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Japan Documents Handbook Series


The Japan Documents Publishing Handbook Series focuses on the broad field of Japanese Studies, aimed at the worldwide English language scholarly market, published in Tokyo in English. The aim is to publish an average of six such peer-reviewed volumes per annum. Each Handbook will contain an average of 20 newly written contributions on various aspects of the topic, which together will comprise an up-to-date survey of use to scholars and students. The focus will be on Humanities and Social Sciences. Each Handbook will be published in print and digital editions simultaneously, both in Japan and in North America and Europe.  

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Available titles:

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Handbook of Japan-Russia Relations 

(9784909286345, Kazuhiko Togo, University of Shizuoka; and Dmitry Streltsov,  MGIMO University, editors, October, 2023)



The Annotated Constitution of Japan: A Handbook (9784909286185, Colin P.A. Jones,  Doshisa University Law School, editor, June, 2023)


Handbook of Environmental History in Japan  

(9784909286147, Fujihara Tatushi,  Kyoto University, editor, April, 2023)

Reconsidering Postwar Japanese History: A Handbook 

(9784909286208, Simon Avenell, Australian National University, editor, March, 2023)

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Handbook of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Women Writers

(9784909286161, Rebecca Copeland, Washington University in St. Louis, editor, December, 2022)

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Handbook of Japanese Christian Writers

(9784909286109, Mark Williams, International Christian University; Van Gessel, Brigham Young University; and Yamane Michihiro, Notre Dame University, Okayama, editors, September, 2022)

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Handbook of Japanese Media and Popular Culture in Transition

(9784909286048, Forum Mithani, Cardiff University, and Griseldis Kirsch, SOAS, editors, June 2022)

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Handbook of Confucianism in Modern Japan

(9784909286086  Shaun O'Dwyer, Associate Professor, Kyushu University, editor; February 2022)

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Handbook of Higher Education in Japan

(9784909286000, Paul Snowden, Emeritus Professor, Waseda University, editor; September 2021)

Forthcoming titles:


​      Autumn 2023

  • Handbook of Japanese Public Administration and Bureaucracy (9784909286246, Mieko Nakabayashi, Waseda University and Hideaki Tanaka, Meiji University, editors)

  • Handbook of Contemporary Japanese Diplomacy: The 2010s (9784909286321, Tosh Minohara, Kobe University, editor)

  • Handbook of Japanese Security (9784909286567, Leszek Buszynski, Australian National University, editor)

  • Handbook of Sport and Japan (9784909286222, Helen Macnaughtan and Verity Postlethwaite, SOAS University of London, editors)

  • Handbook of Japanese Martial Arts (9784909286505, Alexander Bennett, Kansai University, editor)

  • Handbook of Japanese Feminisms (9784909286123, Andrea Germer, Heinrich Heine University and Ulrike Wöhr, Hiroshima City University, editors)

      Winter 20232024

  • Handbook of Disaster Studies in Japan (9784909286307, Paola Cavaliere, Osaka University and Junko Otani, Osaka University, editors;)

  • Handbook of Japan’s Environmental Law, Policy, and Politics (9784909286345, Hiroshi Ohta, Waseda University, editor)

  • Handbook of Europe-Japan Relations (9784909286543, Lars Vargö, Institute for Security and Development Policy, Japan Center, editor)

  • Handbook of Crime and Punishment in Japan (9784909286260, Tom Ellis, University of Portsmouth and Akira Kyo, Kwansei Gakuin University, editors)

  • Teaching Japan: A Handbook (9784909286468, Gregory Poole, Doshisha University, and Ioannis Gaitanidis, Chiba University, editors)

      Spring 2024

  • Handbook of Human Rights and Japan (9784909286444, Tamara Swenson, Osaka Jogakuin University, editor;)

  • Handbook of Japanese Games and Gaming (9784909286529, Rachael Hutchinson, University of Delaware, editor)

  • Handbook of Women in Japanese Buddhism (9784909286482, Monika Schrimpf, Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, and Emily Simpson, Harvard University, editors)

  • Handbook of Japanese Tourism (9784909286581, Hideto Fujii, Meiji University, editor)

  • Handbook of Japanese Civil Society (9784909286604, Simon Avenell, Australian National Univerity, and Akihiro Ogawa, University of Melbourne, editors)

  • Handbook of Japanese Labor Practices: Changing Perceptions (9784909286628, Robin Sakamoto, Kyorin University, editor)

      Autumn 2024/Winter 2024-2025

  • The Advent of Sound in Japanese Cinema: A Handbook (9784909286642, Sean O’Reilly, Akita International University, editor)

  • Handbook of Global Migration and Japan (9784909286666, Shinnosuke Takahashi, Victoria University of Wellington and Yasuko Hassall Kobayashi, Ritsumeikan University, editors)

  • Handbook of Work and Leisure in Japan (9784909286680, Nana Okura Gagne, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Isaac Gagne, German Institute of Japanese Studies, editors)

      Spring 2025

  • Handbook of Japanese Aesthetics (9784909286703, Melinda Landeck, Austin College, editor)

  • Handbook of Japanese Architecture (9784909286710, Ari Seligmann, Monash University, editor)

  • Handbook of Modern Japan-Korea Relations (9784909286697, Mark Caprio, Rikkyo University, and Robert Winstanley-Chesters, Leeds University)



Proposals for additional titles/projects are actively encouraged. Please contact:

Mark Gresham, (+81) (0) 3-3518-9449

Managing Director, MHM Limited 


Bennett Richardson,

Commissioning Editor, Japan Documents / MHM Limited

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