New Book Publications


Cultural Responses to Occupation Japan: The Performing Body During and After the Cold War  

Broinowski, Adam


Central Banks and Gold: How Tokyo, London, and New York Shaped the Modern World 

Bytheway, Simon James and Mark Metzler  


End of Empire: 100 Days in 1945 that Changed Asia and the World (eds.)

Chandler, David, Robert Cribb and Li Narangoa

Ishibumi: A memorial to the atomic annihilation of 321 students of Hiroshima Middle School 
Claremont, Yasuko and Roman Rosenbaum
Bridging Australia and Japan: The Writings of David Sissons, Historian and Political Scientist (eds.)
Stockwin, Arthur and Keiko Tamura


Japanese Singers of Tales: Ten Centuries of Performed Narrative

Alison McQueen Tokita


Alison McQueen Tokita presents a series of case studies that demonstrate the persistence of Japanese sung narratives in a multiplicity of genres over ten centuries, including the way they flourished and declined, together with factors contributing to development and change in narrative performance. Performed narratives are examples of a shared cultural heritage, which in the past have given people a sense of belonging to a community. Narratives that were continually re-told and recycled in different versions and formats over a long period of time served to build people's sense of a common identity over space (the geographical extent of 'Japan') and time (the enduring power of many specific narratives such as The Tale of the Heike). Much scholarly attention has focused on Japanese pre-modern literature and drama, but the tradition of oral narrative has barely been touched. Tokita argues that it is possible to identify a continuous tradition of performed narrative in Japan from the tenth to the twentieth centuries. The elements of variation and change relate to the move away from oral narrative to text-based performance, and from a simple narrative situation with one performer to complex theatrical narratives with dancers, singers and other musicians. The resulting complexity led to the pre-eminence of the musical aspects in some cases, and of dramatic or dance aspects in others. Tokita includes substantial musical analysis and exploration of theoretical issues, as well as documentation of important performance traditions, all of which are extant.



       Number of Pages: 310 pages

       Publication Date: 2015   

       Language: English    

       Publisher: Routledge

       ISBN: 9780754653790

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Ishibumi: A memorial to the atomic annihilation of 321

students of Hiroshima Middle School

Hiroshima Television Corporation (Ed.)

Translated by Yasuko Claremont and Roman Rosenbaum


6 August 1945

We want to let people all over the world know what happened in Hiroshima on

that day.


The story of the annihilation by the atom bomb of 321 first-year students and their four

teachers from Hiroshima Nitchū. 

For over 45 years Ishibumi has been read in Japan. Now it’s in English for the first time!




       Number of Pages: 239 pages

       Publication Date: 02-12-2016     

       Language: English    

       Publisher: Poplar Publishing Co.     

       ISBN: 978-4-591-15248-5

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      Number of Pages: 244 pages

      Format: A5

      Publication Date: 16-09-2016

      Language: Japanese

      Publisher: くろしお出版

      ISBN 978-4-87424-707-5 C0081

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The Bonin Islanders, 1830 to the Present:

Narrating Japanese Nationality (AsiaWorld) 

David Chapman

This book is a collection of interwoven historical narratives that present an intriguing and little known account of the Ogasawara (Bonin) archipelago and its inhabitants. The narratives begin in the seventeenth century and weave their way through various events connected to the ambitions, hopes and machinations of individuals, communities, and nations. At the center of these narratives are the Bonin Islanders, originally an eclectic mix of Pacific Islanders, Americans, British, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and African settlers that first landed on the islands in 1830. The islands were British sovereign territory from 1827 to 1876, when the Japanese asserted possession of the islands based on a seventeenth century expedition and a myth of a samurai discoverer. As part of gaining sovereign control, the Japanese government made all island inhabitants register as Japanese subjects of the national family register. The islanders were not literate in Japanese and had little experience of Japanese culture and limited knowledge of Japanese society, but by 1881 all were forced or coerced into becoming Japanese subjects. By the 1940s the islands were embroiled in the Pacific War. All inhabitants were evacuated to the Japanese mainland until 1946 when only the descendants of the original settlers were allowed to return. In the postwar period the islands fell under U.S. Navy administration until they were reverted to full Japanese sovereignty in 1968. Many descendants of these original settlers still live on the islands with family names such as Washington, Gonzales, Gilley, Savory, and Webb. This book explores the social and cultural history of these islands and its inhabitants and provides a critical approach to understanding the many complex narratives that make up the Bonin story. 


     Number Oo Pages: 246 pages

     Series: AsiaWorld

     Format: Hardcover

     Publication Date: 23-02-2016

     Language: English

     Publisher: Lexington Books


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The Social Sciences in the Asian Century

Carol Johnson, Vera Mackie and Tessa Morris-Suzuki (eds)  

In this collection of essays, we reflect on what it means to practise the social sciences in the twenty-first century. The book brings together leading social scientists from the Asia-Pacific region. We argue for the benefit of dialogue between the diverse theories and methods of social sciences in the region, the role of the social sciences in addressing real-world problems, the need to transcend national boundaries in addressing regional problems, and the challenges for an increasingly globalised higher education sector in the twenty-first century. The chapters are a combination of theoretical reflections and locally focused case studies of processes that are embedded in global dynamics and the changing geopolitics of knowledge. In an increasingly connected world, these reflections will be of global relevance.     


     Number of Pages: 213 pages    

     Series: ASAA Women in Asia Series            

     Format: Paperback & e-book        

     Publication Date: 30-09-2015          

     Language: English       

     Publisher: ANU Press       

     ISBN-9781925022582 (paperback)    

     ISBN-9781925022599 (e-book)     

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Nonformal Education and Civil Society in Japan

Kaori H. Okano   

Nonformal Education and Civil Society in Japan critically examines an aspect of education that has received little attention to date: intentional teaching and learning activities that occur outside formal schooling.  

In the last two decades nonformal education has rapidly increased in extent and significance. This is because individual needs for education have become so diverse and rapidly changing that formal education alone is unable to satisfy them. Increasingly diverse demands on education resulted from a combination of transnational migration, heightened human rights awareness, the aging population, and competition in the globalised labour market. Some in the private sector saw this situation as a business opportunity. Others in the civil society volunteered to assist the vulnerable. The rise in nonformal education has also been facilitated by national policy developments since the 1990s.


     Number of Pages: 202 pages

     Series: Routledge Critical Studies in Asian Education

     Format: Hardcover

     Publication Date: 15-09-2015

     Language: English

     Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group


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Women and Politics in Contemporary Japan

Emma Dalton 

This book looks at the gendering of the political system in Japan and the effects of that system on gender equality in national-level politics specifically and wider society more generally. It examines the approach taken by the long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to issues of gender equality in Japan, and the repercussions of that approach on women’s political experiences and representation. This book covers a range of themes including the role of the LDP and other major political parties in constructing the modern Japanese political system, the under-representation of women in Japanese politics, women’s experiences in party politics and the gendering of government policies. Using in-depth interviews with women members of the national Diet, the book sheds light on how political women negotiate the male-dominated world of Japanese politics.



     Number of Pages: 158 pages

     Series: ASAA Women in Asia Series

     Format: Hardcover

     Publication Date: 19-02-2015

     Language: English

     Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group


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Japanese Fashion Cultures:

Dress and Gender in Contemporary Japan

Masafumi Monden

From Rococo to Edwardian fashions, Japanese street style has reinvented many western dress styles, reinterpreting and altering their meanings and messages in a different cultural and historical context. This wide ranging and original study reveals the complex exchange of styles and what they represent in Japan and beyond, contesting common perceptions of gender in Japanese dress and the notion that non-western fashions simply imitate western styles.

Through case studies focussing on fashion image consumption in style tribes such as Kamikaze Girls, Lolita, Edwardian, Ivy Style, Victorian, Romantic and Kawaii, this ground-breaking book investigates the complexities of dress and gender and demonstrates the flexible nature of contemporary fashion and style exchange in a global context. Japanese Fashion Cultures will appeal to students and scholars of fashion, cultural studies, gender studies, media studies and related fields.



     Number of Pages: 216 pages         

     Series: Dress. Body, Culture        

     Format: Hardback   

     Publication Date: 2015-01-15         

     Language: English         

     Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing   


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