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    Contemporary Japan

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    Contemporary Japan is open year-round for rolling submissions, with accepted publications published immediately online. Please see the instructions for submission here.
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    Print ISSN 1869-2729 | Online ISSN 1869-2737
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    Contemporary Japan publishes original research that relates to present-day Japan and its recent historical development from scholars around the world. We welcome submissions from a variety of disciplinary approaches, including but not limited to: Literature, Modern/Contemporary History, Philosophy, Law, Political Science, Policy Studies, International Relations, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, and Cultural Studies. Manuscripts which cross disciplinary boundaries and raise issues beyond the case of Japan and from comparative perspectives are also welcome. Submissions are peer-reviewed in a double-blind process by established scholars in the respective field.

    Contemporary Japan is a platform for state of the art research that offers authors several advantages:

    1. The journal is open to all research methods applied in the social sciences and humanities.
    2. The journal promotes the publication of recent empirical findings and innovative theoretical approaches, explicitly including comparative and interdisciplinary studies, provided authors clearly demonstrate the contribution to the field of research and its place in the relevant literature.
    3. We maintain a professional and fast review process that guarantees timely publication of accepted manuscripts, including online first.

    In addition to publishing original manuscripts, we also warmly welcome proposals for Special Issues that engage with current social issues and contemporary themes in the study of Japan. See our past Special Issues here.
    Please send proposals for special issues to:

    Contemporary Japan also contains a book review section. We welcome reviews of publications on any aspect of contemporary Japan. All inquiries regarding book reviews should be directed to

    Contemporary Japan is published in association with the German Association of Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF, Since 2017, Contemporary Japan has joined Taylor & Francis as a subscription-based journal included in their “Social Science & Humanities Library” and “Politics, International Relations & Area Studies Subject Collection” packages.

    Note: If you want to submit your paper to us, please check the ⇨ Instructions for authors.


    Franz Waldenberger
    German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

    Managing Editor

    Isaac Gagné
    German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

    Editorial Board

    Erica Baffelli
    University of Manchester, School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
    John Campbell
    University of Michigan, Political Science emer
    David Chiavacci
    Zurich University, Asia-Orient-Institute
    Harald Conrad
    Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Modern Japanese Studies
    Florian Coulmas
    University of Duisburg-Essen, INEAST
    Harald Fuess
    Heidelberg University, Karl Jaspers Centre
    Sheldon Garon
    Princeton University, Department of History
    Nanette Gottlieb
    University of Queensland, School of Language and Cultures
    Patrick Heinrich
    Universita Ca’Foscari Venezia, Studi sull’Asia e sull’Africa Mediterranea
    Barbara G. Holthus
    German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)
    Glenn Hook
    The University of Sheffield, NIJS, School of East Asian Studies
    Jun Imai
    Sophia University, Faculty of Human Sciences
    Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt
    Nagoya University, Graduate School of Letters
    Axel Klein
    University of Duisburg-Essen, INEAST
    Rotem Kowner
    University of Haifa, Asian Studies
    Ilse Lenz
    Ruhr Universität Bochum (RUB), Social Sciences, emer
    Sébastian Lechevalier
    L’ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Centre de Recherches sur le Japon
    Wolfram Manzenreiter
    Universität Wien, Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften, Japanologie
    Tessa Morris-Suzuki
    Australian National University, College of Asia and the Pacific
    Hiroyuki Okamuro
    Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Economics
    Glenda Roberts
    Waseda University, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies
    Yoshimichi Sato
    Kyoto University of Advanced Science, Faculty of Humanities
    Ulrike Schaede
    University of California, San Diego
    Sawako Shirahase
    The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, emer
    Karen Shire
    University of Duisburg-Essen, INEAST
    Patricia G. Steinhoff
    University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dept. of Sociology, emer
    Sven Steinmo
    European University Institute, Political and Social Sciences


    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 36, No. 1


    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 35, No. 2

    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 35, No. 1


    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 34, No. 2

    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 34, No. 1


    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 33, No. 2

    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 33, No. 1


    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 32, No. 2

    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 32, No. 1


    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 31, No. 2

    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 31, No. 1


    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 30, No. 2

    Gagné, Isaac
    Contemporary Japan 30, No. 1


    Manzenreiter, Wolfram
    Virtual Special Issue. Rural Japan Revisited

    Manzenreiter, Wolfram
    Contemporary Japan 29, No. 2. Squared Diaspora: Representations of the Japanese diaspora across time and space

    Reiher, Cornelia; Yamaguchi, Tomiko
    Contemporary Japan 29, No. 1


    Heinrich, Steffen; Söldner, Tobias
    Contemporary Japan 28, No. 2

    Kavedžija, Iza
    Contemporary Japan 28, No. 1. Ethnographies of Hope in Contemporary Japan


    Holdgrün, Phoebe Stella; Weber, Torsten
    Contemporary Japan 27, No. 2

    Heinze, Ulrich; Matsunaga, Louella
    Contemporary Japan 27, No. 1. Body Concepts: Changing Discourses of the Body in Contemporary Japanese Society


    Vogt, Gabriele
    Contemporary Japan 26, No. 2. Destination Japan: Population Aging and International Labor Migration

    Tiefenbach, Tim; Winkler, Chris
    Contemporary Japan 26, No. 1


    Klein, Axel
    Contemporary Japan 25, No. 2

    Klein, Axel
    Contemporary Japan 25, No. 1


    Klien, Susanne
    Contemporary Japan 24, No. 2 Tourism and Travel in Japan

    Klein, Axel
    Contemporary Japan 24, No. 1


    Kohlbacher, Florian; Hommerich, Carola
    Contemporary Japan 23, No. 2. Lifestyles in Transition - Antecedents and Consequences of Social Change

    Kohlbacher, Florian; Hommerich, Carola
    Contemporary Japan 23, No. 1. Lifestyles in Transition - Antecedents and Consequences of Social Change


    Holthus, Barbara; Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina
    Contemporary Japan 22, No. 1/2. Mind the Gap: Stratification and Social Inequalities in Japan