Each volume is selected,
introduced, and annotated by an editor to introduce a complex topic, using
the resources of the Asia-Pacific Journal.
Volume 14, Japan and the American-led Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,
edited by Marie Thorsten, surveys the controversies that arose because the
Japanese government supported the two American wars despite considerable
domestic opposition. Much of the tension revolved around the government's
move to abandon Japan's postwar commitment to pacifism, re-igniting a
long-running conflict over the proper relationship between citizen and
state in Japan. The wars also raised-without resolving-the issue of
Japan's relationship with the rest of Asia in new ways.
Volume 15, The Ainu People:
Indignity, Culture and Politics,
edited by Noboru Tomonari presents the history of Japanese government
policy toward the Ainu since the Tokugawa period, the experience of the
Ainu in Imperial Japan, social issues of the late twentieth century, as
well as Ainu cultural representations of themselves in the past and today.