Vol.085 Special Feature: Challenges in Science Studies
  • Photographic Report
    The World of Charlie Chaplin
    by Hiroyuki Ono
  • Foreword
    Challenges in Science Studies
    by Hideto Nakajima
  • Special Feature: Challenges in Science Studies
    Where’s the Science? What Has Been Left Out of Science Technology Policy
    by Kenichi Hanioka
  • Science Studies Based on an Engineering Point of View by Naoki Miyano
  • The Future of Technology and Nature: As Seen From Arthur Ord-Hume’s Perpetual Motion by Hideto Nakajima
  • Discovering the Future Through Science: On Science as Culture by Satoshi Nozawa
  • Science and Democracy Since the Fukushima Disaster: Thoughts on the Confusion Surrounding the Victims Support Act by Hideyuki Hirakawa
  • Essays
    Nostalgia for the Days of Art Informel
    by Toru Haga
  • Rise and Fall of the Maritime City-State Venice by Shuji Takashina
  • Photo-essay
    Building on Nature and Culture Swimming Against the Tide: The Timeless Charms of Yufuin (Yufu City, Oita Prefecture)
    by Takashi Mikuriya
  • Articles
    The EU Referendum in the United Kingdom: The European Dimension
    by Pauline Schnapper


  • The Vote for Brexit: A Nostalgia for Empire or a Retreat to “Little England”? by Daisuke Ikemoto
  • Lies of Meiji History: On the Concept of Cycles by Kaoru Iokibe
  • Essays
    The Restoration of Kumamoto Castle: An Opportunity for a Standardized System to Preserve Japan’s Cultural Heritage
    by Jun Iio
  • Kyoto’s Strange “Foreign-Friendly” Hospitality by Masayuki Tadokoro
  • The Dangerous Perception Gaps Between Japan and China by Akio Takahara
  • Articles
    Reservations About the Press Freedom Index Rankings
    by Takumi Sato
  • The “Johnny’s” Entertainers Omnipresent on Japanese TV: Postwar Media and the Postwar Family by Yoshiki Shuto
  • Deterioration of Farming Skills in Japan by Yoshihisa Godo
  • Correspondence on Current Thought
    A Revival of the Thought of Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki Fifty Years After His Death?
    by Reiji Ando
  • What Socialism Has Left Behind: Consequences of the Historical Experiment to Eliminate Religion by Katsuhiko Takizawa
  • Irrational Democracy by Kentaro Maeda
  • Essays
    The “Beginning” of History and the “End” of History: Thoughts on Cultural Turning Points
    by Hiroshi Watanabe
  • The Architectural Heritage of Le Corbusie by Terunobu Fujimori
  • Artificial Intelligence and Counterfeiting: Producing “New” Works by Mishima or Tanizaki? by Daisaburo Okumoto
  • Correspondence
    A Dialogue of Bill Emmott and Masayuki Tadokoro: The UK and Europe After Brexit


  • Serial
    Philosophy of Rhythm Notes: Part 8, Rhythm and Freedom (or, Philosophy and Common Sense)
    by Masakazu Yamazaki
  • Forum Report
    Reexamining Japan in Global Context Part 9: Future Challenges for Medical Care

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