Vol.086 Special Feature: Power and Popular Opinion
  • Photographic Report
    Revisiting a Medieval Art Form: The Daimokutate Dramatic Performance
    by Yukiko Okimoto
  • Preface
    Power and Popular Opinion
    by Satoshi Machidori
  • Special Feature: Power and Popular Opinion
    When Popular Opinion Threatens Democracy: European Populism and Plebiscites
    by Jiro Mizushima
  • The Trump Revolution and the Two-Party System in the United States by Hiroshi Okayama
  • The Politics of the Duterte Regime in the Philippines: The Evolution of Politics since the People Power Revolution and Democratization by Yusuke Takagi
  • Chinese Populism in the Internet Age by Tomoko Ako
  • The Administration of Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike and the Voice of the People by Toshiyuki Kanai
  • Essays
    Basho’s Haiku and Its French Translation
    by Toru Haga
  • The “Beheading Cult” in Western Art and Literature by Shuji Takashina
  • Photo-essay
    Islands, People, and the Passage of Time: A Visit to the Holy Island of Toshijima (Toba, Mie Prefecture)
    by Naoyuki Agawa
  • Articles
    Lies of Meiji History: Talking in 5/7/5 in Haiku
    by Kaoru Iokibe
  • Toward a Better National Archive System: In Reference to Great Britain by Sochi Naraoka
  • The Legacy of the Security Laws for Future Generations: On the Abe Government by Masaru Kohno
  • Be Mature and Distinguish the Forest from the Trees: Overcoming Korea-Japan Disputes based on Incompatible National Historical Narrative by Seung Hyok Lee


  • Daring to Ask the Big Questions: On the Forces Moving Twenty-First Century History by Satoshi Ikeuchi
  • Essays
    The Uses of Replicas: The Problem of Preserving “Earthquake Remains”
    by Hiroshi Watanabe
  • Yakisugi: Building a Japanese Teahouse in London by Terunobu Fujimori
  • Thoughts on Flying Squirrels by Daisaburo Okumoto
  • Tomoo Otaka and the Writing of the Ministry of Education’s 1948-49 Textbook “Democracy” by Tadashi Karube
  • Correspondence on Current Thought
    Aizawa Seishisai and State Shinto
    by Daiki Takayama
  • The Politics of White Anger in America by Margarita Estevez-Abe
  • The “Infinite” Japanese Language by Jay Rubin
  • A Serious Novel for a Society in the Midst of Rapid Change: “Ordinary World” by Lu Yao and Other Chinese Bestsellers by Kyoka Izumi
  • Dialogue
    Suddenly a Hard-to-Believe Fate: Milan Kundera and Tomáš Sedláček Talk about Leoš Janáček
  • Correspondence
    Is This Time Different? The Crisis of Liberal Democracy: A Discussion among Bill Emmott, Jonathan Rauch, and Masayuki Tadokoro


  • Serial
    The Transformation of World History: Prolegomenon Rethinking History from China’s Song Dynasty
    by Masashi Miura
  • Forum Report
    Reexaming Japan in Global Context Part 10: Civil-Military Relations

Asteion Mission Statement

Asteion was launched in 1986, a time when intellectual endeavor was still being held back by competing ideologies. Things have moved on since then. By adopting a more flexible approach and tuning our senses to a broad range of global issues, rather than churning out articles focusing solely on current affairs, we have developed a keen understanding of contemporary trends. The name Asteion comes from the Ancient Greek "ASTEION," meaning sophisticated and refined. This reflects our desire to stimulate intelligent discourse among those who are independent and yet share the same public space as fellow citizens through active but sensible exchanges of diverse opinions. A quarter of a century on, the competing ideologies that marked the twentieth century have now converged, leaving us free to express our opinions on an endless range of subjects. Our mission to promote genuine debate is all the more important for shedding light on the mega-waves of our time. We hope that more and more people, each interested in public issues in their own way, will come to share the spirit of Asteion and support our efforts. Masayuki Tadokoro Chair, Asteion Editorial Committee