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Asahi Shinbun—English edition

Japan Focus is a peer-reviewed electronic journal and fully-indexed webzine on Japan and the Asia Pacific. Ranging widely across the geopolitics, political economy, history, society, culture, and international relations of the Asia Pacific….it provides translations from Japanese and other languages as well as reprints of important articles.(You should enter your e-mail on the home page to subscribe to their weekly newsletter.)

Genron is an English-based web portal for critical discourse in Japan, managed by Tokyo-based publishing company Contectures LLC. Intimately coordinated with Shisouchizu beta, the journal published in Japanese by Contectures since 2010 dedicated to critical discourse in Japan, it will present ambitious and cutting-edge articles translated into English that capture the “here and now” in Japan and its society.

JFissures: While we are observing the new impetus of global uprising against capitalism and the state, the catastrophic situation is arising in Japan. Triggered by the earthquake and tsunami of maximal scale, Northeastern part of Honshu has been devastated by the increasing number of losses and refugees, and the worsening nuclear disaster. The activity of the planet has shown not only its unequivocal nonhuman force but also the degree in which our societies and their apparatuses forged by capitalism are relying on, merging with, implicated in and expanding over the planet in an extremely ominous manner. What the so-called natural disaster is showing on this occasion is nothing but the implication of the apparatus in the environment and its fatal effects.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientist’s Doomsday Clock conveys how close humanity is to catastrophic destruction–the figurative midnight–and monitors the means humankind could use to obliterate itself. First and foremost, these include nuclear weapons, but they also encompass climate-changing technologies and new developments in the life sciences and nanotechnology that could inflict irrevocable harm.

Critical Asian Studies (formerly the Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars)…remains true to the mission that was articulated for the journal in 1967 by the Committee of Concerned Asian Scholars:

  • to develop a humane and knowledgeable understanding of Asian societies and their efforts to maintain cultural integrity and to confront such problems as poverty, oppression, and imperialism
  • to create alternatives to the prevailing trends in scholarship on Asia, which too often spring from a parochial cultural perspective and serve selfish interests and expansionism
  • In this spirit Critical Asian Studies welcomes submissions that challenge the accepted formulas for understanding the Asia and Pacific regions, the world, and ourselves.

JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. (Requires proxy log-in if off campus)

UVa East Asia Center was founded in 1975 to provide a forum for faculty and student interest in East and Southeast Asia. The Center sponsors a speaker series and travel grants, and promotes activities and events related to Asia. The Center is an interdisciplinary organization of faculty, each of whom is a full member of a department. Asia-related courses are taught as part of the various departmental curricula.