Japan Forum

Japan Forum is the official journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies. Its primary objective is to publish original research in the field of Japanese Studies, making available scholarship on Japan to an international readership of specialists and non-specialists. From 1996 Japan Forum has been published by Taylor and Francis, a major publisher in the area of Japanese Studies.

Japan Forum is multidisciplinary, publishing contributions from across the arts and humanities and social sciences. Articles range from archaeology, language, literature, philosophy and culture to history, economics, politics, international relations and law. Submissions from younger researchers as well as from established scholars are welcome, as are submissions that cross disciplinary boundaries or do not otherwise match the subject areas listed above. All submissions are independently refereed.

Notes for contributors and submission instructions are available on the Taylor and Francis website.

Japan Forum Editorial Team

After consideration of the expressions of interest received, BAJS Council awarded the Japan Forum Editorial Team to the School of Oriental and African Studies for 2014-17.

Japan Forum prizes

The Japan Forum Prize

Awarded by the British Association for Japanese Studies.

This prize was launched in 2001 as the Daiwa Japan Forum prize and is awarded for the best article submitted to Japan Forum during the year by a junior scholar.

Previous Winners:

2012 Tuukka Toivonen (2011) 'Don't let your child become a NEET!' The strategic foundations of a Japanese youth scare, Japan Forum, 23(3): 407-429., Japan Forum, 21(1): 115-141.
2011 Scot Hislop (2010) The pedagogical value of tsukinami haikai: learning cultural associations, Japan Forum, 22(3-4): 263-280.
2010 Ryan Holmberg (2009) Hear no, speak no: Sasaki Maki manga and nansensu, circa 1970, Japan Forum, 21(1): 115-141.
2009 Ekaterina Hertog (2008) The Worst Abuse against a Child is Absence of a Parent: How Unwed Mothers Evaluate their Decision to Have a Child outside Wedlock, Japan Forum, 20 (2): 193-217.
2008 Robert Tierney (2007) Ethnography, Borders, and Violence: Reading Between the Lines in Sato Haruo's Demon Bird, Japan Forum, 19 (1): 89-110.
2007 Simon Avenell (2006) Regional Egoism as the Public Good: Residents' Movements in Japan During the 1960s and 1970s, Japan Forum, 18 (1): 89-113.
2006 Philip Seaton (2005) Reporting the 2001 Textbook and Yasukuni Shrine Controversies: Japanese War Memory and Commemoration in the British Media, Japan Forum, 17 (3): 287-309.
2005 Michael Fisch (2004) In Search of the Real: Technology, Shock and Language in Murakami Haruki's Sputnik Sweetheart, Japan Forum, 16 (2): 363-81.

Mikiko Ashikari (2003) The Memory of the Women's White Faces: Japaneseness and the Ideal Image of Women, Japan Forum, 15 (1): 55-79.

2003 Christopher Jones (2002) Politicizing Travel and Climatizing Philosophy: Watsuji, Montesquieu and the European tour, Japan Forum, 14 (1): 41-62.

Charles Weathers (2001) The Last Gasp of Labor's Dual Strategy? Japan's 1997 Wage Setting Round, Japan Forum, 13 (2): 215-32.


David Rosenfeld (2000) Counter-Orientalism and Textual Play in Akutagawa's 'The Ball' (Bukokai), Japan Forum, 12 (1): 53-64.


The Toshiba International Foundation prize

Awarded by the British Association for Japanese Studies and The Toshiba International Foundation.

This prize ran from in 2002-2011 and was awarded for the best article submitted to Japan Forum during the year.


2011 David Leheny (2010) Terrorism risks and counterterrorism costs in post-9/11 Japan, Japan Forum, 22(1-2): 219-237.
2010 Aurelia George Mulgan (2009) The perils of Japanese politics, Japan Forum, 21(2): 183-207.
2009 Michael Bourdaghs (2008) Property and Sociological Knowledge: Natsume Soseki and the Gift of Narrative, Japan Forum, 20 (1): 79-101.
2008 Rachael Hutchinson (2007) Kurosawa Akira's One Wonderful Sunday: Censorship, Context and 'Counter-discursive' Film, Japan Forum, 19 (3): 369-89.
2007 Sharon Kinsella (2006) Minstrelized Girls: Male Performers of Japan's Lolita Complex, Japan Forum, 18 (1): 65-87.
2006 Amy L. Catalinac & Gerald Chan (2005) Japan, the West and the Whaling Issue: Inderstanding the Japanese Side, Japan Forum, 17 (1): 133-63.
2005 Rebecca L.Copeland (2004) Woman Uncovered: Pornography and Power in the Detective Fiction of Kirino Natsuo, Japan Forum, 16 (2): 249-69.
2004 Penelope Francks (2003) Rice for the Masses: Food Policy and the Adoption of Imperial Self-sufficiency, Japan Forum, 15 (1): 125-46.

Thomas Lamarre (2002) From Animation to Anime: Drawing Movements and Moving Drawings, Japan Forum, 14 (2): 329-67.


Adrian Pinnington (2001) Yoshimitsu, Benedict, Endo: Guilt, Shame and the Post-war Idea of Japan, Japan Forum, 13 (1): 91-106.