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This book brings together contributions from leading authors in a range of fields related to Japan and the United Kingdom. Adopting a comparative perspective, it tackles topics ranging from the politics of opposition, democracy, immigration and citizenship, to education, sportsmanship and popular culture, as well as issues of immigration and identity. Each chapter presents and clarifies the differences, similarities and exchanges between the two countries to emphasise that, though little exists in isolation in this global age, in-depth knowledge of particular regions remains vital. This book argues for a deeper understanding of the UK and Japan in pursuit of hope, and casts a reflection on the self and one's own sense of place and identity. It will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in cross-cultural theory and comparisons between Japan and the United Kingdom.

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Foreword
Chapter 1: The Japanese Constitution in Comparison with the UK Constitution

Contents:

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • About the Editor
  • About the Contributors
  • List of Figures
  • List of Tables
  • History:
    • The Japanese Constitution in Comparison with the UK Constitution (Ichizo Takayama)
    • The British Empire and the Commonwealth (Norio Osako)
  • Politics:
    • A Comparison of Opposition Parties in Japan and the UK (Robert W Aspinall)
    • Immigration and Free Movement: How Will Brexit Affect them? (Ryo Sasaki)
  • Culture:
    • Some Characteristics of Comic Books in the UK and Japan (Sean Michael Wilson)
  • Internationalisation:
    • A Comparative Study of Transformation of Academic Productivity in Research Universities in the UK and Japan (Akira Arimoto)
    • Internationalisation and Overseas Students of Higher Education in Japan and the UK (Akito Okada)
  • Sports and Sportsmanship:
    • The History of Japanese Swordsmanship and the Bushidō Spirit (Ichizo Takayama)
    • Sportsmanship and Amateurism (Norio Ikeno)
  • Education:
    • Primary and Secondary Education: A Comparison of Education Systems of Japan and the UK (Hajime Furusaka)
    • New Classifications of Universities in the UK and Japan (Yumiko Hada)
  • Personal Growth:
    • The Gap Year in the UK and Japan (Norio Osako)
    • Citizens and Citizenship (Norio Ikeno)
  • Language:
    • Linguistic Diversity in the UK and Japan (Michael Hofmeyr)
    • A Comparison of Foreign-Language Education Policy in Japan and England (Robert W Aspinall)
  • The Commonwealth:
    • British Schools in a Commonwealth Country: Sri Lanka as a Case Study (Suvendrini Kakuchi)
  • Women:
    • Leadership and Professional Opportunities for Women at Universities in Japan and in the UK (Yumiko Hada)
  • Conclusion:
    • In Search of a Second or Third Place (Sam Bamkin)
  • Index

Readership: Scholars, teachers, researchers and undergraduate and postgraduate students in area studies, education, politics, cross-cultural theory, and international relations; government officials; readers interested in learning more about Japan and the United Kingdom.

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FRONT MATTER
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Part I: History


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Chapter 1: The Japanese Constitution in Comparison with the UK Constitution
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Chapter 2: The British Empire and the Commonwealth
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Part II: Politics


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Chapter 3: A Comparison of Opposition Parties in Japan and the UK
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Chapter 4: Immigration and Free Movement: How Will Brexit Affect Them?
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Part III: Culture


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Chapter 5: Some Characteristics of Comic Books in the UK and Japan
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Part IV: Internationalisation


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Chapter 6: A Comparative Study of Transformation of Academic Productivity in Research Universities in the UK and Japan
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Chapter 7: Internationalisation and Overseas Students of Higher Education in Japan and the UK
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Part V: Sports and Sportsmanship


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Chapter 8: The History of Japanese Swordsmanship and the Bushidō Spirit
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Chapter 9: Sportsmanship and Amateurism
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Part VI: Education


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Chapter 10: Primary and Secondary Education: A Comparison of Education Systems of Japan and the UK
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Chapter 11: New Classifications of Universities in the UK and Japan
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Part VII: Personal Growth


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Chapter 12: The Gap Year in the UK and Japan
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Chapter 13: Citizens and Citizenship
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Part VIII: Language


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Chapter 14: Linguistic Diversity in the UK and Japan
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Chapter 15: A Comparison of Foreign-Language Education Policy in Japan and England
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Part IX: The Commonwealth


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Chapter 16: British Schools in a Commonwealth Country: Sri Lanka as a Case Study
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Part X: Women


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Chapter 17: Leadership and Professional Opportunities for Women at Universities in Japan and in the UK
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Conclusion


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Chapter 18: In Search of a Second or Third Place
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About the Editor

Yumiko Hada is a researcher of comparative education and a specialist on UK higher education. She is currently Professor and Head of Graduate School of English Language & Literature, Doshisha Women's College, and Director of the Research Institute for Japan, the UK and Europe (RIJUE) (http://www.rijue-japan.org) and Agora Brenannika since 2011 (http://www.eonet.ne.jp/~agorabretannika/). She received her MSc from the University of Oxford and her PhD from the University of Tokyo. She was also awarded by the Department of State, American Embassy in Tokyo in 1982 for her excellent work results, and the Education Award by the University of Osaka and Soroptimist International. She was also featured on the TV broadcast, "NHK Today's Close-up".

 

About the Contributors

Sir Ivor Martin Crewe is Deputy Lieutenant, FAcSS, and President of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was the ex-Master of University College, Oxford, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Essex and a Professor in the Department of Government at Essex. At Essex, Crewe was director of the ESRC Data Archive from 1974 to 1982, and co-director of the British Election Study from 1973 to 1981. He was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 2006 New Year Honours. He has undertaken extensive research on elections and voting behaviour in the United Kingdom and was editor and co-editor of the British Journal of Political Science from 1977 to 1982 and from 1984 to 1992 respectively.

 

Akira Arimoto is Advisor to President at Hyogo University and Director and Professor of Research Institute for Higher Education (RIHE); Professor Emeritus of Hiroshima University and Kurashiki Sakuyo University (KSU); President of the National Association of RIHE; and Representative of Higher Eduction Research Assocation. He was previously Director and Professor at RIHE of Hiroshima University; Associate Member of the Japan Council of Science; President of Japanese Association of Higher Education Research (JAHER) and Japan Society for the Study of Educational Sociology (JSSES); UNESCO's Global Scientific Committee Member and Chair in Asian and Pacific Region; Springer's editorial board member of the Changing Academy (series editor); and Visiting Fellow to Yale University, Max Planck Institute and Lancaster University (Nitobe Fellow, International House of Japan).

 

Robert W Aspinall is Professor at Doshisha University, Kyoto. He received his masters' degrees from the University of Manchester and the University of Essex, and a doctorate from St. Antony's College, Oxford. His main areas of research are the educational and political systems of Japan and the UK.

 

Sam Bamkin is Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Research Scholar, Graduate School of Education, University of Tokyo; Adjunct Research Fellow, Research and Clinical Center for Child Development, Hokkaido University; Visiting Lecturer in Intercultural Communication, Leicester Castle Business School, and De Montfort University; and Churchill Fellow. He was formerly Senior Lecturer in Education, Department of Education, De Montfort University.

 

Hajime Furusaka is Specialist, Overseas Education Research, Analytical Research Division, Education Policy Bureau, Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science and Technology, Japan, Research Fellow, National Institute for Educational Policy Research Japan, and Visiting Lecturer, Toho University. He received his LLB from Chuo University and MA from Waseda University.

 

Michael Hofmeyr is Associate Professor, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University. He teaches English for academic purposes as well as courses in general linguistics. He holds an MA from the University of St Andrews and an MSc in Modern Japanese Studies from the University of Oxford and has published articles on innovative approaches for encouraging critical thinking in the Japanese classroom context. His most recent research is situated in the field of computer-assisted language learning.

 

Norio Ikeno is Professor at Nippon Sport Science University, where he teaches classes on social studies education and elementary education. He was previously Distinguished Professor at Hiroshima University, and worked at Hiroshima University for over 30 years. He was also the president of the Japan Educational Research Association for the Social Studies, 2011–2014, and the Japan Curriculum Research and Development Association, 2018–2021.

 

Suvendrini Kakuchi is Tokyo Correspondent for University World News. A Sri Lankan journalist and author based in Japan, the focus of her reporting and research is on education, environment, gender-related topics and Japan-Asia relations. She was the recipient of the Nieman Fellowship, Harvard University, in 1997.

 

Akito Okada is Professor, the Institute of Global Studies, Graduate School, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. An alumnus of the Department of Education, Oxford University, he completed his DPhil in Comparison and International Education in 1998 under the supervision of Professor Roger Goodman and Professor David Phillips. He is central coordinator for the international students' education program (ISEP TUFS),and is responsible for the delivery of lectures from the doctoral to undergraduate and research students. His research interests include comparative and international education, intercultural communication, education reform and policy, international student education and education for international understanding.

 

Norio Osako is Professor, Ikuei Junior College; Visiting Lecturer, Takasaki City University of Commerce; and Member of Subcommittee for Evaluation System Improvement, Japan Institution for Higher Education Evaluation. He received his BA and MA from Waseda University in 1995 and 1998 respectively. His areas of expertise are higher education and comparative education.

 

Ryo Sasaki is Lecturer at University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo. He has a BA in Russian and East European Area Studies (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice (University of York, UK), and a PhD in Law (Chuo University, Japan). He majored in international human rights law, focusing on domestic implementation of international human rights conventions, equality and non-discrimination, and human rights protection in a multicultural society.

 

Ichizo Takayama is a representative of the Asunaro Research Office for International Liberal Studies. Formerly a professor at Kansai Gaidai University, he holds an LLB from the University of Tokyo, 1983, and a LLM from Duke University School of Law, 1989. His areas of expertise are international trade law, Anglo-American law, constitutional law and martial arts.

 

Sean Michael Wilson is an award-winning comic book and manga writer. He has written more than 40 books with a variety of US, UK and Japanese publishers and has been nominated for both the Eisner and Harvey book awards. He holds a BA(Hon) in Social Sciences from Glasgow Caledonian University, an MSC in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh, and a PCGE from University College London. He was the first British person to win an International Manga Award from the Japanese government in 2017. He received the Scottish Samurai Award in 2020.