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Does railway technology represent Japanese national identity? This paper focuses on the narratives indicating railway technology as a form of Japanese national identity representation. Using Japanese government pronouncements and interviews given by people involved in the Japanese railway supply...
Published just a few years after the beginning of Japan’s Lost Decade, Murakami Ryu’s 1994 novel Popular Hits of the Showa Era posited that this new economic reality inflicted deep psychological wounds on individuals who were already deeply fractured. Within this text the invisible violence of...
This article examines representations of food and feeding in post-Fukushima literature. Following the hydrogen explosions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, radioactive plumes swept across the country, leading to a sharp increase in radioactivity levels in a range of foodstuffs. Yet...
As a country with few natural resources, Japan has to maintain a varied energy supply to ensure its energy security. However, since the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011, nuclear power generation, which was promoted as a national policy in the past, has been facing decommission. This...
While the platform economy in Japan has expanded rapidly, we have limited understanding of digital platform work at the crossroads of labour market dualisation, and how this impacts workers’ experiences. Guided by political economy and critical sociological approaches to dualisms, the paper...
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