Japan’s election on July 10, 2016 for the House of Councillors saw yet another decisive election victory for the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, making him one of the most successful leaders in the democratic world.
Using two excerpts by contemporary authors, Francesca Pierini examines our perception of knowledge, and the ways in which it can both empower and limit a society.
Dr. George D. Chryssides discusses the emergence of new religions and cults with IAFOR Chairman Stuart D.B. Picken in an IAFOR Video Interview.
Qin Qin examines the setbacks, progress and influence of queer film in China, from Zhang Yuan’s East Palace, West Palace of the 1990s, to the new media regulations of 2016 which prohibit representation of “abnormal sexual relationships”.
Michael Liam Kedzlie assesses Australia’s surprise selection of DCNS, France over Mitsubishi, Japan, to build its next generation of submarines, replacing the current 1996 Collins class.
Theron Fairchild finds that the narratives surrounding the atomic weapons used against Japan vary in accuracy, each with histories of their own, influenced by political, social, economic, moral, and speculative arguments.
David McCormack gives a short history of General Douglas MacArthur’s administration of Japan and his six decades on the throne as a ‘man of the people’.
Arthur Shattuck O’Keefe examines how the theme of the individual versus authority in the works of Mark Twain has relevance not only to the world Twain lived in, but to our own, and to human society generally.
Qiang Fu looks at the depiction of consumerism in Jean Rhys’s novels. Does it indicate an evolving capitalist culture or does it challenge us to determine the status of resistance and complicity within capitalist and imperialist regimes?
Dr. Alexandre Avdulov gives a short history of the globalisation of Chanoyu, better known as Japanese tea ceremony, and argues that the practice has provided great potential for intercultural communication.
Michael Liam Kedzlie gives an account of USAF operations the morning of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan.