Japan - Hell on Earth: 2011

By Paul Andrews

At the eleventh March 2011, a major earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean as regards to North-Eastern Japan. quickly afterwards, a devestating tsunami undefined. This quick-read advisor written through Paul Andrews provides the reader an summary an evidence of the occasions in easy-to-understand simple English. With sections together with the nuclear difficulty, the impact of the catastrophe on Japan's - and the worldwide - economic system, and knowledge approximately what motives an earthquake and a tsunami, it is a concise consultant to the stunning occasions surrounding one of many world's worst common failures.

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Bad Girls of Japan

By Jan Bardsley

Are undesirable ladies casualties of patriarchy, an important evil, or visionary pioneers? The authors during this quantity suggest shifts in our perceptions of undesirable ladies by means of delivering new how one can comprehend them throughout the case of Japan. by way of tracing the concept that of the undesirable lady as a fabricated from particular cultural assumptions and historic settings, undesirable women of Japan maps new roads and previous detours in revealing a disorderly politics of gender. undesirable ladies of Japan explores deviancy in richly various media: mountain witches, murderers, functionality artists, cartoonists, schoolgirls and consumers long past wild are all a part of the terrain.

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The Samurai's Wife: A Novel (Sano Ichiro Novels)

By Laura Joh Rowland

Far from the Shogun's court docket at Edo, such a lot Honorable Investigator Sano Ichiro starts off the main not easy case of his occupation. Upon the insistence of his strong-willed and lovely spouse Reiko, Sano arrives together with her on the emperor's palace to unmask the murderer--who possesses the key of kiai, "the spirit city," a strong scream that could kill immediately. A excessive Kyoto reliable is the sufferer. Treading rigorously via an online of spies, political intrigue, forbidden passions, and complicated plots, Sano and Reiko needs to fight to stick prior to the palace storm--and outwit a crafty killer. yet as they quickly observe, fixing the case skill greater than their survival. For in the event that they fail, Japan can be ate up within the bloodiest battle it has ever seen...

A mythical land comes alive during this compelling homicide secret set in seventeenth-century Japan. jam-packed with finely drawn characters and suspenseful plot twists, The Samurai's Wife is a unique as advanced, vibrant, and crafty because the excellent, misplaced international it portrays.

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Kokoro

By Natsume S?seki

No selection of jap literature is entire with out Natsume Soseki's Kokoro, his most famed novel and the final he entire sooner than his dying. released the following within the first new translation in additional than fifty years, Kokoro--meaning "heart"-is the tale of a sophisticated and poignant friendship among unnamed characters, a tender guy and an enigmatic elder whom he calls "Sensei". Haunted by means of tragic secrets and techniques that experience solid an extended shadow over his existence, Sensei slowly opens as much as his younger disciple, confessing indiscretions from his personal scholar days that experience left him reeling with guilt, and revealing, within the possible unbridgeable chasm among his ethical affliction and his student's fight to appreciate it, the profound cultural shift from one iteration to the following that characterised Japan within the early 20th century.

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Importing Diversity: Inside Japan's JET Program

By David L. McConnell

In 1987, the japanese executive inaugurated the Japan alternate and instructing (JET) application according to international strain to "internationalize" its society. This formidable software has grown to be an incredible govt operation, with an annual price range of $400 million (greater than the us NEA and NEH mixed) and greater than six thousand overseas nationals hired every year in public faculties everywhere Japan.

How does a comparatively homogeneous and insular society react while a buzzword is unexpectedly changed into a fact? How did the coming of such a lot of foreigners impact Japan's academic forms? How did the foreigners themselves consider upon gaining knowledge of that English educating used to be no longer the first aim of this system? during this balanced learn of the JET software, David L. McConnell attracts on ten years of ethnographic learn to discover the cultural and political dynamics of internationalization in Japan. via vignettes and firsthand debts, he highlights and translates the misunderstandings of the early years of this system, strains the tradition clashes in any respect degrees of the forms, and speculates on what classes the JET software holds for different multicultural initiatives.

This attention-grabbing book's jargon-free sort and interdisciplinary strategy will make it beautiful to educators, coverage analysts, scholars of Japan, and potential and previous JET participants.

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The Japanese Way of Justice: Prosecuting Crime in Japan (Studies on Law and Social Control)

By David T. Johnson

Prosecutors have extra keep watch over over lifestyles, liberty, and attractiveness than any association in Japan. satirically, this proposition elicits frequent contract yet few severe efforts to discover its factors, effects, or value. The irony makes the procuracy a bit just like the climate: every body discusses it yet not anyone does something approximately it.

This is the 1st ebook in English to research how Japan's 2000 prosecutors workout their ambitious powers. It paints an empirical cartoon of prosecutors at paintings, the contexts within which they examine, cost, and check out instances, and the content material of the choices thereby rendered. due to the fact prosecutors wield colossal discretion at each level of the legal technique, and because felony lawsuits represent one of many crucial signs of the nature of a society, this examine bargains a window onto Japan. on account that this publication is comparative, mainly with the USA, it additionally provides insights into American legislations and society.

The eastern method of justice is largely decided incidentally prosecutors practice their jobs. If justice ability making an allowance for the desires and conditions of person suspects, then prosecutors in Japan needs to obtain larger marks than their American opposite numbers. If justice implies treating like situations alike, then the means of Japan's procuracy to take action is striking certainly. If justice may still advertise therapeutic, not only punishment, then jap prosecutors has to be reckoned extra restorative than prosecutors within the usa. And if justice is determined by uncovering and clarifying the reality, then readers will realize how primary this maxim is deemed in Japan. In those methods and extra, the japanese means of justice is uncommonly simply.

Yet this account uncovers severe defects besides. In processing intercourse offenders, for instance, jap prosecutors often and disrespect the sentiments of lady sufferers. of their ardour for conserving excessive conviction premiums, prosecutors sacrifice the pursuits of sufferers who yearn to be heard in open court docket. of their insulation from political and public scrutiny, prosecutors occasionally appear unaccountable to valid authority and impression. And of their zeal to procure the reality via confessions, a few prosecutors plea discount, physician file, and behavior brutal interrogations, all of that are unlawful in Japan.

Japan is some distance from the us. This publication demonstrates that during many issues of felony justice they're assorted worlds.

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War and Militarism in Modern Japan

A large amount of writing has been released on Japan at warfare within the moment international struggle, and extra lately students were revisiting the Russo-Japanese conflict of 1904 five; while this quantity strives to check Japan s twentieth-century method of struggle and militarism in a much broader standpoint, bringing hitherto unexamined new issues and subject-matter less than scrutiny as much as the current day. one of the issues coated are the February 26 Incident in Theatre and picture, Ethnicity and Gender in Wartime jap Revue Theatre, army gala's and the japanese Self-Defence Forces, significant traits in eastern remedy of POWs nowa days, and Japan s Tug of battle after the Russian warfare. released to mark the prestigious educational profession of Ben-Ami Shillony, who retired in 2006, this quantity additionally deals priceless new insights into the subject of the japanese and the Jews, together with the tale and fable of Anne Frank and Sadako Sasaki, the involvement of Jewish scientists within the making of the atomic bomb, and Japan s Jewish coverage within the past due 1930s."

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Taiko: An Epic Novel of War and Glory in Feudal Japan

Within the tempestuous remaining many years of the 16th century, the Empire of Japan writhes in chaos because the shogunate crumbles and rival warlords conflict for supremacy. Warrior clergymen of their armed citadels block the line to the capital; castles are destroyed, villages plundered, fields placed to the torch.

Amid this devastation, 3 males dream of uniting the kingdom. At one severe is the charismatic yet brutal Nobunaga, whose ruthless ambition crushes all prior to him. on the contrary pole is the chilly, planned Ieyasu, clever in information, courageous in conflict, mature past his years. however the keystone of this triumvirate is the main memorable of all, Hideyoshi, who rises from the menial publish of sandal bearer to turn into Taiko-absolute ruler of Japan within the Emperor's identify.

When Nobunaga emerges from obscurity by way of destroying a military ten instances the dimensions of his personal, he allies himself with Ieyasu, whose province is vulnerable, yet whose canniness and loyalty make him valuable. but it's the scrawny, monkey-faced Hideyoshi-brash, impulsive, and totally fearless-who turns into the not likely savior of this ravaged land. Born the son of a farmer, he's taking at the global with not anything yet his naked palms and his wits, turning doubters into unswerving servants, opponents into trustworthy associates, and enemies into allies. In all this he makes use of a piercing perception into human nature that unlocks fort gates, opens men's minds, and captures women's hearts. For Hideyoshi's passions should not restricted to struggle and intrigue-his devoted spouse, Nene, holds his love expensive, even if she needs to proportion it; the chaste Oyu, sister of Hideyoshi's leader strategist, falls prey to his wants; and the seductive Chacha, whom he rescues from the fiery destruction of her father's fort, tempts his weak point.

As mentioned by way of Eiji Yoshikawa, writer of the foreign best-seller Musashi, Taiko tells many tales: of the fury of Nobunaga and the deadly conceitedness of the black-toothed Yoshimoto; of the pathetic downfall of the home of Takeda; how the scorned Mitsuhide betrayed his grasp; how as soon as impregnable ramparts fell as their defenders died gloriously. such a lot of all, notwithstanding, Taiko is the tale of ways one guy reworked a country in the course of the strength of his will and the intensity of his humanity. packed with scenes of pageantry and violence, acts of treachery and self-sacrifice, tenderness and savagery, Taiko combines the panoramic spectacle of a Kurosawa epic with a bright evocation of feudal Japan.

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Picking Bones from Ash: A Novel

By Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Three generations of ladies intersect during this evocative debut novel

My mom consistently instructed me that there's just one approach a lady could be actually secure during this international. and that's to be fiercely, inarguably and masterfully talented.

No one is familiar with who fathered eleven-year-old Satomi, and the ladies of her Nineteen Fifties eastern mountain city locate her mother's stressed sensuality a chance. Satomi's good fortune in piano competitions has consistently gained recognize, saving her and her mom from whole ostracism. but if her mother's transforming into ambition checks this gentle social stability, Satomi's present isn't adequate to guard them. finally, Satomi is driven to make a drastic selection in an effort to commence her lifestyles anew. Years later, Satomi's offerings echo within the lifetime of her American daughter, Rumi, a talented authenticator of Asian antiques. Rumi has continually believed her mom to be lifeless, but if Rumi starts off to determine a ghost, she wonders: is that this the spirit of her mom? if this is the case, what occurred to Satomi?

Picking Bones from Ash explores the struggles girls face in accepting their skills, and asks what occurs while moms and daughters dare to query the debt owed one another. Fusing mind's eye and suspense, Marie Mutsuki Mockett builds a lavish international during which characters trip from Buddhist temples to the black industry of overseas antiques in California, as they fight to appreciate one another throughout cultures and generations.

"Marie Mockett brings postwar Japan into the twenty first Century with sensitivity and beauty, drawing the lives of 3 ladies to light up the stress among cultures. Picking Bones from Ash is a stunning book."KIT REED

"In Marie Mockett's first novel―which levels in convinced and gorgeous prose from a mountain city in mid-century Japan to an antiques enterprise in modern San Franciscotemples, ghosts, and oni demons should not inert markers of exoticism: they're embedded in a lived internet of human relationships and daily projects. starting in a global as good as Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, Picking Bones from Ash takes the reader down a rabbit-hole as matter-of-factly supernatural as that of Haruki Murakami's Wind-Up poultry Chronicle. This wiry and gentle novel, as grounded because it is surreal, is going down like a tall glass of water. other than it is spiked: like Rumi, the more youthful of Mockett's heroines, you may be haunted until eventually you end this book." ELLIS AVERY

"Remarkable and arresting, this debut has the pleasures of a fairy story and a singular even as. Mockett probes the kinfolk mythology of a truly odd line of proficient jap girls who may perhaps or will not be descended from the Princess of the Moon, and spins the story of the way they survived post-war Japan, modernity and existence in the USA. A spellbinding new talent." ―ALEXANDER CHEE

"Mockett has made a powerful debut with Picking Bones from Ash. right here, she creates a fully-absorbing global with shiny characters who look for what used to be painfully misplaced to them. Mockett is a gorgeous writer." MIN JIN LEE, writer of Free nutrition for Millionaires

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