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CIA World Factbook. Includes map.

New Internationalist Profile.

UN Development Program, Human Development Indicators.

World Guide.

On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Human Rights Watch: Japan.

Japan Focus.

Japanese Institute of Global Communications.

WWW Virtual Library.

In the Library: Articles

Maechling, Charles. "Pearl harbor: the first energy war," History Today (12/00):41-47.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Barnhart, Michael A. Japan Prepares for Total War: The Search for Economic Security, 1919-1941 (Ithaca: Cornell, 1989).

Benedict, Ruth. The Chrysanthemum & the Sword (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1946). Beautifully written, widely influential account of Japanese culture written without benefit of any knowledge of Japanese language, or direct experience of Japan.

Bix, Herbert P. Hirohito & the Making of Modern Japan (NY: HarperCollins, 2000).

Choucri, Nazli; Robert C. North & Susumu Yamakage. The Challenge of Japan before World War II & After (NY: Routledge, 1992).

Cullen, L.M. A History of Japan, 1582-1941: Internal & External Worlds (NY: Cambridge, 2003).

Denoon, Donald (ed.) Multicultural Japan: Paleolithic to Post-Modern (NY: Cambridge, 1997).

Doi, Takeo. The Anatomy of Dependence (Tokyo: Kodansha, 1971).

Dower, John W. Empire & Aftermath: Yoshida Shigeru & the Japanese Experience, 1878-1954 (Cambridge MA: Harvard, 1979).

__________. Japan in War & Peace: Selected Essays (NY: New Press, 1993).

Hane, Mikiso. Peasants, Rebels & Outcastes: The Underside of Modern Japan (NY: Pantheon, 1982).

__________ (ed.) Reflections on the Way to the Gallows. Rebel Women in Pre-War Japan (Berkeley: U. California, 1988).

__________. Modern Japan: A Historical Survey (3rd ed.; Boulder: Westview, 2001).

Hellegers, Dale M. We, the Japanese People: World War II & the Origins of the Japanese Constitution (Stanford: Stanford, 2002).

Hirobe, Izumi. Japanese Pride, American Prejudice: Modifying the Exclusion Clause of the 1924 Immigration Act (Stanford: Stanford, 2001).

Kurosawa, Akira. Something Like an Autobiography (NY: Vintage, 1983).

LaFeber, Walter. The Clash: A History of US-Japan Relations (NY: Norton, 1997).

Lummis, C. Douglas. A New Look at the Chrysanthemum & the Sword (Tokyo: Shohakusha, 1982). Brilliant critique of Ruth Benedict's classic, perhaps the most widely-read book in any language about Japan.

Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko. Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms, & Nationalisms: The Militarization of Aesthetics in Japanese History (Chicago: U. of Chicago, 2002).

Sato, Barbara. The New Japanese Woman: Modernity, Media & Women in Interwar Japan (Durham NC: Duke, 2002).

Sawada, Mitziko. Tokyo Life, New York Dreams: Urban Japanese Visions of America, 1890-1924 (Berkeley: U. California, 1996).

Seagrave, Sterling & Peggy Seagrave. The Yamato Dynasty: The Secret History of Japan's Imperial Family (NY: Broadway, 2001).

Smith, Patrick. Japan: A Reinterpretation (NY: Random House, 1997).

Smith, Robert J. & Ella Lury Wiswell. The Women of Suye Mura (Chicago: U. Chicago, 1982). Ethnography of a Japanese village in the 1930s.

Walthall, Anne (ed.) The Human Tradition in Modern Japan (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 2002).

In the Library: Fiction

Mishima, Yukio. The Sound of Waves (NY: Knopf, 1956).

__________. Confessions of a Mask (NY: New Directions, 1958).

__________. The Sailor Who Fell From Grace With the Sea (NY: Knopf, 1965).

__________. The Secret History of Lord Musashi [1935] & Arrowroot [1932] (NY: Knopf, 1982).

Tanizaki, Junichiro. Naomi [1924] (San Francisco: North Point, 1990).

__________. The Makioka Sisters (NY: Knopf, 1957).

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