Svenska Swedish flag

Kosaku Yoshino, John Lie etc

Japan’s past and present

In Japan, the study of nihonjinron became popular after the Second World War in an attempt to explain the uniqueness of the country s culture and character. Some of the essays in this volume deal with these issues and explore aspects of the Japanese quest for a national identity. Today Japan is one of the world s largest economies, but it is facing enormous challenges on a social, cultural, financial and political level.  These challenges are highlighted and analysed in this book through themes and topics from Japanese history: identity, architecture, religion, manga, Christianity in Japan, the Samurais and many other subjects. 

  • ISBN: 9789163972058
  • Published: 2020-02-24
  • Illustrated. 180x247x53 mm. 566 pages.
Press contact:
Therese Melander


Kurt Almqvist is CEO at the Axel and Margaret Ax:son Johnson Foundation for Public Benefit.

Yukiko Duke is a writer and literary critic based in Sweden. Of Swedish-Japanese origin, she is the author of “Mikaku – den japanska kokboken”, which was nominated for the August Prize, and several other, critically acclaimed books on Japan.


Blaine Brownell is Professor and Director of the School of Architecture at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Writer/Anthropologist, Boston University.

Constantine N. Vaporis is a Professor of History and Founding Director of Asian Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Though his research focuses on the Edo period, Professor Vaporis is deeply interested in the entire range of Japanese history and teaches his courses from an East Asian or comparative context.

Professor, Institute of Religious Studies, Heidelberg University.

James E. Ketelaar is Professor of Japanese History at University of Chicago.

James L. Huffman is a Professor Emeritus of History at Wittenberg University in Ohio.

John Lie


Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.

Karl Friday is Professor Emeritus at the Department of History, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia.

Lars Vargö Distinguished Fellow and Head of the Stockholm Japan Center.

Margaret Mehl is Associate Professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen.

Mark Williams is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and former Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre, University of Oxford.

Michael Wert is Associate Professor at Marquette University.

Naoki Sakai is Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus, Cornell University.

Oleg Benesch är Reader in East Asian History vid Department of History, University of York.

Peter Nosco is Professor of Japanese History and Culture at University of British Columbia.

Pia Moberg is an author, lecturer, trainer and coach with a focus on Culture Intelligence (CQ) and Japan. She holds a PhD in Japanese Studies from Gothenburg University and held a post-doc position at the Centre for Asian Studies at Lund University project on Japanese leadership training.

Roger Goodman is Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies and Warden of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Research Associate, SOAS Japan Research Centre, University of London.

Thomas D. Conlan is Professor of East Asian Studies and History and Chair of East Asian Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University.

Related books

This site is registered on as a development site. Switch to a production site key to remove this banner.