By Akihiro Ogawa
A examine the voluntary area in Japan, which has emerged strongly purely in fresh years.
The international discourse on civil society is either complex and enriched during this player examine of Japan’s volunteers, often called the 3rd zone. within the wake of the japanese government’s failed reaction to the 1995 earthquake, volunteers took the lead in offering reduction to sufferers. This fresh sea switch in jap society was once speedy via the 1998 NPO legislation (nonprofit association legislation) that encourages 3rd zone actions. Drawing on his fieldwork at one of many new NPOs, Akihiro Ogawa explores intimately the social and historic particularities of eastern “civil society” or shimin shakai, revisiting how the concept that is interpreted and practiced via the volunteers themselves. Civil society, Ogawa argues, can most sensible be understood as an energetic, dynamic strategy instead of as a static, summary model.
“…a great addition to the nonetheless scant ethnographic literature on Japan’s civil zone, delivering an in-depth and multi-dimensional examine the methods civil society businesses were reimagined, mobilized and restricted via the japanese kingdom and by means of its electorate … This e-book is mainly worthy to the turning out to be variety of practitioners within the fields of nonprofit administration, voluntary motion and social entrepreneurship.” — Pacific Affairs
“Ogawa’s very good learn is very helpful due to its mixture of ethnographic grounding and analytical achieve … His learn increases very important and uncomfortable questions about Japan’s civil society.” — Japanese Studies
“…Ogawa demanding situations the concept that the 3rd quarter in Japan exists autonomous of the country … [and] offer[s] attention-grabbing insights into the state-civil society relations.” — Social technology Japan Journal
“Ogawa writes an attractive, provocative exam of the improvement of civil society in modern Japan … This ebook might be of curiosity to scholars on non-Western civil society, students of latest Japan and of social entrepreneurship, and learn methodologists.” — CHOICE
“…Ogawa offers a desirable account of latest eastern civil society on the grass roots. His cautious and illuminating ethnography of a lately integrated nonprofit association (NPO) finds vital insights into the altering nature of eastern citizenship and the connection among the nonprofit region and the kingdom in modern Japan … a beneficial addition to the turning out to be literature on civil society in Japan.” — Journal of eastern Studies
“…Ogawa’s booklet presents a deep perception into modern Japan … this can be a magnificent learn that's actually multidisciplinary in its procedure and analysis.” — Voluntas
“Akihiro Ogawa’s ebook is a well timed and tough ethnography of civil society in modern Japan.” — Asian Anthropology
Ebook by means of Seward, Jack
In a crowded two-bedroom condominium in Tokyo, 4 eastern twenty-somethings are looking ahead to their lives to start. they've got come from in every single place Japan, bringing with them desires of good fortune and romance, yet existence isn’t precisely going as deliberate. Kotomi waits through the telephone for a boyfriend who by no means calls, Ryosuke is sound asleep together with his most sensible friend’s female friend, and Mirai’s ingesting has turn into a significant challenge. simply Naoki, an aspiring filmmaker and the glue that retains all of them jointly, seems on course. in the meantime, their round the corner buddies are as much as whatever suspicious, and a mysterious attacker is terrorizing the local.
whilst a homeless youngster all of sudden seems to be, his arrival units off a sequence of occasions that might convey to gentle darkish secrets and techniques the tenants of Apt. 401 have saved from one another—and from themselves. Parade—from Shuichi Yoshida (“Japan’s Stieg Larsson” —The Wall highway Journal), the wildly renowned writer of Villain—is a surprising tale of lifestyles within the vast urban.
By Haruki Murakami
During this hyperkinetic and relentlessly artistic novel, Japan’s most well liked (and debatable) fiction author hurtles into the realization of the West. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the tip of the realm draws readers right into a narrative particle accelerator during which a split-brained info processor, a deranged scientist, his shockingly undemure granddaughter, Lauren Bacall, Bob Dylan, and numerous thugs, librarians, and subterranean monsters collide to excellent influence. What emerges is concurrently cooler than 0 and unaffectedly affecting, a hilariously humorous and deeply severe meditation at the nature and makes use of of the brain.
It tells of a tender bride, Ichi, born into any such culture, groomed within the virtues of excellent womanhood, and eventually tempered through tragedy. Her lifestyles and destiny are certain up inexorably with the fortunes of her in-laws, high-ranking officers. She quickly turns into acutely aware that anything is dreadfully mistaken, that anything is threatening her domestic and her peaceable lifestyle. Uneasy and anxious, she attempts to place clues jointly, yet her questions pass unanswered. Political intrigue and unexpected tragedy strength her right into a new and strange world.
We stick to Ichi as she grows from passive observer—a spouse suppressing her personal passions—to energetic agent—a girl who will possibility whatever for justice. suffering for fact and justice, Ichi unearths her basically guns are her personal power and the stunning mats, adorned with soft flora, that she designs.
Readers all over will locate this a great account of non-public improvement and accountability within the lifetime of one jap woman.
By David W. Hughes
The learn strikes from culture to modernity, explores a variety of subject matters akin to: music lifestyles within the conventional village; rural city tensions; neighborhood min'yo renovation societies; the consequences of nationwide and native min'yo contests; the hot people track phenomenon; min'yo and tourism; folks track bars; recruitment of execs; min'yo's interplay with enka renowned songs and with Western-derived foku songu; the effect of mass mediation; and, min'yo's function in retaining or developing neighborhood id. The booklet features a plate part, musical examples, and a compact disc.
By Stuart Galbraith IV, Yukari Fujii, Atsushi Sakahara
The writer of "The eastern Filmography" provides the definitive, generally illustrated examine of eastern technological know-how fiction videos. With the "Godzilla" videos (1954-1995) on the middle of all of it, Galbraith has assembled a digital "Who's Who" of filmography and interviews of the foremost gamers during this emerging cult global of the fire-breathing lizard. 156 images. 32 illustrations specified print advertisements.
By Anne McKnight