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Michigan Classics in Japanese Studies (Series)

All too often landmark works of scholarship are allowed to go out of print or become so expensive that they cannot be used in the undergraduate classroom. Michigan Classics in Japanese Studies is designed to remedy the situation by making works of lasting value available again in attractive, reasonably priced, uniform paperback editions. We continue to add titles, and, thus, if you have favorite works you would like to see included, please let us know.

Center for Japanese Studies

The Publications Program of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan publishes research on Japan by scholars around the world. Works currently appear in print in three series (Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies, Michigan Papers in Japanese Studies, and Michigan Classics in Japanese Studies) and as nonseries publications. Center books have been reviewed in The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, and World Literature Today, as well as in all the major journals on Japanese and Asian studies. Over one hundred universities and colleges have adopted Center titles as textbooks for classes on Japanese language, literature, and culture. The Center also publishes materials of special interest to industry, government, and the general public. The Center published its first book in 1950.

Other CJS series with UMP include:
Michigan Monograph Series in Japanese Studies
Michigan Papers in Japanese Studies


For information on submitting a proposal or manuscript, please visit our guidelines here: https://ii.umich.edu/cjs/publications/submit-a-manuscript.html

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Christian Converts and Social Protests in Meiji Japan

Addresses the reasons for samurai warriors' turn to Christianity and the nature of conversion

Paradise in the Sea of Sorrow

Our Minamata Disease

A moving account of Minamata disease victims’ struggle for recognition and support in the years after mercury pollution was discovered in a group of fishing villages

The Splendor of Longing in the Tale of Genji

A study of the heroines and heroes in one of the world's literary masterpieces.

Victors’ Justice

The Tokyo War Crimes Trial

The first full-length treatment of the international war crimes tribunal held in Tokyo, 1946–48.

Government and Local Power in Japan, 500-1700

A Study Based on Bizen Province

An influential interpretation of premodern Japanese political and institutional history.

Japan in Crisis

Essays on Taisho Democracy

A classic study of culture and politics in early twentieth-century Japan.

Tokugawa Ideology

Early Constructs, 1570-1680

The classic study of seventeenth-century Japan.

Accomplices of Silence

The Modern Japanese Novel

A comprehensive critical discussion of the Japanese novel and its distinctiveness from Western literature.

They Came to Japan

An Anthology of European Reports on Japan, 1543-1640

A collection of European reports on Japan

Personality in Japanese History

A series of biographical sketches that portray the interaction of individual culturally induced motivation and social history.   

Research in Japanese Sources

A Guide

An extremely useful handbook for the trickier issues facing scholars, researchers, and students of Japan

The Economic Development of Japan

Growth and Structural Change, 1868-1938

A substantial contribution to the study of Japan's extraordinary economic expansion since the Meiji Restoration

Education in Tokugawa Japan

A detailed and insightful examination of Tokugawa period education

Okagami, The Great Mirror

Fujiwara Michinaga (966-1027) and His Times

A historical tale immortalizing the successes of a leading political figure of the Heian period


From Prehistory to Modern Times

Traces the principal threads of Japan's political and cultural life from early times through the mid-twentieth century.

Kafu the Scribbler

The Life and Writings of Nagai Kafu, 1897–1959

A hybrid of critical biography and translation of Nagai Kafū’s work