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Introduction (1): Japanese STS in Global, East Asian, and Local Contexts

This article by Togo Tsukahara introduces a set of articles published in East Asian Science, Technology and Society in 2009, and asks what constitutes "Asian STS" broadly and Japanese STS specifically. These articles are products of the workshop "Toward a Trans-Asian...Read more

STS in Japan and East Asia: Governance of Science and Technology and Public Engagement

This 2009 article by Yuko Fujigaki describes the development of Japanese STS from the 1980s up to the planning processes for the 2010 4S Meeting in Tokyo. The article also focuses on analyzing historical case studies (Minamata disease, itai-itai disease, the Monju nuclear power plant incidents)...Read more

Darwin Commemorations and Three Generations of Historians of Biology

In this article, Akihisa Setoguchi discusses the history of biology in Japan in terms of three generations of historians defined by their relationship to Darwinism from 1909 to 2009. Specifically, he focuses on their respective assessments of the influence of Edward Sylvester Morse, who...Read more

Environmental Sociology in Japan and Environmental Problems in Asian Societies

This paper discusses typical aspects of environmental sociology in Japan and what characteristics can be found in Japanese environmental problems when they are viewed from their relation to environmental

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Life of the Metabolism

Life of the Metabolism: An Experimental Inquiry into Mobility (<Special Theme>Hybrid Bodies)

Auther: Gergely Mohacsi

Keywords: diabetes, embodiment, epidemiology, genetic research, mobility, Japan

In the past decade and a half, anthropology, along with other human...Read more

Bunkajinruigaku (Japanese Journal of Cultural Anthropology), Special issues

Bunkajinruigaku has published several special issues on anthropologies of science and technology since the late 2000s . A search of the J-stage archives for “科学技術(science and technology)” yielded the following (all in Japanese): 2007 Anthropology of Science and Technology (ed. Kimio Miyatake), 71 (...Read more
The Butterfly and the Frigate: Social Studies of Science in Japan

In this 1989 "Country Report," Low argues that "despite some exceptions, much of the stimulating work on Japanese science has come from outside the country."  (313) Low explains that literature in Japan on Japanese science serves to mystify science and perpetuate stereotypical banaries such as "...Read more

Work in Progress: Proposal for Comparative Studies on East Asia STS

This article proposes a qualitative/quantative analysis of articles published in the Journal of Science and Technology Studiesa Japanese language STS journal, and East Asian Science, Technology, and Society to gain a grasp on what might constitute "East Asian Science...Read more

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