- Notes on Contributors
Thomas U. Berger is an associate professor in the School of International Relations at Boston University. He is coeditor of Japan in International Politics: Beyond the Reactive State (Lynne Rienner, 2007). His current research is on the recent debate over the political definition of historical memory, immigration policy, and defense and national security.
Daniel Botsman is an associate professor in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Author of Punishment and Power in the Making of Modern Japan (Princeton, 2005), he is currently doing research on freedom and emancipation in nineteenth-century Japan.
W. Puck Brecher is an assistant professor at Washington State University. He is author of "To Romp in Heaven: A Translation of the Hōsa kyōshaden," Early Modern Japan: An Interdisciplinary Journal (2005), and "Japan and Sustainability: A Disposition for Duration?" in Appleton, ed., Attitudes and Values in Sustainable Development Research (Elgar, 2009). His current research is on changing notions of eccentricity among literati in early modern Japan.
Thomas W. Burkman is a research professor in the Asian Studies Program at the University at Buffalo, the State University of New York. Most recently, he is author of Japan and the League of Nations: Empire and World Order, 1914–1938 (Hawai'i, 2008), and his latest research is on war memory and reconciliation in East Asia.
Reinhard Drifte is a professor emeritus at Newcastle University and the London School of Economics. His most recent publications include the Asia Research Centre Working Paper titled "Japanese-Chinese Territorial Disputes in the East China Sea: Between Military Confrontation and Economic Cooperation" (London School of Economics, 2008). He is now doing research on Chinese enterprises in Japan.
Prasenjit Duara is the director of Research, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the National University of Singapore. His most recent publications include "The Global and Regional Constitution of Nations: The View from East Asia," Nations and Nationalism (2008), and he is doing research on Hong Kong in the cold war and on religion in Asia: transcendence in a secular world. [End Page v]
Robert D. Eldridge is an associate professor in the School of International Public Policy at Osaka University. He is coeditor of Japanese Public Opinion and the War on Terrorism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), and his research is on U.S.-Japan alliance management, history of the Ground Self Defense Forces, and postwar Okinawa history.
Aaron P. Forsberg is a foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State; he is assigned to the U.S. mission in Japan for 2008–12. He is author of America and the Japanese Miracle: The Cold War Context of Japan's Postwar Economic Revival, 1950–1960 (North Carolina, 2000) and is doing research on postwar Japan and on economic relations in East Asia.
Timothy S. George is an associate professor of history at the University of Rhode Island. His recent publications include "Tanaka Shōzō's Vision of an Alternative Constitutional Modernity for Japan," in Bernstein, Gordon, and Nakai, eds., Public Spheres, Private Lives in Modern Japan, 1600–1850 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2005). His latest research is on Toroku arsenic poisoning, Japan's fourth official pollution disease.
Irmela Hijiya-Kirschnereit is a professor of Japanology (Literature and Cultural Studies) at Freie Universität Berlin. Her recent publications include book chapters on the notion of (im)purity in modern Japanese discourse, on the function of food as national discourse, and on Kazuo Ishiguro's (cultural) translations of Japan in his early novels. She is coauthor of a bibliography of reviews of Japanese literature in the German-language press, Japanische Literatur im Spiegel deutscher Rezensionen (Iudicium, 2006), and author of Ausgekochtes Wunderland. Japanische Literatur lesen (Edition Text und Kritik, 2008).
Christopher W. Hughes is a professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. Author of Japan's Reemergence as a "Normal" Military Power (Oxford, 2004), he is currently doing research on Japanese foreign and security policy.
Nam-lin Hur is a professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is author of Death and Social Order in Tokugawa Japan: Buddhism, Anti-Christianity, and the Danka System...