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This multidisciplinary collection of essays represents studies on Japan and Korea mainly from the Nordic countries, but also from other parts of Europe, and from the USA, Canada, Korea and Japan. The full range of contemporary Japanese studies is covered, from history, literature and philosophy to sociology, political science and linguistics. Within each discipline there is a diversity of offerings. Also represented are essays on the Korean language and on the Ryukyuan language.
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Part 1 Linguistics: acquisition of spatial expression by Japanese-speaking children; nominal syntax with special regard to nominative constructions; the importance of a Korean source on the Ryukyuan languages; subjective or objective - a comparison of utterance types in Japanese and Norwegian; diachronic correspondence in the Japanese dialects; spontaneity and causativity; lexical accent assignment in standard Japanese. Part 2 Literature: young and politically incorrect - Oe Kenzaburo's "Early Heroes"; a genealogy of "Sokkyo Shijin" in the world of Mori Ogai - from translation to creative writing; the lyric voice in modern Japanese poetry; varieties of national narrative in Meiji Japan; marriages made in Otogizoshi (Japanese fairy tales); Mishima Yukio and Raymond Radiguet. Part 3 Culture and society: the control of Danish subsidiaries in Japan - socio-cultural interfaces; Ninsokuyoseba - how Kamagasaki works; RI and KI in Japanese thought; the mythical contruction of tradition and contemporary Japanese international relations; Japanese-style democracy; the unique, the ordinary and general lessons from Tokyo urbanism; applying hermeneutics to the studies of discourses on welfare.

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