Current Issue

The current JSR 2018 issue includes research articles covering varied interdisciplinary topics, additional essays, and book reviews.

Appearing in this issue are five articles dealing with a variety of topics on Japanese society and culture. The first article is by Giancarla Unser-Schutz, who discusses how foreign residents in Japan choose to present themselves and their names. The second article, by Zeying Wu, examines how the economic stagnation has impacted the national identities of Japanese in their 20s. The next article is by So Mizoguchi; it addresses the various narratives that have risen from the US's early occupation of Okinawa. The fourth article, by Noboru Tomonari, discusses Mikuni Rentarō's novel and his coming out as a burakumin. Lastly, Margaret Takeda, Ray Jones, and Marilyn Helms present their research on the impact of bureaucracy on disaster management.

This issue includes two additional essays. The first one by Joan Torres-Pou is a discussion on Arturo Ambrogi and Enrique Gómez Carrillo's writings of their trips to Japan. The second essay is by Kinko Ito and Paul A. Crutcher, which provides a case study on the life of a young Ainu mother in contemporary Japan.

Furthermore, this volume contains three book reviews of recent publications on Japanese studies. Eitan Bolokan reviews a book by Kimura Kiyotaka, Shōbōgenzō zenbon kaidoku 『正法眼蔵』全巻解読 [Deciphering the Shōbōgenzō Fascicles]. Daniel A. Métraux reviews Understanding Japan: A Cultural History by Mark Ravina. Finally, Steven E. Gump reviews a book by Matt Goulding titled Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels through Japan’s Food Culture.

JSR is now planning the next two issues and invites submissions, whether articles, essays, or book reviews, on topics dealing with Japan or comparative studies. Submissions can be sent as email attachment to

The editor, Steven Heine, and members of the editorial board will referee all submissions.

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