Contents

Vol.094 Once Again, What Are Today’s Problems?
  • Photographic Report
    Sacred Whirlpool Patterns and the Life Cycle
    — Decorative Motifs Spanning Eurasian Civilization
    by Mayumi Tsuruoka
  • Special Feature: Once Again, What Are Today’s Problems?
    Preface
    by Masayuki Tadokoro
  • For the Building of a “Decent” Society by Hiroshi Nakanishi
  • The China Problem and Bertrand Russell’s “The Problem of China” by Takashi Okamoto
  • Speech and Acts, Speech and Writing: A Double Dissonance by Toru Takeda
  • The Strange Relationship of Money and the Real Economy:
    The Seeds of Post-Covid Inflation
    by Takero Doi
  • Society Torn Apart by Speeding Technology and the Future of Human Civilization by Kyo Cho
  • To Have Hope When We Have Lost Any Bright Future
    — After the Period of “Comfortable Stagnation”
    by Masayuki Tadokoro
  • The Humanities and Values, The Value of the Humanities by Tadashi Karube
  • The Place of Expertise by Satoshi Machidori
  • Middle East Affairs as Past History by Satoshi Ikeuchi
  • Toward the Indo-Pacific Century by Yuichi Hosoya
  • Photographic Report
    The Naturalist Minakata Kumagusu and the Power of a Prize Essay
    by Masaki Shimura
  • Essays
    Japanese Culture as Seen in Architecture
    by Shuji Takashina
  • Confused History: False Attributions and Human Memory by Hiroshi Watanabe
  • Kutsunugi: Why Do the Japanese Take Off Their Shoes at Home? by Terunobu Fujimori
  • Articles
    Imagining a Western Pacific Union (WPU)
    by Shinichi Kitaoka
  • Democracy and the “Trump Dilemma” by Masahito Watanabe
  • Japan’s Covid Response Judged as Crisis Management by Yoshiyuki Sagara
  • Essay
    On the Development of the Coronavirus Vaccine
    by Kouta Niizuma
  • Correspondence on Current Thought
    A Hint for Conquering Covid in the Campaign Against the Rinderpest Cattle Plague
    by Kayo Takuma
  • Telling the Complicated Story of the Hong Kong Demonstrations by Minetoshi Yasuda
  • The India-China Border Dispute
    — The Tibet Factor Is Key to a Deeper Understanding
    by Ryohei Kasai
  • Emmanuel Carrère’s “Yoga” and the Shaky Ground Beneath the Feet of French Male Literary Figures by Kan Nozaki
  • Essays
    Hard Days Trying to Understand the Human Heart
    by Chihiro Hamano
  • On News Headlines, the Effect of the Internet on Language,
    and Exercises to Improve Language Use
    by Tetsuya Furuta
  • When Innocence Is Too Much of a Good Thing by Daisaburo Okumoto
  • Serial
    Hakuson Kuriyagawa: The Man Who Sowed Dreams
    Part 6. From English Professor to Up-and-Coming Young Critic (Part 2)
    by Kyo Cho

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