The Japan Society Review
The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis, both online and printed (members are entitled to receive a copy by post). Since the starting of the publication in 2006, each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions, tv series and exhibitions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.
The Japan Society Review is possible thanks to the work of volunteers who dedicated their time and expertise to help us to promote the learning and understanding of Japanese culture and society.
BooksChildren of the Japanese State - The Changing Role of Child Protection Institutions in Contemporary
Review by Sean Curtin In Japan today, over 30,000 children are in the care of the state. Drawing on his long-term fieldwork in an institution for such children, Roger Goodman describes what happens to them in a country with no professional social workers and little tradition of adopting or fostering children in need of care. He explains how, in the 1990s, the convergence of several factors--in particular, Japan's rapidly declining birth-rate, its signing of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and its "discovery" of child abuse--led to a new role for child protection institutions. In the process, he provides the first full account in English of the development and delivery of child welfare in the world's second largest economy.
BooksEconomic Reform in Japan: Can the Japanese Change?
Edited by Craig Freedman Nowadays everyone is asking if Japan can change. This conference volume explores some answer to this question by featuring internationally renowned scholars and Japan specialists with diverse opinions. Review by Takahiro Miyao
BooksUnequal Allies? United States Security and Alliance Policy towards Japan, 1945-1960
By John Swenson Wright This carefully researched and scholarly study sheds new light on one of the most important themes in modern Japanese history, the US-Japan Alliance after WWII. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi
BooksHokusai and His Age
Edited by John Carpenter This profusely illustrated volume presents a wide range of current scholarship on the Edo artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and his immediate artistic and literary circles. Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi
BooksHuman Bullets: A Soldier’s Story of the Russo-Japanese War
By Tadayoshi Sakurai A fascinating glimpse into prevailing nationalistic and militaristic attitudes in early-twentieth-century Japan, Human Bullets is also an engaging story of combat and an excellent source of insights about an influential conflict. Review by D. Colin Jaundrill
Issues (PDF)Issue 84 (December 2019, Volume 14, Number 6)
The last issue of The Japan Society Review in 2019 includes reviews of five books which, in one way or another, explore the interactions and encounters of Japan and Japanese culture with the rest of the world. In Quaint, Exquisite: Victorian Aesthetics and the Idea of Japan Grace E. Lavery explores how Japan captured the Victorian imagination [...]
Issues (PDF)Issue 83 (October 2019, Volume 14, Number 5)
For the October issue of The Japan Society Review we have selected a mixture of books that illuminate different aspects of modern Japan. The opening review focuses on the catalogue of the exhibition Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan held at the Saint Louis Art Museum, October 2016 to January 2017.
Issues (PDF)Issue 82 (August 2019, Volume 14, Number 4)
On 1 May 2019, Prince Naruhito ascended the throne as the 126th Emperor of Japan beginning the Reiwa era. The first Japanese emperor who studied outside Japan, he attended University of Oxford between 1983 and 1985 (his memoirs of those years were translated into English by Sir Hugh Cortazzi as The Thames and I (reprinted 2019)).
Issues (PDF)Issue 81 (June 2019, Volume 14, Number 3)
Our June issue covers the impressive Citi exhibition Manga マンガ at the British Museum, along with The Penguin Book of Japanese Short Stories, two novels by Japanese women writers Kanai Mieko and Nakajima Kyoko and finally, the academic study Electrified Voices: How the Telephone, Phonograph, and Radio Shaped Modern Japan, 1868-1945.
Issues (PDF)Issue 80 (April 2019, Volume 14, Number 2)
This issue of The Japan Society Review opens with a review of the catalogue of an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in recognition of the one thousandth anniversary of the publication of The Tale of Genji. Both the catalogue and the exhibition illuminates the importance of Genji in Japanese visual culture.