Journal of Japanese Studies

The Journal of Japanese Studies
Volume 32, Number 1, Winter 2006

CONTENTS

Articles

    Bodiford, William M., 1955-
  • Remembering Dogen: Eiheiji and Dogen Hagiography
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dogen, 1200-1253.
    • Eiheiji.
    • Zen Buddhism -- Japan -- History.
    Abstract:
      Dōgen (1200–1253) occupies a prominent place in the history of Japanese religions as the founder of the Sōtō school of Zen Buddhism. This essay examines the religious rituals and historical vicissitudes that helped elevate Dōgen to his present position of prominence. It uses the example of Dōgen to illustrate how new historical identities are constructed in response to social imperatives and institutional struggles. It argues that we cannot fully understand Japanese religions in general and Sōtō Zen in particular unless we become more sensitive to the ways that these historical, social, and institutional factors shape our received images of the past.
    Kornicki, Peter F. (Peter Francis)
  • Manuscript, not Print: Scribal Culture in the Edo Period
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    Subject Headings:
    • Manuscripts -- Japan -- History -- Tokugawa period, 1600-1868.
    • Japan -- Intellectual life -- 1600-1868.
    Abstract:
      In the early seventeenth century, printing underwent a rapid transformation in Japan in the hands of commercial publishers. However, print did not spell the end of scribal traditions and manuscripts continued to be produced in quantity, in order to preserve knowledge, to circulate news or local history, and to disseminate forms of writing that could not be printed for reasons of censorship. Among these were fictional works, known as jitsuroku, which were based on political scandals and vendettas. Using Keian taiheiki as an example, this article demonstrates that such manuscripts circulated widely even among rural cultivators.
    Dunscomb, Paul E.
  • "A Great Disobedience Against the People": Popular Press Criticism of Japan's Siberian Intervention, 1918-22
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    Subject Headings:
    • Japan -- Armed Forces -- Russia (Federation) -- Siberia -- Press coverage -- Japan.
    • Soviet Union -- History -- Allied intervention, 1918-1920 -- Press coverage -- Japan.
    • Press -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
    Abstract:
      Reports and commentary by Japanese mass-circulation newspapers on the Siberian Intervention reflect deep ambivalence about the enterprise. Some criticism of government policy reflected traditional concerns; but a new strain of criticism, unique in the prewar period, claimed that Japan was out of step with the spirit of international cooperation among the leading democratic powers that emerged victorious at the end of World War I. While initially demanding a "responsible" party government to end the intervention, as the unprofitable stalemate continued, the papers came to lambaste both ineffective party cabinets and the military for ignoring public opinion.
    Kono, Kimberly Tae.
  • Writing Colonial Lineage in Sakaguchi Reiko's "Tokeiso"
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    Subject Headings:
    • Sakaguchi, Reiko, 1914- Tokeiso.
    • Racially mixed people in literature.
    • Identity (Psychology) in literature.
    Abstract:
      This essay examines Sakaguchi Reiko's novella "Tokeisō" (Passionflower, 1943) in which the generational divide between a Japanese father and his Japanese-Aborigine son reflects an ideological division between diverse colonial subjects and different forms of Japanese colonialism. I show how Sakaguchi articulates seemingly "new" colonial lineages—political and literary—through the reformulation of the popular tropes utilized in colonial discourse, including nature, culture, family, and marriage. While these "new" lineages differ from their predecessors in form, they ultimately maintain colonial union and consequently provoke questions about the possibility of articulating resistance in the colonial context.
    Morris-Suzuki, Tessa.
  • Invisible Immigrants: Undocumented Migration and Border Controls in Postwar Japan
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    Subject Headings:
    • Japan -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century.
    • Korea -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 20th century.
    • Japan -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy -- History -- 20th century.
    Abstract:
      The economic "bubble" of the 1980s is widely assumed to mark the start of large-scale immigration to postwar Japan. This article questions that assumption by examining the neglected topic of immigration to Japan in the decades immediately following the Pacific War. Though the scale of immigration to Japan in these decades is difficult to assess, there is good reason to believe that tens of thousands of "illegal" migrants (so-called mikko¯sha) entered Japan, mainly from Korea, between 1946 and the 1970s. The article explores the experiences of these migrants and suggests that official responses to their presence had a lasting impact on Japan's migration and border control policies.

Reviews

    Anderer, Paul.
  • Text and the City: Essays on Japanese Modernity (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Maeda, Ai, 1932- Text and the city: essays on Japanese modernity.
    • Fujii, James A., ed.
    • Japanese literature -- 1868- -- History and criticism.
    Clark, John.
  • La modernité à l'horizon: La culture populaire dans le Japon des années vingt (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Tschudin, Jean Jacques, ed. Modernité à l'horizon: la culture populaire dans le Japon des années vingt.
    • Hamon, Claude, ed.
    • Popular culture -- Japan -- Congresses.
    Allison, Anne, 1950-
  • Godzilla On My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Tsutsui, William. Godzilla on my mind: fifty years of the king of monsters.
    • Godzilla films -- History and criticism.
    Thomas, Julia Adeney, 1958-
  • Shomei Tomatsu: Skin of the Nation (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rubinfien, Leo. Shomei Tomatsu: skin of the nation.
    • Tomatsu, Shomei, 1930-
    • Phillips, Sandra S., 1945-
    • Dower, John W.
    • Photography, Artistic -- Exhibitions.
    Weston, Victoria Louise.
  • Longfellow's Tattoos: Tourism, Collecting, and Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Guth, Christine. Longfellow's tattoos: tourism, collecting, and Japan.
    • Japan -- Social life and customs -- 1868-1912.
    Slaymaker, Douglas.
  • Japan and Paris: Impressionism, Postimpressionism, and the Modern Era (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Guth, Christine. Japan and Paris: Impressionism, Postimpressionism, and the modern era.
    • Yamanashi, Emiko.
    • Volk, Alicia.
    • Painting, Japanese -- Meiji period, 1868-1912 -- Exhibitions.
    Havens, Thomas R. H.
  • Abe Kobo, Literary Strategist: The Evolution of His Agenda and Rhetoric in the Context of Postwar Japanese Avant-garde and Communist Artists' Movements (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Schnellbächer, Thomas. Abe Kobo, literary strategist: the evolution of his agenda and rhetoric in the context of postwar Japanese avant-garde and communist artists' movements.
    • Abe, Kobo, 1924- -- Criticism and interpretation.
    Washburn, Dennis C. (Dennis Charles), 1954-
  • Rhetoric in Modern Japan: Western Influences on the Development of Narrative and Oratorical Style (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Tomasi, Massimiliano, 1965- Rhetoric in modern Japan: Western influences on the development of narrative and oratorical style.
    • Japanese language -- Rhetoric.
    Takeuchi, Melinda.
  • Image, Text and Audience: The Taishokan Narrative in Visual Representations of the Early Modern Period in Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Trede, Melanie. Image, text and audience: the Taishokan narrative in visual representations of the early modern period in Japan.
    • Taishokan.
    Chance, Linda H.
  • At the House of Gathered Leaves: Shorter Biographical and Autobiographical Narratives from Japanese Court Literature (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mostow, Joshua S., 1957-, ed. At the house of gathered leaves: shorter biographical and autobiographical narratives from Japanese court literature.
    • Japanese diaries -- Heian period, 794-1185.
    Waters, Neil L., 1945-
  • Burning and Building: Schooling and State Formation in Japan, 1750-1890 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Platt, Brian, 1970- Burning and building: schooling and state formation in Japan, 1750-1890.
    • Education and state -- Japan -- History.
    Imamura, Anne E., 1946-
  • Divorce in Japan: Family, Gender, and the State 1600-2000 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Fuess, Harald. Divorce in Japan: family, gender, and the state 1600-2000.
    • Divorce -- Japan -- History.
    Yamashita, Samuel Hideo, 1946-
  • Before the Nation: Kokugaku and the Imagining of Community in Early Modern Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Burns, Susan L., 1958- Before the nation: Kokugaku and the imagining of community in early modern Japan.
    • Kokugaku.
    Smith, Kerry Douglas.
  • Community and State in the Japanese Farm Village: Farm Tenancy Conciliation (1924-1938) (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Vanoverbeke, Dimitri. Community and state in the Japanese farm village: farm tenancy conciliation (1924-1938)
    • Farm tenancy -- Economic aspects -- Japan -- History.
    Milly, Deborah J., 1952-
  • Gender and Human Rights Politics in Japan: Global Norms and Domestic Networks (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Chan-Tiberghien, Jennifer. Gender and human rights politics in Japan: global norms and domestic networks.
    • Women's rights -- Japan.
    Schreurs, Miranda A. (Miranda Alice), 1963-
  • The Environmental Challenges for Japan and Germany: Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Széll, György, ed. Environmental challenges for Japan and Germany: intercultural and interdisciplinary perspectives.
    • Tominaga, Kenichi, 1931-, ed.
    • Environmental management -- Japan.
    Haley, John Owen.
  • Economic Organizations and Corporate Governance in Japan: The Impact of Formal and Informal Rules (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Milhaupt, Curtis J., 1962- Economic organizations and corporate governance in Japan: the impact of formal and informal rules.
    • West, Mark D.
    • Corporation law -- Japan.
    Lincoln, Edward J.
  • Japan's Network Economy: Structure, Persistence, and Change (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Lincoln, James R. Japan's network economy: structure, persistence, and change.
    • Gerlach, Michael L.
    • Business networks -- Japan.
    Krauss, Ellis S.
  • The Hatoyama Dynasty: Japanese Political Leadership through the Generations (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Itoh, Mayumi, 1954- Hatoyama dynasty: Japanese political leadership through the generations.
    • Japan -- Politics and government -- 1868-
    Yasutomo, Dennis T.
  • The Return of the Amami Islands: The Reversion Movement and U.S.-Japan Relations (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Eldridge, Robert D. Return of the Amami Islands: the reversion movement and U.S.-Japan relations.
    • Amami Islands (Japan) -- History.
    Hasegawa, Tsuyoshi, 1941-
  • Japan and the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1950-1964: In the Shadow of the Monolith (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Braddick, C. W. (Christopher William), 1961- Japan and the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1950-1964: in the shadow of the monolith.
    • Cold War.
    Martinez, D. P. (Dolores P.), 1957-
  • Fanning the Flames: Fans and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Kelly, William W., ed. Fanning the flames: fans and consumer culture in contemporary Japan.
    • Popular culture -- Japan -- History -- 20th century.
    Glassman, Hank.
  • Practicing the Afterlife: Perspectives from Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Formanek, Susanne, ed. Practicing the afterlife: perspectives from Japan.
    • LaFleur, William R., ed.
    • Future life -- Buddhism.
    Ruch, Barbara.
  • Letters of the Nun Eshinni: Images of Pure Land Buddhism in Medieval Japan (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dobbins, James C., 1949- Letters of the nun Eshinni: images of Pure Land Buddhism in medieval Japan.
    • Eshin-ni, 1182?-1268? -- Correspondence.

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