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Contemporary Japan

Call for Submissions:
Contemporary Japan is open year-round for rolling submissions, with accepted publications published immediately online. Please see the instructions for submission here.

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,

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

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
Hilaria Gössmann
Universität Trier, Fachbereich II – Japanologie
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
Frances McCall Rosenbluth
Yale University
Yoshimichi Sato
Tohoku University, Graduate School of Arts and Letters
Ulrike Schaede
University of California, San Diego
Sawako Shirahase
The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology
Karen Shire
University of Duisburg-Essen, INEAST
Patricia G. Steinhoff
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Dept. of Sociology
Sven Steinmo
European University Institute, Political and Social Sciences


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