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Japan since 1945

(see also Japan, Japan: Military Regime & Japan: Okinawa)

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CIA World Factbook. Includes map.

New Internationalist Profile.

UN Development Program, Human Development Indicators.

World Guide.

On the Web: Articles

Human Trafficking in Japan Presents Formidable Challenge. Sharon Noguchi & Emi Doi, San Jose Mercury News [Taiwan News] (6/12/03).

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Human Rights Watch: Japan.

Japan Focus.

Japanese Institute of Global Communications.

WWW Virtual Library.

In the Library: Articles

Buruma, Ian. "Asia world," NY Review of Books (6/12/03):54-57. Reflections on theme parks & authoritarianism in contemporary East Asia.

Hayashi, Reiko & Masako Okuhira. "The Disability Rights Movement in Japan: past, present & future," Disability & Society 16,6 (2001):855-70.

Itoh, Makato. "The Japanese economy in structural difficulties," Monthly Review 56,11 (4/05):32-44.

__________. "Assessing neoliberalism in Japan," in A. Saad-Filho & D. Johnston (eds.) Neoliberalism: A Critical Reader (London: Pluto, 2005).

Lie, John. "The discriminated fingers: the Korean minority in Japan," Monthly Review 38,3 (1/87):17-23.

Lummis, C. Douglas. "English conversation as ideology," in Yasuo Kurokawa (ed.) Essays on Language (Tokyo: Kirihara Shoten, 1987). Profound commentary on US-Japanese relations as revealed in the subculture of "English Conversation" classes in Japan.

Miyamoto, Ken'ichi. "Japanese environmental policies since World War II," Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 2,2 (6/91).

Olson, Lawrence. "The elite, industrialism & nationalism: Japan," in Kalman Silvert (ed.) Expectant Peoples: Nationalism & Development (NY: Vintage, 1967), pp. 398-426.

Rowling, Megan. “Tokyo drifters,” In These Times (9/2/02):7.

Toyoda, Toshiyuki. "Japan's policies since 1945," in Len Ackland & Steven McGuire (eds.) Assessing the Nuclear Age: Selections from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (Chicago IL: Education Foundation for Nuclear Science), pp. 55-64. Official views on nuclear weapons.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Bakke, Wight E. & Mary S. Bakke. Campus Challenge: Student Activism in Perspective (Hamden CT, 1971).

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

Conteh-Morgan, Earl. Japan & the US: Global Dimensions of Economic Power (NY: P. Lang, 1992).

Cumings, Bruce. Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations at the End of the Century (Durham NC, 1999).

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).

__________. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II (NY: Norton, 1999).

Duke, Benjamin C. Japan's Militant Teachers: A History of the Left Wing Teachers' Movement (Honolulu, 1973).

Halliday, Jon & Gavan McCormack. Japanese Imperialism Today: Co-Prosperity in "Greater East Asia" (NY: Monthly Review, 1973).

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

__________. Eastern Phoenix: Japan since 1945 (Boulder: Westview, 1996).

__________. 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).

Hook, Glenn D. & Gavan McCormack. Japan's Contested Constitution: Documents & Analysis (NY: Routledge, 2000).

Hoyt, Edwin P. The Militarists: The Rise of Japanese Militarism since World War II (NY: D.I. Fine, 1985).

Itoh, Makoto. The Japanese Economy Reconsidered (NY: Palgrave, 2000).

Jungk, Robert. Children of the Ashes: The People of Hiroshima [1959] (NY: Harcourt, Brace, 1961).

Kerr, Alex. Dogs & Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Japan (NY: Hill & Wang, 2001).

Koschmann, J.V. (ed.) Authority & the Individual in Japan: Citizen Protest in Historical Perspective (Tokyo, 1978).

Koshiro, Yukiko. Trans-Pacific Racisms & the US Occupation of Japan (NY: Columbia U, 1999).

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

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

Lifton, Robert Jay. Destroying the World to Save It: Aum Shinrikyo, Apocalyptic Violence & the New Global Terrorism (NY: Henry Holt, 1999).

Livingston, Jon; Joe Moore & Felicia Oldfather (eds.) Post War Japan (NY: Pantheon, 1973).

McCormack, Gavan & Yoshio Sugimoto. Democracy in Contemporary Japan (Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1986).

__________ & Yoshio Sugimoto (eds.) The Japanese Trajectory: Modernization & Beyond (NY: Cambridge, 1988).

__________. The Emptiness of Japanese Affluence [1996] (rev. ed. Armonk NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2001).

Murakami, Haruki. Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack & the Japanese Psyche [1997-98] (NY: Vintage, 2000).

Orr, James Joseph. The Victim as Hero: Ideologies of Peace & National Identity in Postwar Japan (Honolulu: U. Hawai'i, 2001).

Schaller, Michael. The American Occupation of Japan: the Origins of the Cold War in Asia (NY: Oxford, 1985).

Sheldon, Walt. The Honorable Conquerors: The Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952 (NY: Macmillan, 1965).

Sodei, Rinjiro. Dear General MacArthur: Letters from the Japanese during the American Occupation (Lanham MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).

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

In the Library: Fiction

Stewart, Frank. Shadows to Light: Japan & the Shadows of War. New Writing from Japan (Honolulu: U. Hawai'i, 2002). Special issueof Manoa 13:1.

Tanaka, Yukiko & Elizabeth Harrison (eds.) This Kind of Woman. Ten Stories by Japanese Women Writers, 1960-1976 (NY: Wideview Perigee, 1982).

Togawa, Masako. The Master Key (trans. Simon Grove; NY: Dodd, Mead, 1985).

__________. The Lady Killer (trans. Simon Grove; NY: Dodd, Mead, 1986).

__________. A Kiss of Fire (trans. Simon Grove; NY: Dodd, Mead, 1988).

__________. Slow Fuse (trans. Simon Prentis; NY: Pantheon, 1995).

Yoshimura, Akira. On Parole (trans. Stephen Snyder; NY: Harcourt, 1999).

In the Library: For Young Readers

Sugimoto, Henry. Toshio & Tama: Children of the New Japan (NY: Friendship, 1949).

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"After Life (Wandafuru raifu)" [1998], dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 118m.

"The Eel (Unagi)" [1997], dir. Imamura Shohei, 117m.

"Junk Food (Janku fudo)" [1998], dir. Yamamoto Masashi,

"Kikujiro" [1999], dir. Takeshi Kitano, 106m. In video stores.

"Maborosi (Maboroshi no hikari)" [1995], dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 110m.

"Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai)" [2004], dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda, 141m. In video stores. Four abandoned children survive unseen in Tokyo apartment block.

"Shall We Dance?" [1996], dir. Masayuki Suo, 118m. In video stores.

"A Taxing Woman (Marusa no onna)" [1987], dir. Juzo Itami, 127m. In video stores.

"A Taxing Woman's Return" [1988], dir. Juzo Itami, 127m. In video stores.

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