• The Allied Occupation of Japan - brief essay that analyzes uniqueness of Allied Occupation of Japan from 1945 and 1952 and that discusses Occupation's similarities and differences with prewar practices
  • Book Review - Rainbow Over Hell - reviews book by Tsuneyuki Mohri about Saburo Arakaki's fighting in Saipan, capture by Americans, and conversion to Christianity 
  • Book Review - Tokyo Rising - reviews Edward Seidensticker's book on the history of Tokyo from 1923, the year of the great Kantô earthquake, to the late 1980s
  • Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere - describes some of the cultural, economic, and political reasons for the development of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere
  • Explanations of Japan's Imperialistic Expansion, 1894-1910 - examines four of the most influential theories of imperialism to determine whether they can provide explanations for Japan's imperialism from 1894 to 1910
  • Japan's March Toward Militarism - discusses principal reasons for development of Japanese militarism and imperialism
  • Lack of Japanese Resistance to Militarism - considers evidence of why the Japanese people did not actively resist and rebel against their militaristic ultranationalist leaders in power during World War II
  • Reflections on Hiroshima - evaluates whether the decision to drop the atomic bomb was justified by the circumstances
  • Tokugawa Period's Influence on Meiji Restoration - first part discusses key factors from the Tokugawa period that allowed Japan to move through the Meiji Reform period with little disruption, and second part analyzes the possible causes of three significant disturbances that arose in the Meiji Reform period
Social Issues
  • 'Equal Employment Opportunity Law System' and Women - Japanese women have made some gains since implementation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Law in 1986, but they still lag far behind men in Japan and women in other industrialized countries in terms of employment opportunities. This essay evaluates how full and accurate a picture author Sayoko Yoneda provides of the lives of women in contemporary Japan.
  • Internet's Influence on Social Interactions in Japan - explores the formation of virtual communities and the effects of the Internet on personal interactions in Japan
  • Lifelong Learning in Japan - examines principal features and problems of the Japanese system of lifelong learning for adults

Other Japan-Related Items
  • Jim Breen's Japanese Page - considers effectiveness of Jim Breen's Japanese Page and his electronic dictionary by evaluating them against standard criteria for web resources and by performing a comparison with other print and electronic resources.

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