Download E-books Japan at Nature's Edge: The Environmental Context of a Global Power PDF

Japan at Nature’s Edge is a well timed number of essays that explores the connection among Japan’s historical past, tradition, and actual atmosphere. It tremendously expands the point of interest of past paintings on jap modernization by way of interpreting Japan’s function in international environmental transformation and the way jap principles have formed our bodies and landscapes over the centuries. The immediacy of Earth’s environmental concern, a drawback highlighted via Japan’s March 2011 catastrophe, brings a feeling of urgency to the examine of Japan and its international connections.

The paintings is an environmental background within the broadest experience of the time period since it includes writing through environmental anthropologists, a mythical eastern economist, and students of jap literature and tradition. The editors have introduced jointly an exceptional assemblage of a few of the best students within the box who, instead of deal with it in isolation or as a special cultural group, search to attach Japan to worldwide environmental currents resembling whaling, global fisheries, hiking and technological know-how, mining and business pollutants, and kin with nonhuman animals.

The members assert the significance of our surroundings in figuring out Japan’s heritage and suggest a brand new stability among nature and tradition, one weighted even more seriously at the aspect of ordinary legacies. This strategy doesn't tradition. in its place, it means that the japanese event of nature, like that of all humans, is a posh and intimate negotiation among the actual and cultural worlds.

Contributors: Daniel P. Aldrich, Jakobina Arch, Andrew Bernstein, Philip C. Brown, Timothy S. George, Jeffrey E. Hanes, David L. Howell, Federico Marcon, Christine L. Marran, Ian Jared Miller, Micah Muscolino, Ken’ichi Miyamoto, Sara B. Pritchard, Julia Adeney Thomas, Karen Thornber, William M. Tsutsui, Brett L. Walker, Takehiro Watanabe.

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Download E-books A Slow Death: 83 Days of Radiation Sickness PDF

Japan's worst nuclear radiation twist of fate happened at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokaimura, northeast of Tokyo, on 30 September 1999. The direct reason for the coincidence used to be brought up because the depositing of a uranyl nitrate solution--containing approximately 16.6 kg of uranium, which passed the serious mass--into a precipitation tank. 3 employees have been uncovered to severe doses of radiation.

Hiroshi Ouchi, this sort of employees, used to be transferred to the college of Tokyo clinic Emergency Room, 3 days after the twist of fate. Dr. Maekawa and his employees at the start concept that Ouchi seemed really good for somebody uncovered to such radiation degrees. He might speak, and purely his correct hand used to be a bit swollen with redness. even though, his situation progressively weakened because the radioactivity broke down the chromosomes in his cells.

The medical professionals have been at a loss as to what to do. there have been only a few precedents and confirmed clinical remedies for the sufferers of radiation poisoning. below 20 nuclear injuries had happened on this planet to that time, and such a lot of these occurred 30 years in the past. This ebook files the following eighty three days of remedy till his passing, with precise descriptions and reasons of the radiation poisoning.

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Download E-books Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future: Art and Popular Culture Respond to the Bomb (AsiaWorld) PDF

From the sunrise of the atomic age, paintings and pop culture have performed a necessary position reading nuclear matters to the general public and investigating the results of nuclear guns to the way forward for human civilization. Political and social forces frequently appeared paralyzed in pondering past the appearance of nuclear guns and articulating an inventive reaction to the hindrance posed by way of this apocalyptic expertise. paintings and pop culture are uniquely fitted to grapple with the results of the bomb and the disruptions within the continuity of conventional narratives in regards to the human destiny endemic to the atomic age. Filling the outlet within the Nuclear destiny explores the variety of visions evoked in American and eastern society by way of the mushroom cloud putting over the way forward for humanity over the last half the 20 th century. It provides ancient scholarship on paintings and pop culture along the paintings of artists responding to the bomb, in addition to artists discussing their very own paintings. From the impression of nuclear checking out on sci-fi video clips in the course of the mid-fifties in either the U.S. and Japan, to the socially engaged visible dialogue approximately strength embodied in eastern manga, Filling the opening within the Nuclear destiny takes readers into unforeseen territory

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Download E-books Modern Japan: A Social History Since 1868 PDF

By J.E. Thomas

J E Thomas examines the old roots of jap social constructions and preoccupations and he units those in the large chronological framework of Japan's political and army improvement. The ebook can therefore function an advent to trendy Japan in a extra normal feel - yet its concentration all through is at the humans themselves. Professor Thomas provides due awareness to the japanese mainstream; yet he additionally discusses these different sections of the neighborhood that have routinely been underprivileged or marginalised - most manifestly ladies, but in addition minority teams and outcasts - and the japanese perspective to foreigners past her shores.

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Download E-books Selling Women: Prostitution, Markets, and the Household in Early Modern Japan (Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes) PDF

By Amy Stanley

This publication strains the social heritage of early sleek Japan’s intercourse alternate, from its beginnings in seventeenth-century towns to its apotheosis within the nineteenth-century nation-state. Drawing on criminal codes, diaries, city registers, petitions, and felony files, it describes how the paintings of “selling ladies” reworked groups around the archipelago. via targeting the social implications of prostitutes’ financial habit, this examine deals a brand new knowing of the way and why girls who paintings within the intercourse exchange are marginalized. It additionally demonstrates how the patriarchal order of the early sleek country used to be undermined through the emergence of the marketplace economic climate, which replaced the locations of ladies of their families and the world at large.

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Download E-books Work and Pay in Japan PDF

By Robert A. Hart

Presents an in depth dialogue of all elements of employment (including recruitment, tenure, turnover, promoting, hard work strength participation, unemployment, and retirement) and exertions funds (wages, bonus funds, non-wage charges) within the eastern exertions industry. All themes are mentioned with regards to related adventure within the usa and Europe. a massive topic matters even if key gains of jap exertions industry associations and practices range from competitor economies.

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Download E-books Importing Diversity: Inside Japan's JET Program PDF

By David L. McConnell

In 1987, the japanese govt inaugurated the Japan trade and educating (JET) software in line with international strain to "internationalize" its society. This formidable application has grown to be a massive executive operation, with an annual finances of $400 million (greater than the us NEA and NEH mixed) and greater than six thousand international nationals hired every year in public faculties all over the place Japan.

How does a comparatively homogeneous and insular society react while a buzzword is unexpectedly become a truth? How did the arriving of such a lot of foreigners have an effect on Japan's academic forms? How did the foreigners themselves think upon learning that English educating used to be no longer the first aim of this system? during this balanced research of the JET software, David L. McConnell attracts on ten years of ethnographic examine to discover the cultural and political dynamics of internationalization in Japan. via vignettes and firsthand bills, he highlights and translates the misunderstandings of the early years of this system, lines 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 variety and interdisciplinary procedure will make it beautiful to educators, coverage analysts, scholars of Japan, and potential and previous JET participants.

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Download E-books Battle Royale: The Novel PDF

By Koushun Takami

In another destiny Japan, junior excessive scholars are compelled to struggle to the demise! L to R (Western Style). Koushun Takami's infamous high-octane mystery relies on an impossible to resist premise: a category of junior highschool scholars is taken to a abandoned island the place, as a part of a ruthless authoritarian application, they're supplied palms and compelled to kill each other until eventually just one survivor is left status. Criticized as violent exploitation while first released in Japan--where it then proceeded to turn into a runaway bestseller--Battle Royale is a Lord of the Fliesfor the twenty first century, a powerful allegory of what it ability to be younger and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog international. Made right into a arguable hit motion picture of an identical identify, Battle Royale is already a modern jap pulp vintage, now on hand for the 1st time within the English language. a bunch of highschool scholars are taken to small remoted island and compelled to struggle one another till just one continues to be alive! in the event that they holiday the principles a distinct collar blows their heads off. Koushun Takami's brutal, high-octane mystery is informed in breathless. blow-by-blow style. Battle Royale is a modern jap pulp vintage now on hand for the 1st time in English.

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Download E-books The Revenge of the 47 Ronin: Edo 1703 (Raid) PDF

By Stephen Turnbull

From 1600 until eventually 1866 civil strife in public used to be almost unknown in Japan; despite the fact that, own loyalty and self-sacrifice might every now and then upward push above the samurai hierarchy to redefine eastern tradition. In 1703 former samurai avenged their lord within the so much mythical raid in jap heritage. the tale of the forty seven ronin is a story wealthy in emotion, unique making plans, and perfect martial execution.

This was once the raid that became Japan upside down.

Lord Kira had led to the dying of Lord Asano, hence making Asano's dependable samurai into ronin (unemployed 'men of the waves'). In entire secrecy they plotted their revenge, and one snowy winter's evening introduced a raid opposed to his mansion in Edo (Tokyo). The gates have been damaged down, and after the fiercest sword conflict obvious in Japan for over a century Kira was once captured and beheaded. His head was once washed and put on Asano's tomb. The Shogun had now been positioned in a obstacle. should still he gift the forty seven Ronin for behaving extra like precise samurai than someone because the time of civil wars, or may still they be punished for breaking the stern legislation approximately taking revenge?

In the top the legislation prevailed, and the surviving forty six ronin dedicated a mass act of hara-kiri, turning them in a single day into nationwide heroes because the 'gods of bushido'.. The dramatic revenge raid of the Forty-Seven Ronin is the proper topic for a Raids identify. there's a very robust narrative and a wealth of illustrative fabric. because the raid happened in the course of the peaceable Edo interval there's scope for unique description of the samurai's guns and their own & actual surroundings that's not noticeable in the other Osprey titles.

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