Japan's Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century: Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline

by Peter Matanle and Anthony Rausch with the Shrinking Regions Research Group

About Peter Matanle

Peter Matanle is a lecturer at the University of Sheffield’s School of East Asian Studies. Dr. Matanle’s research interests focus on the economic sociology and cultural geography of work in Japan and the United Kingdom. He is the author of several publications in these fields, including Japanese Capitalism and Modernity in a Global Era: Refabricating Lifetime Employment Relations (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003), Perspectives on Work, Employment, and Society in Japan (Palgrave, 2006; co-edited with Wim Lunsing); and "Coming to a City Near You: Learning to Live Beyond Growth in Japan's Shrinking Regions" (Social Science Japan Journal, 2010). He is also the founder and general editor of the Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies (www.japanesestudies.org.uk).

About Anthony Raush

Anthony Rausch is an associate professor at Hirosaki University, Japan. He holds a PhD from Monash University. He is the author of A Year with the Local Newspaper and coauthor of The Birth of Tsugaru Shamisen Music and Tsugaru: Regional Identity on Japan’s Northern Periphery.

About the Shrinking Regions Research Group

The Shrinking Regions Research Group comprises the following scholars from Europe, East Asia, and North America:

• Andrew David (US International Trade Commission)

• Philomena deLima (University of the Highlands and Islands, UK),

• Martin Dusinberre (Newcastle University, UK)

• Neil Evans (Leeds Metropolitan University, UK)

• Thomas Feldhoff (Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany)

• Christopher P. Hood (Cardiff University, UK)

• Richard Irving (Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan)

• Thomas Jones (Meiji University, Japan)

• John Knight (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)

• Peter Matanle (University of Sheffield, UK)

• Sachie Mizohata (Paris Descartes University, France)

• Naofumi Nakamura (University of Tokyo, Japan)

• Ken Ohori (University of Tokyo, Japan)

• Anthony S. Rausch (Hirosaki University, Japan)

• Philip Seaton (Hokkaido University, Japan)

• Yoko Sellek (White Rose East Asia Centre, UK)

• Richard Siddle (Hokkaido University, Japan)

• Donald C. Wood (Akita University, Japan)


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