W. Andrew Achenbaum is a professor of history and social work at the University of Houston. He is the author of Older Americans, Vital Communities: Toward a Bold Vision of Societal Aging (Johns Hopkins, 2005).
Ellen P. Conant is editor of Challenging Past and Present: The Metamorphosis of Nineteenth-Century Japanese Art (Hawai'i, 2006) and is currently working on a book-length manuscript with a working title of "Perception and Reality: Ernest F. Fenollosa and Japan."
H. Byron Earhart is a professor emeritus in the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University. The fourth edition of his Japanese Religion: Unity and Diversity appeared in 2004 (Wadsworth), and he is now completing a book on the symbolism and imagery of Mount Fuji, entitled "Fuji: Icon of Japan."
Steven J. Ericson is an associate professor in the Department of History and chair of the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program at Dartmouth College. He has recently published "Taming the Iron Horse: Western Locomotive Makers and Technology Transfer in Japan, 1870–1914," in Bernstein et al., eds., Public Spheres, Private Lives in Modern Japan 1600–1950 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2005). His current research is on the Russo-Japanese War and the Portsmouth Peace Settlement and on the Ma-tsukata financial reform.
Joshua A. Fogel is the Canada Research Chair in Modern Chinese History at York University. He is editor of The Teleology of the Modern Nation-State (Pennsylvania, 2004) and translator of Yamamura Shin'ichi, Manchuria under Japanese Dominion (Pennsylvania, 2005). His latest research is on the Japanese community of Shanghai, 1860–1900.
Nanette Gottlieb is a professor at the University of Queensland. She is author of Linguistic Stereotyping and Minorities in Japan (RoutledgeCurzon, 2005) and Language and Society in Japan (Cambridge, 2005). Her research is on online hate speech in Japan and on current challenges for language policy in Japan.
Fiona Graham is the author of The Japanese Company in Crisis (RoutledgeCurzon, 2004) and Inside the Japanese Company (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003). She is currently working on anthropological documentaries on Japan's nightlife, popular culture, and Japanese business psychology. [End Page v]
Marilyn Ivy is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. She has recently published "In/comparable Horrors: Total War and the Japanese Thing," Boundary 2 (2005), and "Modernity," in Lopez, Jr., ed., Critical Terms for the Study of Buddhism (Chicago, 2005). Her latest research is on aesthetics and technology in contemporary Japan.
David T. Johnson is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Hawai'i. He is author of "The Vanishing Killer: Japan's Postwar Homicide Decline," Social Science Japan Journal (2006), and "On the Comparative Study of Corruption," British Journal of Criminology (2005). His current research is on capital punishment.
Shion Kono is a lecturer at Sophia University and a visiting researcher at the Museum of Modern Japanese Literature. His dissertation at Princeton University was titled "Literary Reactions to the 'Cult of Facts' in Mori Ōgai and Virginia Woolf" (2003), and he is currently working on a project on Mori Ōgai's historical literature and the reframing of "tradition" in modern Japan.
J. Victor Koschmann is a professor of history at Cornell University. His article on "Modernization and Democratic Values: The 'Japanese Model' in the 1960s" appeared in Engerman et al., eds., Staging Growth: Modernization, Development and the Global Cold War (Massachusetts, 2003). His research is now focused on technology, ethics, and mobilization during the 15-year war.
Susanne Kreitz-Sandberg manages a small company called TREE East (TREE stands for Training Research Education Experience). She is editor of Jugendliche in Japan und Deutschland: Soziale integration im vergleich (Leske1Budrich, 2002), and her current research is on social policy and youth in Germany, Japan, and Sweden.
Catherine C. Lewis is a Distinguished Research Scholar in the School of Education at Mills College. Author of Educating Hearts and Minds: Reflections on Japanese Preschool and Elementary Education (Cambridge, 1995), she has most recently published "A Deeper Look at Lesson Study," Educational Leadership (2004).
Lawrence E. Marceau is a...