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Open Access Books about Japan

A reading list of open access books about various topics related to Japan, both historic and contemporary

books, Japan, open access, reading

Open Access Books about Japan

as of August 2020

Originally compiled by Allison Alexy and Jordan Cleland at the University of Michigan

A few notes:

ANU Press also has a few other Japan-related titles, some already in this list. All of its publications are open access.

The University of Michigan Press has a number of OA books focused on Japan and is currently growing their list.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has also made a number of its out-of-print exhibition catalogs, including more than fifty on Japanese art, free to download.

Intimate Disconnections: Divorce and the Romance of Independence in Contemporary Japan

Allison Alexy

University of Chicago Press, open access through TOME

Intimate Japan: Ethnographies of Closeness and Conflict

edited by Allison Alexy and Emma E. Cook

University of Hawai'i Press, open access through Knowledge Unlatched

Confucianisms for a Changing World Cultural Order

Edited by Roger T. Ames and Peter D. Hershock

University of Hawai'i Press

Violets between Cherry Blossoms: The Diffusion of Classical Motifs to the East

P.L.W. Arts

Leiden University Press

Transnational Japan in the Global Environmental Movement

Simon Avenell

University of Hawai'i Press, open access through Knowledge Unlatched

The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema: Ghosts of Futurity at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century

Jessica Balanzategui

Amsterdam University Press

The Tools of Owatatsumi: Japan’s Ocean Surveillance and Coastal Defence Capabilities

Desmond Ball and Richard Tanter

Australian National University Press

Intellectual Property in the Global Arena: Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, and the Recognition of Judgments in Europe, Japan and the US

Edited by Jürgen Basedow, Toshiyuki Kono and Axel Metzger

Mohr Siebeck

Mixed Member Electoral Systems in Constitutional Context: Taiwan, Japan, and Beyond

Edited by Nathan F. Batto, Chi Huang, Alexander C. Tan, and Gary W. Cox

University of Michigan Press, open access through Knowledge Unlatched

Geopolitics by Other Means: The Indo-Pacific Reality

Edited by Axel Berkofsky and Sergio Miracola


What Is a Family?: Answers from Early Modern Japan

Edited by Mary Elizabeth Berry and Marcia Yonemoto

University of California Press, open access through luminos

Multiregionalism and Multilateralism: Asian-European Relations in a Global Context

Edited by Sebastian Bersick, Wim Stokhof, Paul van der Velde, Benedikt Seemann

Amsterdam University Press

Institutional Change in Japan

Edited by Magnus Blomstrom and Sumner La Croix


The Other Women's Lib: Gender and Body in Japanese Women's Fiction

Julia C. Bullock

University of Hawai'i Press, open access through Knowledge Unlatched

Rethinking Japanese Feminisms

Edited by Julia C. Bullock, Ayako Kano, and James Welker

University of Hawai'i Press, open access through Knowledge Unlatched

Sacred Men: Law, Torture, and Retribution in Guam

Keith Camacho

Duke University Press

Anti Japan: The Politics of Sentiment in Postcolonial East Asia

Leo T.S. Ching

Duke University Press, open access through TOME

Cultivating Femininity: Women and Tea Culture in Edo and Meiji Japan

Rebecca Corbett

University of Hawai'i Press, open access through Knowledge Unlatched

Consuming Life in Post Bubble Japan: A Transdiciplinary Perspective

Edited by Katarzyna J. Cwiertka, Ewa Machotka

University of Amsterdam Press

A Bowl for a Coin: A Commodity History of Japanese Tea

by William Wayne Farris

University of Hawai'i Press, open access through Knowledge Unlatched

Child’s Play: Multi-Sensory Histories of Children and Childhood in Japan

Edited by Sabine Frühstück and Anne Walthall

University of California Press, open access through Luminos

Robotics in Germany and Japan: Philosophical and Technical Perspectives

Edited by Michael Funk and Bernhard Irrgang

Peter Lang

Japan's China Policy: A Relational Power Analysis

Linus Hagström


Cities, Autonomy, and Decentralization in Japan

Edited by Carola Hein, Philippe Pelletier


Japanese Media Cultures in Japan and Abroad: Transnational Consumption of Manga, Anime, and Media-Mixes

Edited by Manuel Hernández-Pérez


Figures of the World: The Naturalist Novel and Transnational Form

Christopher Hill

Northwestern University Press, open access through TOME

Housing and Social Transition in Japan

Edited by Yosuke Hirayama and Richard Ronald


Japan Through the Lens of the Tokyo Olympics

Edited By Barbara Holthus, Isaac Gagné, Wolfram Manzenreiter, Franz Waldenberger


Contested Governance in Japan: Sites and Issues

Glenn D. Hook


Institutional and Technological Change in Japan's Economy: Past and Present

Edited by Janet Hunter and Cornelia Storz


Japan's Subnational Governments in International Affairs

Purnendra Jain


Beyond the Limits to Growth: New Ideas for Sustainability from Japan

Hiroshi Komiyama


Atomic Assurance: The Alliance Politics of Nuclear Proliferation

Alexander Lanoszka

Cornell University Press

Revolution Goes East: Imperial Japan and Soviet Communism

Tatiana Linkhoeva

Cornell University Press, open access through TOME

The Making of Japanese Settler Colonialism: Malthusianism and Trans-Pacific Migration, 1868–1961

Sidney Xu Lu

Cambridge University Press

Placing Empire: Travel and the Social Imagination in Imperial Japan

Kate McDonald

University of California Press

Under the Shadow of the Rising Sun: Japan and the Jews during the Holocaust Era

Meron Medzini

Academic Studies Press, open access through Knowledge Unlatched

Pacific Exposures: Photography and the Australia–Japan Relationship

Melissa Miles and Robin Gerster

Australian National University Press

Agricultural and Forestry Reconstruction After the Great East Japan Earthquake: Tsunami, Radioactive, and Reputational Damages

Edited by Toshiyuki Monma, Itsuo Goto, Takahisa Hayashi, Hidekiyo Tachiya, and Kanju Ohsawa


Japan’s Failed Revolution: Koizumi and the Politics of Economic Reform

Aurelia George Mulgan

Australian National University Press

Power and Pork: A Japanese Political Life

Aurelia George Mulgan

Australian National University Press

Footprints in Paradise: Ethnography of Ecotourism, Local Knowledge and Nature Therapies in Okinawa

Andrea E. Murray

Berghahn Books, open access through KNowledge Unlatched

Japan's Future in East Asia and the Pacific

Edited by Mari Pangestu and Ligang Song

Australian National University Press

Japanese Reflections on WWII and American Occupation

Edgar A. Porter and Ran Ying Porter

Amsterdam University Press

The Invasion of the Dutch East Indies

Willem Remmelink

Leiden University Press

Dilemmas of Adulthood: Japanese Women and the Nuances of Long-Term Resistance

Nancy Rosenberger

University of Hawai'i Press, open access through Knowledge Unlatched

The History Problem: The Politics of War Commemoration in East Asia

Hiro Saito

University of Hawai'i Press

Alegal: Biopolitics and the Unintelligibility of Okinawan Life

Annmaria M. Shimabuku

Fordham University Press

Bridging Australia and Japan: The Writings of David Sissons, Historian and Political Scientist

Edited by Arthur Stockwin and Keiko Tamura

Open Access Books about Japan
Tags Books, Japan, Open access, Reading
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Published 21/01/2021, 06:10:58


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