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The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
In-depth critical analysis of the forces shaping the Asia-Pacific...and the world.


April 20, 2015

The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

Critical analysis of the forces shaping the Asia-Pacific and the world. The Asia-Pacific Journal explores the geopolitics, economics, history, society, culture, international relations and environment of the modern and contemporary Asia-Pacific.

The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. Contributions are tax deductible. This peer-reviewed, open source journal is a fully indexed resource. Its website contains more than 3,000 articles. What's Hot leverages the online, open source format to present concise interventions on breaking contemporary events that complement longer and more fully annotated articles. Course Readers make the best work of the journal accessible to teachers and students for classroom use. In addition to articles prepared for the journal, it offers translations from Japanese, Chinese, Korean and other languages.

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The Editors


Andrew DeWit Rikkyo University, Tokyo,


Norma Field University of Chicago,


Geoffrey Gunn University of Macau,


Laura Hein Northwestern University, Chicago,


Jeff Kingston Temple University, Tokyo,

Gavan McCormack Australian National University, Canberra,


David McNeill Sophia University, Tokyo,


Matthew Penney Concordia University, Montreal,


Sonia Ryang Rice University, Houston,

Norimatsu Satoko, Peace Philosophy Center, Vancouver,


Mark Selden Cornell University, Ithaca,


Yuki Tanaka Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima,


Contributing Editors

Nobuko Adachi, Yonson Ahn, Matthew Allen, Andrea Arai, Cemil Aydin, Tim Beal, Herbert Bix, Vivian Blaxell, Heather Bowen-Struyk, John Breen, Mark Caprio, Jenny Chan, Zeljko Cipris, Bruce Cumings, John Dower, Alexis Dudden, Aya Ezawa, John Feffer, Ruediger Frank, Sabine Fruhstuck, Aaron Gerow, Tom Gill, Andrew Gordon, Mel Gurtov, Nanyan Guo, Kimie Hara, Michiko Hase, Peter Hayes, Julie Higashi, Linda Hoaglund, Christine Hong, Asato Ikeda, Jean Inglis, Sheila Miyoshi Jager, Rebecca Jennison, Paul Jobin, David Johnson, Eric Johnston, John Junkerman, Cary Karacas, Victor Koschmann, Heonik Kwon, Adam Lebowitz, Douglas Lummis, Vera Mackie, Noriko Manabe, Richard Minear, Jon Mitchell, Yuki Miyamoto, Mark Morris, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, R. Taggart Murphy, Chris Nelson, Yoshiko Nozaki, James Orr, Emanuel Pastreich, Michael Penn, Roger Pulvers, Miguel Quintana, Steve Rabson, Lawrence Repeta, Sven Saaler, Rumi Sakamoto, Peter Dale Scott, Philip Seaton, Ae-Gyung Shim, Aaron Skabelund, David Slater, Gregory Smits, David Adam Stott, Jae-Jung Suh, Akiko Takenaka, Mariko Tamanoi, Miyume Tanji, Richard Tanter, William Underwood, Vanessa Ward, Tomomi Yamaguchi, Brian Yecies.

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Recommended citation: Author, "Title," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 11, Issue 51 No 2, December 23, 2013 where Vol 11 refers to 2012, issue 51 to the 51st issue of the year and No 2 to the second article. For earlier articles, the recommended citation consists of author, title and date of publication.


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The Asia-Pacific Journal is the recipient of The Ryukyu Shimpo's first Ikemiyagi Syuui Prize. The award recognizes that "Japan Focus has made an outstanding worldwide contribution to proposing solutions to problems confronting Okinawa."



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