Process: A Postregular Challenge to the Nation State
Joselito Jimenez
Posted: 29 July 2014
5. Laputa: Castle in the Sky in the Cold War: As a Symbol of Nuclear Technology of the Lost Civilisation
Daisuke Akimoto
Posted: 29 July 2014
4. Howl’s Moving Castle in the War on Terror: A Transformative Analysis of the Iraq War and Japan’s Response
Daisuke Akimoto
Posted: 29 July 2014
3. Japan’s Employment Recruitment System and its Impact on Academic Standards
Chris Burrows
Posted: 29 July 2014
2. Japanese Media Ideologies Behind The National Football Teams: Representing Japan and Portraying Archetypes of Men and Women?
Yunuen Mandujano
Posted: 31 March 2014
1. Busy Being Busy
Chris Burrows
Posted: 31 March 2014

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Discussion Papers in 2013

5. The Novels of Natsuo Kirino: Representations of the Politics of Sexual Violence in Japan
Wendy Nakanishi
Posted: 15 December 2013
4. Teaching History and/of/or Japanese Popular Culture
William M. Tsutsui
Posted: 6 September 2013
3. The Uses of Popular Culture for Sex and Violence
Sabine Frühstück
Posted: 6 September 2013
2. Teaching Japanese Popular Culture in the MOOC World: Possibilities and Challenges
Chris McMorran
Posted: 6 September 2013
1. Introduction to the Special Collection
Deborah Shamoon
Posted: 6 September 2013

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Discussion Papers in 2012

3. Internationalisation and Intercultural Interaction at a Japanese University — a Continuing Inquiry
Morita, Liang
Posted: 26 October 2012
2. Language, Discrimination and Internationalisation of a Japanese University
Morita, Liang
Posted: 21 May 2012
1. Framing a Catastrophe: Portrayal of the 3.11 Disaster by a Local Japanese Newspaper
Rausch, Anthony
Posted: 21 May 2012

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Discussion Papers in 2011

5. Hope and Peril in Equal Measure: Negotiating Traumatic War Memories within the Construction of Oral Histories
Hadley, Gregory
Posted: 30 September 2011

4. Smoke in the Air, Poison in the Soil: Yoshida Misawo and Industrial Waste in Iga City, Japan
Chakraborty, Abhik
Posted: 31 May 2011

3. Japanese Middle-aged Women and the Hanryu Phenomenon
Takeda, Atsushi
Posted: 31 May 2011

2. Inroads or Crossroads? The Soka Gakkai's Pacifist Endeavours in Japanese Foreign Policy
Benedict, Timothy
Posted: 31 January 2011

1. Dealing with Complexity in Japanese Defense Politics: The Next Generation of Good Subject-Matter Questions
Clausen, Daniel
Posted: 31 January 2011

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Discussion Papers in 2010

5. The Sociolinguistic Context of English Language Education in Japan and Singapore
Morita, Liang
Posted: 30 September 2010

4. Comparing Morio Kita's The House of Nire with Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks: A Case of 'The Vanity of Human Wishes'
Nakanishi, Wendy Jones
Posted: 30 September 2010

3. Towards a Mutual Anthropology of Identity in Japan and the West
Flavia Cangia
Posted: 12 July 2010

2. Post Heisei Merger Japan: A New Realignment in the Dōshū System
Rausch, Anthony
Posted: 20 April 2010

1. Scandals and Their Mediations: Theorizing the Case of Japan
Prusa, Igor
Posted: 10 March 2010

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Discussion Papers in 2009

3. Japan and Human Security: A Powerful Discourse or a Useful Coping Mechanism?
Clausen, Daniel
Posted: 31 October 2009

2. Structural Ambiguity of the Liberal Democratic Party: The Dissolution of the Diet in 2005 and the Reinstatement Problem
Ito, Takuya
Posted: 15 October 2009

1. Working on the Margins: Japan's Precariat and Working Poor
Obinger, Julia
Posted: 25 February 2009

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Discussion Papers in 2008

8. The Anxiety of Influence: Ambivalent Relations Between Japan's 'Mingei' and Britain's 'Arts and Crafts' Movements
Wendy Jones Nakanishi
Posted: 28 October 2008

7. Suicide and the Japanese Media: On the Hunt for Blame
Matthews, Joel
Posted: 20 July 2008

6. Arukihenro: Reflections on Fieldwork by a Visual Anthropologist
Mendel, Tommi
Posted: 20 July 2008

5. Approaching the Language of Zen: Clarke, Heidegger, and the Meaning of Articulation in Zen Koans
Sevilla, Anton
Posted: 28 April 2008

4. Japan's History Textbook Controversy: Social Movements and Governments in East Asia, 1982-2006
Shibuichi, Daiki
Posted: 4 March 2008

3. Interned Minds: Issues of Historical Interpretation in Michelle Malkin's In Defense of Internment
Lege, R. Paul
Posted: 15 February 2008

2. Creative Clustering in Urban Japan: The Case of Fukuoka
LIM, Tai Wei
Posted: 15 February 2008

1. Anand Mohan Sahay (1898-1991): Indian Revolutionary in Japan
Goodman, Grant K.
Posted: 26 January 2008

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Discussion Papers in 2007

6. The 'Uyoku Rōnin Dō': Assessing the Lifestyles and Values of Japan's Contemporary Right Wing Radical Activists
Shibuichi, Daiki
Posted: 28 November 2007

5. Bringing Home the Japanese Abductees from North Korea
Ito, Takuya
Posted: 28 November 2007

4. Queering Mishima's Suicide as a Crisis of Language
Chozick, Matthew
Posted: 15 October 2007

3. Is Japanese Politics 'Un-Westminster'? Examining the Role of the PARC
Yoshioka, Masatsugu
Posted: 14 June 2007

2. Abe Kobo's Woman in the Dunes as a Metaphor for Human Relations Within Japanese Companies
Ito, Takuya
Posted: 23 April 2007

1. 'Loss' and 'Recovery' of Voice amongst Korean International Marriage Migrants: Discourses of Korean-ness in Contemporary Japan
Burgess, Chris
Posted: 2 February 2007

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Discussion Papers in 2006

6. The Fascist Next Door? Nishitani Keiji and the Chūōkōron Discussions in Perspective
Tu, Xiaofei
Posted: 27 July 2006

5. Unable or Unwilling to Leave the Nest? An Analysis and Evaluation of Japanese Parasite Single Theories
Tran, Mariko
Posted: 3 July 2006

4. Nihilism or Nonsense? The Postmodern Fiction of Martin Amis and Haruki Murakami
Nakanishi, Wendy Jones
Posted: 8 May 2006

3. Inside the Well of Loneliness: Towards a Definition of the Japanese Horror Film
Balmain, Colette
Posted: 2 May 2006

2. The Light and Shadow of Corporate Reconstruction: Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation
Ito, Takuya
Posted: 15 April 2006

1. Politically Correct Racism and the Geisha Novel: The Psychology of Sophisticated Racism Mirrors that of Ethnic Jokes
Tanaka, Tomoyuki
Posted: 10 January 2006

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Discussion Papers in 2005

7. Japanese Higher Education Institutions in the 21st Century: The Challenge of Globalization and Internationalization
Aoki, Kumiko
Posted: 4 November 2005

6. The Dying Game: Suicide in Modern Japanese Literature
Nakanishi, Wendy Jones
Posted: 31 October 2005

5. Cooperativeness and Buraku Discrimination
Ito, Takuya
Posted: 31 October 2005

4. The Problem of Identity in Contemporary Japanese Horror Films
Iles, Timothy
Posted: 6 October 2005

3. Female Voices, Male Words: Problems of Communication, Identity and Gendered Social Construction in Contemporary Japanese Cinema
Iles, Timothy
Posted: 31 January 2005

2. Structural Construction of Japanese Politics as an Alternative to Structural Reform
Ito, Takuya
Posted: 31 January 2005

1. Municipal Mergers in Rural Japan: Easy on the Powerful, Severe on the Weak
Rausch, Anthony
Posted: 31 January 2005

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Discussion Papers in 2004

6. Postscript: Religion and the Secular in Japan: Problems in History, Social Anthropology and the Study of Religion
Fitzgerald, T.
Posted: 22 November 2004

5. The Dilemma Posed by Japan's Population Decline
Chapple, Julian
Posted: 18 October 2004

4. A Worst Possible Beginning to University Reform: The Pressing Need to Expand the Academic Horizons of Researchers Who Embrace Peer Review
Dando, Yasuharu
Posted: 13 May 2004

3. Dichotomies, Contested Terms and Contemporary Issues in the Study of Religion
Reader, Ian
Posted: 10 May 2004

2. The Religion-Secular Dichotomy: A Response to Responses
Fitzgerald, T.
Posted: 6 April 2004

1. Ideology, Academic Inventions and Mystical Anthropology: Responding to Fitzgerald's Errors and Misguided Polemics
Reader, Ian
Posted: 3 March 2004

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Discussion Papers in 2003

7. Bureaucrats, Politicians, and Policy Change in Japan
Kamikubo, Masato
Posted: 4 November 2003

6. Japanese Women's Magazines: Inspiration and Commodity
Assmann, Stephanie
Posted: 20 October 2003

5. The Reluctant Japanese Litigant: A 'New' Assessment
Yoshida, Masayuki
Posted: 13 October 2003

4. Exceptionalism in Political Science: Japanese Politics, US Politics, and Supposed International Norms
Matsuda, Noritada
Posted: 13 August 2003

3. 'Religion' and 'the Secular' in Japan: Problems in History, Social Anthropology, and Religion
Fitzgerald, T.
Posted: 10 July 2003

2. Consequences - A Change in Security Posture: Japan and North Korea
Margerison, Jill Arase
Posted: 9 May 2003

1. Solving Anti-Burakujūmin Prejudice in the 21st Century: Suggestions from 21 Buraku Residents
McLauchlan, Alastair
Posted:31 January 2003

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Discussion Papers in 2002

1. Defining Japan's Role in the Post-Taliban World Order: Tokyo's Path to Great Power Status
Hamai, Kazufumi and Mauch, Peter
Posted: 21 March 2002

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Discussion Papers in 2001

4. No More Games in Japan's Referee-Free Capitalism
Kaneko, Masaru
Posted: 29 August 2001

3. Biting the Bullet: What We Can Learn from the Shinkansen
Hood, Christopher P.
Posted: 23 May 2001

2. Media and Communication in Japan: Current Issues and Future Research
Gatzen, Barbara
Posted: 17 April 2001

1. Media Intimidation in Japan: A Close Encounter with Hard Japanese Nationalism
McNeill, David
Posted: 27 March 2001

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