Japanese Studies – sources

Key Books on Japanese Society and Culture (mostly since 2000)

updated on August 4, 2014

General

Kawano Satsuki, Glenda S. Roberts, and Susan O. Long, eds. 2014. Capturing Contemporary Japan: Differentiation and Uncertainty. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press

Gerteis, Christopher, and Timothy S. George, eds. 2013. Japan since 1945: From Postwar to Post-Bubble. New York: Bloomsbury Academic.

Bestor, Victoria Lyon, and Theodore C. Bestor, eds. 2011. The Routledge Handbook on Japanese Culture and Society. London; New York: Routledge.

Kingston, Jeff. 2010. Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change since the 1980s. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Nelson, Patricia A., and Marie Söderberg, eds. 2010. Japan’s Politics and Economy: Perspectives on Change. London; New York: Routledge.

Sugimoto, Yoshio, ed. 2009. The Cambridge Companion to Modern Japanese Culture.

Hendry, Joy, and Heung Wah Wong eds.  2006.  Dismantling the East-West Dichotomy: Views from Japanese Anthropology. London; New York: Routledge.

Yoda, Tomiko, and Harry Harootunian, eds. 2006. Japan After Japan: Social and Cultural Life from the Recessionary 1990s to the Present. Durham: Duke University Press.

Thompson, Christopher S. and John W. Traphagan, eds.  2006.  Wearing Cultural Styles in Japan: Concept of Tradition and Modernity in Practice. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Katzenstein, Peter J. and Takashi Shiraishi, eds.  2006. Beyond Japan: The Dynamics of East Asian Regionalism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Robertson, Jennifer, ed. 2005. A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan. Oxford: Blackwell.

Yamashita, Shinji, and J, Bosco, J.S. Eades. 2004. The Making of Anthropology in East and Southeast Asia. New York: Berghahn.

Ryang, Sonia. 2004. Japan and National Anthropology: A Critique. London; New York: Routledge.

Sugimoto, Yoshio. 2003. An Introduction to Japanese Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hendry, Joy. 2003. Understanding Japanese Society. London; New York: RoutledgeCurzon.

Graham, Jeff, Javed Maswood, and Hideaki Miyajima. 2002.  Japan – Change and Continuity.  London; New York: RoutledgeCurzon.

Oguma, Eiji. 2002. A Genealogy of ‘Japanese’ Self Images. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

Denoon, Donald, Mark Hudson, Gavan McCormack, and Tessa Morris-Suzuki, eds. 2002. Multicultural Japan: Palaeolithic to Postmodern. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Befu, Harumi. 2001. Hegemony of Homogeneity: An Anthropological Analysis of Nihonjinron. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

Eades, J.S., Tom Gill, and Harumi Befu, eds. 2000. Globalization and Social Change in Contemporary Japan.  Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

 

Fieldwork in Japan

Robertson, Jennifer E., ed. 2009. Politics and Pitfalls of Japan Ethnography: Reflexivity, Responsibility, and Anthropological Ethics. London: Routledge.

Bestor, Theodore C., Patricia G. Steinhoff, and Victoria Lyon Bestor, eds. 2003. Doing Fieldwork in Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

 

Family and Gender

Goldstein-Gidoni, Ofra. 2012. Housewives of Japan: An Ethnography of Real Lives and Consumerized Domesticity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Allison, Alexy, and Richard Ronald, eds. 2011. Home and Family in Japan: Continuity and Transformation. London: Routledge.

Mikanagi, Yumiko. 2011. Masculinity and Japan’s Foreign Relations. Boulder: Lynne Rienner.

LeBlanc, Robin. 2009. The Art of the Gut: Manhood, Power, and Ethics in Japanese Politics. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Okano, Kaori. 2009. Young Women in Japan: Transitions to Adulthood. London; New York: Routledge.

Aoyama, Tomoko, and Barbara Hartley, eds. 2009. Girl Reading Girl in Japan. London: Routledge.

Hertog, Ekaterina. 2009. Tough Choices: Bearing an Illegitimate Child in Japan. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Hashimoto, Akiko, and John W. Traphagan, eds. 2008. Imagined Families, Lived Families  Culture and Kinship in Contemporary Japan. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Kumagai, Fumie. 2008. Families in Japan: Changes, Continuities and Regional Variations. Lanham: University Press of America.

Itoh, Masako. 2007. I’m Married to Your Company! Everyday Voices of Japanese Women, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.

Martin, Ruth. 2007. The Japanese Housewife Overseas: Adapting to Change of Culture and Status. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Ryang, Sonia. 2006. Love in Modern Japan: Its Estrangement from Self, Sex and Society. London and New York: Routledge.

Miller, Laura.  2006.  Beauty UP: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Marcus, Rebrick, and Ayumi Takenaka, eds. 2006. The Changing Japanese Family. London; New York: Routldge.

Molony, Barbara, and Kathleen Uno. 2005. Gendering Modern Japanese History. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center.

Takeda, Hiroko.  2005.  The Political Economy of Reproduction in Japan: Between Nation-State and Everyday Life.  London; New York: RoutledgeCurzon.

Miller, Laura, and Jan Bardsley, eds. 2005. Bad Girls of Japan. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Borovoy, Amy. 2005. The Too-Good Wife: Alcohol, Codependency, and the Politics of Nurturance in Postwar Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Kurotani, Sawa. 2005. Home Away from Home: Japanese Corporate Wives in the United States. Durham: Duke University Press.

Ueno, Chizuko.  2004.  Nationalism and Gender. Translated by Beverley Yamamoto.  Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

Sato, Barbara H. 2003. The New Japanese Women: Modernity, Media, and Women in Interwar Japan. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Roberson, James E., and Nobue Suzuki, eds. 2003. Men and Masculinities in Contemporary Japan: Dislocating the Salaryman Doxa. London; New York: Routledge Curzon.

Goodman, Roger, ed. 2002. Family and Social Policy in Japan: Anthropological Approaches. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

White, Merry Issacs. 2002. Perfectly Japanese: Making Families in an Era of Upheaval. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Norgren, Tiana. 2001.  Abortion before Birth Control:  The Politics of Reproduction in Postwar Japan. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

LeBlanc, Robin M. 1999. Bicycle Citizens: The Political World of the Japanese Housewife, with a foreword by Saskia Sassen. Berkeley: University of California Press.

 

Education

Okada, Akito. 2011.Education and Equal Opportunity in Japan. New York: Berghahn.

Willis, David Blake and Jeremy Rappleye.  2011. Reimagining Japanese Education: Borders, Transfers, Circulations, and the Comparative. 2011. Oxford: Symposium Books.

Poole, Gregory S. 2010. The Japanese Professor: An Ethnography of a University Faculty. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Poole, Gregory S., and Ya-chen Chen, eds. 2009. Higher Education in East Asia: Neoliberalism and the Professoriate. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Cave, Peter. 2008. Primary School in Japan: Self, Individuality and Learning in Elementary Education. London; New York: Routledge.

McVeigh, Brian. 2006. The State Bearing Gifts: Deception and Disaffection in Japanese Higher Education. Lenham, MD: Lexington Books.

Eades, J. S., Roger Goodman & Yumiko Hada, eds.  2005.  The ‘Big Bang’ in Japanese Higher Education: The 2004 Reforms and the Dynamics of Change.  Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

Davies, Bronwyn, and Hiroyuki Kasama. 2004.  Gender in Japanese Preschools: Frogs and Snails and Feminist Tales in Japan.  Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

Sato, Nancy. E. 2004. Inside Japanese Classrooms: The Heart of Education.  New York; London: Routledge Falmer.

Yoneyama, Shoko. 2001. The Japanese High School: Silence and Resistance. London; New York: Routledge.

Goodman, Roger. 2000. Children of the Japanese State: The Changing Role of Child Protection Institutions in Contemporary Japan. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McConnell, David. 2000. Importing Diversity: Inside Japan’s JET Program. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Holloway, Susan D. 2000. Contested Childhood: Diversity and Change in Japanese Preschools. London; New York: Routledge.

Okano, Kaori and Motonori Tsuchiya. 1999. Education in Contemporary Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Work

Dasgupta, Romit. 2013. Re-reading the Salaryman in Japan: Crafting masculinities. London: Routledge.

Imai, Jun. 2011. The Transformation of Japanese Employment Relations: Reform without Labor. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Meyer-Ohle, Hendrik. 2009. Japanese Workplaces in Transition: Employee Perceptions. New York: Palgrave-MacMillan.

Faison, Elyssa. 2007. Managing Women: Disciplining Labor in Modern Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Moeran, Brian. 2007. Ethnography at Work. New York: Berg.

Vogel, Steven. 2006. Japan Remodeled: How Government and Industry Are Reforming Japanese Capitalism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Haak, René, ed. 2006. The Changing Structure of Labor in Japan: Japanese Human Resource Management between Continuity and Innovation. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Matanle, Peter, and Wim Lunsing, eds.  2006.  Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Genda, Yuji. 2006. A Nagging Sense of Job Insecurity: The New Reality Facing Japanese Youth. Tokyo: International House of Japan.

Mouer, Ross, and Kawanishi Hirosuke.  2005.  A Sociology of Work in Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Marcus Rebick. 2005. The Japanese Employment System: Adapting to a New Economic Environment. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gill, Tom. 2001. Men of Uncertainty. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Ogasawara, Yuko. 1998. Office Ladies and Salaried Men: Power, Gender, and Work in Japanese Companies. Berkeley: University of California Press.

 

Minorities

Stevens, Carolyn. 2013. Disability in Japan. London: Routledge.

Rabson, Steve. 2012. The Okinawan Diaspora in Japan: Crossing the Borders Within. Honolulu: University of Hawaii

Amos, Timothy D. 2011. Embodying Difference: The Making of Burakumin in Modern Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Chung, Erin Aeran. 2010. Immigration and Citizenship in Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Neary, Ian. 2009. The Buraku Issue and Modern Japan: The Career of Matsumoto Jiichiro. London; New York: Routledge.

Ryang Sonia, and John Lie, eds. 2009. Diaspora without Homeland: Being Korean in Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Lie, John. 2008. Zainichi (Koreans in Japan): Diaspora Nationalism and Postcolonial Identity. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Bhowmik, Davinder. 2008. Writing Okinawa: Narrative Acts of Identity and Resistance. London; New York: Routledge.

Ryang, Sonia. 2008. Writing Selves in Diaspora: Ethnography of Autobiographics of Korean Women in Japan and the United States. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Chapman, David. 2007. Zainichi Korean Ethnicity and Identity, London: Routledge.

Aoki, Hideo. 2006. Japan’s Underclass: Day Labourers and the Homeless. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

Nakamura, Karen. 2006.  Deaf in Japan Signing And the Politics of Identity. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Tanji, Miyuki. 2006. Myth, Protest and Struggle in Okinawa. New York: Routledge.

Hasegawa, Miki. 2006. We Are Not Garbage! The Homeless Movement in Tokyo, 1994–2002. New York; London: Routledge.

Walker, Brett L.  2006.  The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Cultures in Japanese Expansion. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Oyama, Shiro. 2005. A Man with No Talents: Memoirs of a Tokyo Day Labor.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Gill, Tom.  2001. Men of Uncertainty. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

Fitzhugh, William, and Chisato O. Dubreuil. 2000. Ainu. Seattle: University of Washington press.

Ryang, Sonia. 2000. Koreans in Japan: Critical Voices from the Margin. New York: Routledge.

Keyso, Ruth Ann. 2000. Women of Okinawa: Nine Voices from a Garrison Island. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Multiculturalism

Haines, David W., Keiko Yamanaka, and Shinji Yamashita, eds.. 2012. Wind over Water: Migration in an East Asian Context. New York; Oxford: Berghahn.

Haines, David W., Keiko Yamanaka, and Shinji Yamashita, eds.. 2012. Wind Over Water: Migration in an East Asian Context. New York; Oxford: Berghahn.

Vogt, Gabriele, and Roberts, Glenda S. eds. 2011. Migration and Integration – Japan in Comparative Perspective. Munich: Indicium.

Liu-Farrer, Gracia. 2011. Labour Migration from China to Japan: International Students, Transnational Migrants. London: Routledge.

Chung, Erin Aeran. 2010. Immigration and Citizenship in Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ryang Sonia, and John Lie, eds. 2009. Diaspora without Homeland: Being Korean in Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Endoh, Toake. 2009. Exporting Japan: Politics of Emigration to Latin America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Graburn, Nelson, et al., eds. 2008. Multiculturalism in the New Japan: Crossing the Boundaries Within. New York: Berghahn.

Shipper, Apichai. 2008. Fighting for Foreigners: Immigration and Its Impact on Japanese Democracy. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Lesser, Jeffrey. 2007. A Discontented Diaspora: Japanese Brazilians and the Meanings of Ethnic Militancy, 1960-1980. Durham: Duke University Press.

Tsuda, Takeyuki, ed. 2006. Local Citizenship in Recent Countries of Immigration: Japan in Comparative Perspective.

Adachi, Nobuko, ed. 2006. Japanese Diasporas: Unsung Pasts, Conflict Presents and Uncertain Futures. London: Routledge.

Masterson, Daniel. 2004. The Japanese in Latin America, with Sayaka Funada-Classen. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Denoon, Donald, Mark Hudson, Gavan McCormack, and Tessa Morris-Suzuki, eds. 2002. Multicultural Japan: Palaeolithic to Postmodern. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Roth, Joshua Hotaka. 2002. Brokered Homeland: Japanese Brazilian Migrants in Japan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Lie, John. 2001.Multiethnic Japan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Sellek, Yoko. 2001. Migrant Labour in Japan.  New York: Palgrave.

Komai, Hiroshi. 2001. Foreign Migrants in Contemporary Japan. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

Douglass, Mike, and Glenda S. Roberts, eds.  2000.  Japan and Global Migration: Foreign Workers and the Advent of a Multicultural Society.  London: Routledge.

 

Globalization

Nakano, Yoshiko. 2009. Where There Are Asians, There Are Rice Cookers: How “National” Went Global via Hong Kong. Hong Kong University Press.

Sedgwick, Mitchell W. 2008. Globalisation and Japanese Organisational Culture: An Ethnography of a Japanese Corporation in France. London; New York: Routledge.

Bestor, Theodore C. 2004. Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Iwabuchi, Koichi. 2002. Recentering Globalization. Durham: Duke University Press.

Befu, Harumi, and Sylvie Guichard-Anguis, eds. 2001. Globalizing Japan: Ethnography of the Japanese Presence in Asia, Europe and America. London: Routledge.

Eades, J .S., Tom Gill, and Harumi Befu. 2000. Globalization and Social Change in Contemporary Japan. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Pres.

 

Social Class

Ishida, Hiroshi, and David H. Slater, eds. 2009. Social Class in Contemporary Japan. London; New York: Routledge.

Iwata, Masami, and Akihiko Nishizawa, eds. 2008 Poverty and Social Welfare in Japan. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

Sato, Yoshimichi, ed. 2007. Deciphering Stratification and Inequality: Japan and Beyond. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

Tachibanaki, Toshiaki. 2005. Confronting Income Inequality in Japan. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Hashimoto, Kenji. 2003. Class Structure in Contemporary Japan. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

 

Youth

Goodman, Roger, et al., eds. 2012. A Sociology of Japanese Youth: From Returnees to Neets. London: Routledge

Yoder, Robert Stuart. 2011. Deviance and Inequality in Japan: Japanese Youth and Foreign Migrants. By. Bristol, UK: Polity Press.

Brinton, Mary. 2010. Lost in Transition: Youth, Work, and Instability in Postindustrial Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kosugi, Reiko. 2008. Escape from Work: Freelancing Youth and the Challenge to Corporate Japan.  Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press

Genda, Yuji. 2006. A Nagging Sense of Job Insecurity: The New Reality of Facing Japanese Youth. Tokyo: International House of Japan Press.

Yoder, Robert Stuart. 2004. Youth Deviance in Japan: Class Reproduction of Non-Conformity. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

Mathews, Gordon, and Bruce White, eds. 2004. Japan’s Changing Generations: Are Young People Creating a New Society? London; New York: RoutldgeCurzon.

Foljanty-Jos, Gesine. 2003. Juvenile Delinquency in Japan: Reconsidering the “Crisis” Leiden: Brill.

 

Social Movements

Broadbent, Jeffery, and Vicky Brokman, eds. 2011. East Asian Social Movements – Power, Protest, and Change in a Dynamic Region. London: Springer.

Hyde, Sarah. 2009. The Transformation of the Japanese Left: From Old Socialists to New Democrats. London: Routledge.

Chan, Jennifer, ed. 2008. Another Japan is Possible: New Social Movements and Global Citizenship Education. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Murase, Miriam. 2006. Cooperation over Conflict: The Women’s Movement in the State in Postwar Japan. New York: Rotuledge.

Sorensen, Andre, and Carolin Funck, eds. 2006. Local Empowerment: Citizens’ Movements, Machizukuri and Living Environments in Japan. London; New York: Routledge.

Carlile, Lonny E. 2005. Divisions of Labor: Globality, Ideology, and War in the Shaping of the Japanese Labor Movement. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Sasaki-Uemura, Wesley. 2001. Organizing the Spontaneous: Citizen Protest in Postwar Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Igarashi, Yoshikuni. 2000. Bodies of Memory: Narratives of war in Postwar Japanese Culture 1945-1970. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

 

Civil Society

Kage, Rieko. 2011. Civic Engagement in Postwar Japan: The Revival of a Defeated Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ogawa, Akihiro. 2009. The Failure of Civil Society?: The Third Sector and the State in Contemporary Japan. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Reimann, Kim. 2009. The Rise of Japanese NGO’s: Activism from Above. London; New York: Routledge.

Daniel Aldrich. 2008. Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Haddad, Mary Alice. 2007. Politics and Volunteering in Japan: A Global Perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Ducke, Isa. 2007. Civil Society and the Internet in Japan. New York: Routledge.

Takao, Yasuo. 2007. Reinventing Japan: From Merchant Nation to Civic Nation. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Pekkanen, Robert. 2006. Japan’s Dual Civil Society: Members without Advocates. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Nakano, Lynne Y. 2005.  Community Volunteers in Japan: Everyday Stories of Social Change.  London; New York: RoutledgeCurzon.

Kingston, Jeff.  2004.  Japan’s Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil Society in the 21st Century.  London: Routledge.

Witteveen, Guven Peter. 2004. The Renaissance of Takefu: How People and the Local Past Changed the Civic Life of a Regional Japanese Town. Londonl New York: Routledge.

Hasegawa, Koichi. 2004. Constructing Civil Society in Japan: Voices of Environmental Movements. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

Osborne, Stephen P., ed. 2003.  The Voluntary and Non-Profit Sector in Japan: The Challenge of Change.  London; New York: RoutledgeCurzon.

Schwartz, Frank J., and Susan J. Pharr. 2003. The State of Civil Society in Japan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Pop Culture

Yano, Christine R. 2013. Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek across the Pacific. Durham: Duke University Press.                                                                                                                                                                     Condry, Ian. 2013. The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story. Durham: Duke University Press.

Kawamura, Yuniya. 2012. Fashioning Japanese Subcultures. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Minamida, Katsuya, and Izumi Tsuji, eds. 2012. Pop Culture and the Everyday in Japan: Sociological Perspectives. Melbourne: Trans Pacific Press.

Thomas, Jolyon Baraka, 2012. Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Lukács, Gabriella. 2010. Scripted Affects, Branded Selves: Television, Subjectivity and Capitalism in 1990s Japan. Durham: Duke University Press.

Papp, Zilia. 2010. Anime and Its Roots in Early Japanese Monster Art. Leiden: Global Oriental.

Lamarre, Thomas. 2009. The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Chun, Jayson Makoto. 2009. “A Nation of a Hundred Million Idiots”? A Social History of Japanese Television, 1953-1973. New York: Routledge.

Watanabe, Yasushi, and David L. McConnell, eds. 2008. Soft Power Superpowers: Cultural and National. Assets of Japan and the United States. Armonk: M.E.Sharpe.

Stevens, Carolyn. 2008. Japanese Popular Music: Culture, Authenticity and Power. London; New York: Routledge.

Baskett, Michael. 2008. The Attractive Empire Transnational Film Culture in Imperial Japan. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

MacWilliams, Mark W. 2008. Japanese Visual Culture: Explorations in the World of Manga and Anime. Armonk: M.E.Sharpe.

Huat, Chua Beng, and Koichi Iwabuchi, eds. 2008. East Asian Pop Culture: Analysing the Korean Wave. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Gerow, Aaron. 2008. Kitano Takeshi. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Keet, Philomena. 2007. The Tokyo Look Book: Stylish To Spectacular, Goth To Gyaru, Sidewalk To Catwalk. Tokyo: Kodansha International.

Yoshinaga, Masayuki, and Katsuhiko Ishikawa. 2007. Gothic and Lolita. London: Phaidon Press.

Kern, Adam L. 2006. Manga from the Floating World: Comicbook Culture and the Kibyoshi of Edo Japan. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center.

Zhou, Xun, and Francesca Tarocco. 2006. Karaoke: The Global Phenomenon. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, distributed for Reaktion Books.

Allison, Anne. 2006. Millennial Monsters: Japanese Toys and the Global Imagination. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Condry, Ian. 2006. Hip-Hop Japan: Rap and the Paths of Cultural Globalization. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Holden, Todd, Joseph Miles, and Timothy J. Scrase, eds. 2006. Medi@sia: Global Media/tion in and out of Context. London; New York: Routledge.

Napier, Susan J. 2005. Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Miller, Laura, and Jan Bardsley, eds. 2005. Bad Girls of Japan. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Miller, Laura. 2005. There’s More Than Manga: Popular Nonfiction Books and Magazines. In A Companion to the Anthropology of Japan. Oxford: Blackwell.

Aoyagi, Hiroshi. 2005. Islands of Eight Million Smiles: Idol Performance and Symbolic Production in Contemporary Japan. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Ito, Mizuko, Daisuke Okabe, and Misa Matsuda, eds. 2005. Personal, Portable, Pedestrian: Mobile Phones in Japanese life. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Tsutsui, William M. 2004. Godzilla on My Mind: Fifty Years of the King of Monsters. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Kelly, William W., ed  2004.  Fanning the Flames: Fandoms and Consumer Culture in Contemporary Japan. Albany: State University of New York Press.

Tobin, Joseph, ed. 2004. Pikachu’s Global Adventure: The Rise and Fall of Pokemon. Durham, NC: Duke University Pres.

Gottlieb, Nanette, and Mark McLelland.  2003. Japanese Cybercultures, with a preface by David Gauntlett.  London; New York: Routledge.

Mitsui, Toru, and Shuhei Hosokoawa, eds. 2001. Karaoke around the World. London; New York: Routledge.

Kinsella, Sharon. 2000. Adult Manga: Culture and Power in Contemporary Japanese Society. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Craig, Timothy J., ed. 2000. Japan Pop!: Inside the World of Japanese Popular Culture. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

Klippensteen, Kate. 2000. Ganguro Girls: The Japanese Black Face. Köln: Könemann

Slaymaker, Douglas, ed. 2000. A Century of Popular Culture in Japan. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press.

Shiraishi, Saya S. 2000. Doraemon Goes Abroad. In Japan Pop! Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

 

Food

White, Merry. 2012. Coffee Life in Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press

Rath, Eric C., and Stephanie Assmann, eds. 2010. Japanese Foodways, Past and Present. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

Rath, Eric. C. 2010. Food and Family in Early Modern Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Cwiertka, Katarzya. 2007. Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food, Power And National Identity. London: Reaktion Books

Bestor, Theodore. 2004. Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World. Berkeley: University of California Press.

 

Demographic Change

Matanle, Peter, and Anthony S. Rausch with the Shrinking Regions Research Group. 2011. Japan’s Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century: Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.

Kawano, Satsuki. 2010. Nature’s Embrace: Japan’s Aging Urbanites and New Death Rites. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Tsung-hsi Fu and Rhidian Hughes, eds. 2009. Ageing in East Asia: Challenges and Policies for the Twenty-first Century. Abingdon: Routledge.

Coulmas, Florian, et al. eds. 2008. The Demographic Challenge: A Handbook about Japan. Leiden: Brill.

Goodman, Roger, and Sarah Harper, eds. 2007. Ageing in Asia: Asia’s Position in the New Global Demography. London; New York: Routledge.

Coulmas, Florian. 2007. Population Decline and Ageing in Japan—The Social Consequences. London; New York: Routledge.

Hamada, Koichi, and Hiromi Kato, eds. 2007. Ageing and the Labor Market: Problems and Policies. Chelenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Rosenbluth, Frances M. 2006. The Political Economy of Japan’s Low Fertility. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Mathews, Gordon, and Bruce White. 2004. Japan’s Changing Generations: Are Young People Creating a New Society? London; New York: RoutledgeCurzon

Traphagan, John W. , and John Night, eds.  2004.  Demographic Change and the Family in Japan’s Aging Society.  Albany: State University of New York Press.

Thang, Leng Leng. 2001. Generations in Touch: Linking the Old and Young in a Tokyo Neighborhood. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

 

Post Fukushima

Pilling, David. 2014. Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival. London: Allen Lane.

Samuels, Richard J. 2013. 3.11: Disaster and Change in Japan. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

Kingston, Jeff, ed. 2012. Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan: Response and Recovery Since Japan’s 3/11. London: Routledge.

Kingston, Jeff, ed. 2012. Tsunami: Japan’s Post-Fukushima Future. Washington, D.C.: Foreign Policy