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.
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.
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.
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.