Japan and Global Society


How has Japan shaped, and been shaped by, globalization—politically, economically, socially, and culturally? How has its identity, and how have its objectives, changed? Japan and Global Society explores Japan’s past, present, and future interactions with the Asia Pacific and the world from a wide variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and through diverse paradigmatic lenses. Titles in this series are intended to showcase international scholarship on Japan and its regional neighbours that will appeal to scholars in disciplines both in the humanities and social sciences. Japan and Global Society is supported by generous grants from the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation and the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

General Editors: Editors: Akira Iriye, Harvard University; Masato Kimura, Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation; David A. Welch, Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo

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Green Japan: Environmental Technologies, Innovation Policy, and the Pursuit of Green Growth
Green Japan: Environmental Technologies, Innovation Policy, and the Pursuit of Green Growth
By Carin Holroyd

Green Japan critically examines the Japanese effort to combine economic growth with commitments to environmental sustainability.

Available Nov 2017
Ethical Capitalism: Shibusawa Eiichi and Business Leadership in Global Perspective
Ethical Capitalism: Shibusawa Eiichi and Business Leadership in Global Perspective
Edited by Patrick Fridenson and Kikkawa Takeo

Ethical Capitalism is a volume of essays that tackles the thought, work, and legacy of Shibusawa Eiichi.

Published Sep 2017
Japanese Society and the Politics of the North Korean Threat
Japanese Society and the Politics of the North Korean Threat
By Seung Hyok Lee

Japanese Society and the Politics of the North Korean Threat explains the dramatic shift in Japanese policy between the North Korean ballistic missile tests of 1998 and 2006.

Published Feb 2016
Opening a Window to the West: The Foreign Concession at Kobe, Japan, 1868-1899
Opening a Window to the West: The Foreign Concession at Kobe, Japan, 1868-1899
By Peter Ennals

The first book-length study of Kōbe’s Foreign Concession, Opening a Window to the West situates Kōbe within the larger pattern of globalization occurring throughout East Asia in the nineteenth century.

Published Dec 2013
The Logic of Conformity: Japan's Entry into International Society
The Logic of Conformity: Japan's Entry into International Society
By Tomoko T. Okagaki

A sophisticated and significant contribution to the literature on state building and the history of international relations, The Logic of Conformity is a fascinating study of how the concept of sovereignty is reshaped by the entrance of newcomers.

Published Jul 2013
Tumultuous Decade: Empire, Society, and Diplomacy in 1930s Japan
Tumultuous Decade: Empire, Society, and Diplomacy in 1930s Japan
Edited by Masato Kimura and Tosh Minohara

Featuring an interdisciplinary and international group of scholars, Tumultuous Decade examines Japanese domestic and foreign affairs between 1931 and 1941.

Published Mar 2013
The Evolution of Japan's Party System: Politics and Policy in an Era of Institutional Change
The Evolution of Japan's Party System: Politics and Policy in an Era of Institutional Change
Edited by Leonard J. Schoppa

The Evolution of Japan's Party System analyses the transition by examining both party politics and public policy. This volume discusess how older parties such as the LDP and the Japan Socialist Party failed to adapt to the new policy environment of the 1990s.

Published Nov 2011
Japan as a 'Normal Country'?: A Nation in Search of Its Place in the World
Japan as a 'Normal Country'?: A Nation in Search of Its Place in the World
Edited by Yoshihide Soeya, Masayuki Tadokoro, and David A. Welch
Japan as a 'Normal Country'? is a thematic and geographically comparative discussion of the unique limitations of Japanese foreign and defence policy.
Published Jun 2011