On Japan

Review: Reconstructing Postwar Sino-Japanese Relations

Review: Reconstructing Postwar Sino-Japanese Relations

Sino-Japanese Relations after World War II: Abnormal Historical Process and Construction, a review of the book by Liu Jianping.

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Beyond the Whale – Japan, The West & The Whaling Issue

Beyond the Whale – Japan, The West & The Whaling Issue

The whaling issue is not that black and white; there’s more to ‘the whale’ than the whale alone. Why did the Japanese start whaling? And why didn’t they stop?

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From Gal to Lady –  Gender, Language and Japan’s Kogals

From Gal to Lady – Gender, Language and Japan’s Kogals

It has been since the middle of the 1990s that a new trend in Japanese women’s language emerged. This new type of slang was used by girls that were labeled “kogals”.

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Local Rape, Global Issue: One Rape and Marginalization in Okinawa and Beyond

Local Rape, Global Issue: One Rape and Marginalization in Okinawa and Beyond

In September 1995, a 12-year-old Okinawan schoolgirl was raped by three US servicemen, not far from the military bases on the island. The incident caused great commotion in Okinawa and Japan, and this outrage quickly raised the debate concerning the presence of US bases in Japan.

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Ambiguous Allies? The Dynamics of Japan/China Relations to Nigeria

Ambiguous Allies? The Dynamics of Japan/China Relations to Nigeria

Japan and China are both on a campaign to widen and deepen their contacts in Africa. Beijing declared 2006 as China’s ‘Year of Africa’ when the China-Africa Summit took place in Beijing. 2008 was Japan’s ‘Africa Year’ when it hosted the fifth annual Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

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Salaryman&Sodomia: Homosexuality & the Hegemony of Masculinity in Japan

Salaryman&Sodomia: Homosexuality & the Hegemony of Masculinity in Japan

What it means to be a ‘man’ varies to different people and different cultures. Being ‘male’ and being ‘masculine’ are not the same, and what we view as ‘masculine’ in a certain culture is not a set idea, but changeable over time.

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From Big Mac to Rice Burger — Globalization: McDonald’s in Japan

From Big Mac to Rice Burger — Globalization: McDonald’s in Japan

This short essay explores the impact of McDonald’s spread around the world- specifically, of its growth in Japan. Has the coming of McDonald’s restaurants brought American culture to Japan?

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