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Transformation, governance and the state in the Japanese context
Masahiro Mogaki

1 Introduction: transformation, governance and the state in the Japanese context The 2010s have seen a significant transformation in politics. The established governing regimes across the globe have been confronted by challenges that have undermined their traditional foundation of governing. The outcomes of the 2016 US presidential election and the 2016 referendum regarding the UK’s EU membership can be interpreted as a wave of populist nationalism occurring on the home territory of classic, liberalist, Anglo-Saxon areas (Fukuyama 2017). This set of political

in Understanding governance in contemporary Japan
Zheng Yangwen

struggle, seven big kingdoms were left. They continued to battle for another 200 or so years before the Qin finally managed to eliminate the rest and rose to establish the unified Middle Kingdom in 221 BC. Historians label this era the ‘Warring States’ period (475–221 BC); it returned to haunt China in the early twentieth century. Warlord rule and feuding were complicated by the struggle between the GMD and CCP; and it was further compounded by the Japanese invasion in 1931. Although the anti-Japanese banner was able to bring warlords and the Communists under the flag of

in Ten Lessons in Modern Chinese History
Performance and puppet theatre in Angela Carter’s Japan
Marie Mulvey-Roberts

204 The arts of Angela Carter Performance and puppet theatre in Angela Carter’s Japan 10 The ‘art of faking’: performance and puppet theatre in Angela Carter’s Japan Helen Snaith O n 26 March 1969 Angela Carter received the news that she had been awarded the five hundred pound Somerset Maugham Travel Award for her novel, Several Perceptions, published in the previous year. Carter used the money to travel to America with her thenhusband, Paul Carter, before embarking upon her sojourn to Japan alone. Reflecting on Carter’s time abroad Sarah Gamble remarks

in The arts of Angela Carter
Fashion and protest
Ory Bartal

3 From cute to Rei Kawakubo: fashion and protest The 1968 violent student riots that brought Japan to the verge of a civil revolution would be remembered for bringing to the fore the New Left political movements and philosophical critical thinking advocating human rights, women’s equality, and racial equality. These movements pointed to the prevalent social norms as oppressive. They protested against capitalism and the hierarchical class society it engenders and asked of individuals to assume moral responsibility for their lives and the society in which they

in Critical design in Japan
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Shizuka Oshitani

more ambitious targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases 2 Global warming policy in Japan and Britain than others, other countries introduced economic instruments to achieve their targets, and yet other countries formulated a carbon dioxide reduction programme that essentially consolidated policies that were already in place. This book explores how different countries responded in the face of the common policy imperative of tackling global warming and why their responses were similar in some respects and different in others, taking Japan and Britain as

in Global warming policy in Japan and Britain
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Unburying Japanese figurality
Charles Shirō Inouye

The Japanese playwright and novelist Izumi Kyōka (1873–1939) was a fearful man. His fear was dual in nature: both horror and reverence. Without the latter, he would have been no more impressive than Edgar Allan Poe, whose ‘The Tell-tale Heart’ ( 1843 ) takes us to a dark place (which is interesting) and leaves us there (which is not). Both writers were at times histrionic

in Globalgothic
Masahiro Mogaki

3 The evolving core executive in response to burgeoning ICT The move to more liberalisation within markets after the 1980s marked a significant disjuncture in many economic sectors. In the case of the ICT sector, where market liberalisation has had a significant impact in many countries, liberalisation has meant a distinctive change from monopoly (often by the state/state corporation) to market-driven competition. The case of Japan’s ICT sector offers a potentially useful example because of its history of market competition dating back to 1985, when the

in Understanding governance in contemporary Japan
Zheng Yangwen

and the Qing regime as they had to pay for the indemnities after the Sino-French War of 1884–1885, the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–1895, and the Boxer Rebellion, which was brutally suppressed by the so-called Eight Country Allied Army in 1900. This lesson studies these wars waged on and in China. It begins by looking at the situation outside of China’s borders, in the country’s wider sphere of influence in Southeast and Northeast Asia, before returning to see how the ‘scramble for China’ unfolded inside the country and heralded the end of the Qing dynasty’s Mandate of

in Ten Lessons in Modern Chinese History
Post-war national identity and the spirit of subaltern vengeance in Ringu and The Ring
Linnie Blake

2 Nihonjinron, women, horror: post-war national identity and the spirit of subaltern vengeance in Ringu and The Ring Over the past fifteen years, as a post-9/11 United States has sought to increase its international influence over the strategically significant nations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and North Korea, there has been an exponential increase in both the consumption of Japanese horror films and in American remakes of Japanese horror for an English-speaking international audience.1 Most commercially successful and, it seems, culturally resonant, has been

in The wounds of nations
A history of Korean cinema
Hyangjin Lee

One of the most distinctive traits of Korean film is its strong political nature. Since its introduction in 1903, film in Korea has always been under governmental censorship. During the Japanese colonial period (1910–45), the government severely suppressed those films that would inspire anti-colonial sentiments among the Korean audience. On the other hand, the colonial government employed film as a

in Contemporary Korean cinema