Vol.100 An Arena for Intellectual Opinion and Debate:Commemorating One-Hundred Issues
  • Special Feature: An Arena for Intellectual Opinion and Debate:Commemorating One-Hundred Issues
    by Masayuki Tadokoro
  • I. Thirty-Eight Years of Asteion

    The Asteion Philosophy
    by Kiyokazu Washida
  • A Spirit of Urbanity, Past and Future by Tadashi Karube
  • In Search of a Free and Intellectual Journalism by Kaori Kawai
  • A Bird’s Eye View of Civilization, A Dog’s Eye View of the City by Seiichi Hayashi
  • For True Academic Knowledge and Knowledge of the World by Junko Saeki
  • For a Deeper, “Day Stars” Culture by Mari Akazawa
  • At the Time of My Serial “Shiki no shokutaku” (Shiki Masaoka’s Table) by Kai Hasegawa
  • Can the Liberal Arts Bring Us Together in an Age of Division? by Eiko Imahashi
  • The Platform Provided by a Commentary Magazine by Ryota Yoneda
  • Media Like Having a Conversation Over Beer by Naota Sanbe
  • The Art of Intellectual Play by Akihiro Yamamoto
  • A Magazine Like an Evening Garden—Poised Between Daytime Orthodoxy and Nighttime Lawlessness by Ryota Fukushima
  • II. The Challenge of Intellectual Journalism

    The Future of Intellectual Debate in Print Media
    by Takenori Inoki
  • Three Essentials for Intellectual Journalism by Yuji Genda
  • Intellectual Journalism and Contemporary Art by Hiroko Ikegami
  • Naming and Noise by Yoko Nii
  • Further Thoughts on Academic Journalism by Kazufumi Watanabe
  • Supplementing Technology With On-Site Knowledge by Sayaka Ogawa
  • A Million Stones Falling From the Sky by Anna Toi
  • Will the Day Come When It Is Cool to be Seen Carrying Around Asteion? by Yuko Obi
  • The Perspective of an Economist Born in 1987 by Junichi Yamasaki
  • America or Otherwise by Seiko Katsura
  • III. What Was Debated in the Pages of Asteion

    Crumbling Civilization and the Role of the Intellectual
    by Keishi Saeki
  • To Speak of Nations and Civilization by Ikuo Gonoï
  • A Forum of Public Debate for the Sake of Democracy by Shigeki Uno
  • Political Science and the Period of Political Reform in Japan by Ikuo Kume
  • Grand Narratives and Small Apocalypses—From the Cold War to “Make Japan Great Again” by Wataru Yamaguchi
  • Reconsidering the Article “Exporting Civilization” by Hiroyuki Itami
  • Thinking About Present-Day China After Reading Articles From the Heyday of “Made in Japan” and Theories About America by Kazuhiro Iwama
  • Society and I Thirty-Eight Years Ago, or, A Chronicle of Hindsight by Natsuki Ikezawa
  • Breaking Down Walls Through Journalism by Terunobu Fujimori
  • The Face of City, Region, and Nation in a Mature Society by Hidenobu Jinnai
  • Everything Started With My Serial “Taisho Gen’ei” (Taisho-period Dreaming) by Saburo Kawamoto
  • The Advancing “Deodorantization” of Tokyo by Mayumi Mori
  • Theatrical Fears of Extinction by Yoshio Ozasa
  • On Reading Yawarakai kojinshugi no tanjo (Birth of Soft Individualism) After Working at a Distribution Warehouse by Keita Watano
  • IV. In a Changing World

    American Century, My Father’s Style
    by Satoshi Udo
  • Responding to the Changing Problems of the Times by Masashi Miura
  • Engagement as a Member of Humanity by Yuri Nagura
  • Gaiatsu and the Future by Yoriko Meguro
  • For a New Consciousness Raising—MRSDH+ (Migrant, Refugee, Stateless People, Dual/Multiple Citizenship, Half/Double/Mix) by Chen Tienshi
  • America, Ideal and Reality by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney
  • One Globalization Story by Fukiko Aoki
  • Living in the Tides of History by Keiko Yoshioka
  • Who Will Fill the Void of the Middle in Society? by Ryuichi Kanari
  • The Political Decline of the World’s Leading Nation by Margarita Estévez-Abe
  • Professor Daniel Bell and the American University by Takako Hikotani
  • The Eternal Issue of Thinking About America by Seiko Mimaki
  • Insight to Read the Times by Yuichi Hosoya
  • Special Feature Roundtable
    Looking Back Over the Time Since 1986—The Period of Suntory Hall and Asteion
    A discussion with Morihide Katayama,
    Masashi Miura,
    and Masayuki Tadokoro
  • Photographic Report
    Continuing to Make a Print Magazine in the Digital Age
    :An interview with early Asteion designer Hideya Arata
    by Kaoru Kobayashi
  • Serials
    Revisiting the History of Jiangnan (Southern China)
    Final Part. The Do-or-Die Interior
    by Takashi Okamoto
  • The Beginnings of Entomology
    Final Part. The People Who Supported Japanese Entomology
    by Daisaburo Okumoto

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