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This series focuses on the broad field of Japanese Studies, aimed at the worldwide English language scholarly market, published in Tokyo in English. Each Handbook will contain an average of 20 newly written contributions on various aspects of the topic, which together comprise an up-to-date survey of use to scholars and students. The focus is on Humanities and Social Sciences.

Handbook of Higher Education in Japan (Edited by Paul Snowden)

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September 2021 

446 p. Hardback

ISBN: 978-4-909286-00-0

¥28,875 (tax included)

This Handbook tells the story in 25 chapters of how Japan‘s HE system has become what it is now, ending with a very tentative glimpse into the rest of the 21st century. A variety of themes are covered by scholars—both established, senior figures and younger researchers with their own fresh look at current circumstances. Chapters that concentrate on governance look at the distinction between “national,” “public,” and “private” institutions; others consider important topics such as internationalization, student recruitment, faculty mobility. More innovative topics include “Women of Color Leading in Japanese Higher Education.” All provide copious references to other authorities, but rather than just toe the conventional line they include opinions and proposals that may be contentious or even revolutionary. The editor provides an overview of the subject and its treatment in an Introduction.

Editor: Paul Snowden

Paul Snowden studied Modern and Medieval Languages at King’s College, Cambridge. Apart from the first five years of his career, he has lived and worked in Japan as a university teacher and administrator, and author or editor of numerous dictionaries, textbooks and other Japan-related works. He worked longest (30 years) at Waseda University, where he served two terms as Dean of the School of International Liberal Studies—the first foreign national to hold such a post at that university—and has been Emeritus Professor since 2014. His most recent post was Vice-President of Kyorin University. He retired in 2020 and now acts as a director for the Japan campus of Lakeland University, Wisconsin.


Ashizawa Shingo, Toyo University; Thomas Brotherhood, Oxford University; Jeremy Breaden, Monash University; Malcom Field, Kyorin University; Ian H. Frank, Future University Hakodate; Fukui Fumitake, Kamakura Women’s University; Roger Goodman, Oxford University; Christopher D. Hammond, Aoyama Gakuin University; Robert Higgins, Kwansei Gakuin University; Andrew Horvat, Josai International University; James C. House, Meiji University; Ishikura Yukiko, Osaka University; Kawano Mako, Kyoto University; Kim Yangson, Hiroshima University; Mito Takamichi, Kwansei Gakuin University; Morita Norimasa, Waseda University; Francisco Naranjo-Escobar, Lakeland University Japan; Chinami Oka, Oxford University; Ota Hiroshi, Hitotsubashi University; Gregory Poole, Doshisha University; Sato Machi, Kyoto University; Shima Sonoko, Showa Women’s University; Shimada Norihisa, Ritsumeikan University; Bruce Stronach, Temple University Japan; Yamada Reiko, Doshisha University; Jennifer Yphantides, Soka University.

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