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Japanese Language and Soft Power in Asia

Editors: Hashimoto, Kayoko (Ed.)

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  • Examines how Japanese functions as a key element of Japanese soft power in Asia
  • Offers an interdisciplinary perspective on Japan’s language policies and broader social, economic and political processes
  • Considers the future of Japanese as a form of soft power in Asia as the country prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
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About this book

This cutting edge collection considers how the Japanese language functions as a key element of Japanese soft power in Asia. Within Japanese culture itself, the promotion of language has been an area of ambivalence. This interdisciplinary book looks across the fields of language policy, language teaching, socio-linguistics, cultural studies and history to identify the links between Japan’s language policies and broader social, economic and political processes. It examines the challenges that undermine Japan’s potential soft power by identifying a gap between the “official Japan” portrayed by the Japanese government and the “cultural Japan” that foreigners perceive. It also reveals historical continuity in the way Japanese language is perceived and promoted by policy makers and how the current practices of Japanese language teaching in Asian countries have been shaped within the framework of “international exchange”, which has been a key concept in Japanese foreign policies since the 1970s. It particularly considers the concept of ‘Cool Japan’ as a symbol of Japan’s interpretation of its cultural power and offers a thoughtful assessment of the future of Japanese as a form of soft power in Asia as the country prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

About the authors

Dr Kayoko Hashimoto is Lecturer at School of Languages and Cultures, University of Queensland, Australia. Her main research areas are language policies and Japan’s educational policies. She has been Asian Studies Review Language and Education Thematic & Review Editor since 2013.

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“This book’s biggest strength lies in its comprehensive, current outlook on Japanese language as soft power. … the book offers valuable insights into issues which have remained largely unexplored. For those wishing to obtain a sound, comprehensive understanding of and appreciation for current Japan and its attempts in creating and exercising soft power, this is an indispensable read.” (Mitsuyo Sakamoto, newbooks.asia, July 3, 2020)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Why Language Matters in Soft Power

    Pages 1-12

    Hashimoto, Kayoko

  • Cool Japan Versus the China Threat: Does Japan’s Popular Culture Success Mean More Soft Power?

    Pages 15-41

    Groot, Gerry

  • Cool Japan and Japanese Language: Why Does Japan Need “Japan Fans”?

    Pages 43-62

    Hashimoto, Kayoko

  • Japanese Language Education in the Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere and the Kokuji Mondai (National Script Problem)

    Pages 65-81

    Hovhannisyan, Astghik

  • Media and Cultural Policy and Japanese Language Education in Japanese-Occupied Singapore, 1942–1945

    Pages 83-102

    Matsuoka, Masakazu

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Hardcover 114,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-981-10-5085-5
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Softcover 114,39 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Japanese Language and Soft Power in Asia
Editors
  • Kayoko Hashimoto
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-5086-2
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-5086-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-5085-5
Softcover ISBN
978-981-13-5315-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 207
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour
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