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Renaissance Books are academic publishers offering a new, robust and independent platform for peer-reviewed scholarship on Asia Pacific, in particular East Asian Studies – principally in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We have a strong presence in the United States through our distribution partnership with ISD (Ian Stevens Distribution), our books are published to the highest standards of production and design, and we count amongst our published authors some of the leading names in their fields.


Renaissance Books & European Centre for Japanese Studies celebrate first of three planned volumes on Japanese History of Technology

We are pleased to announce publication of Technical Knowledge in Early Modern Japan which draws on papers presented at an international conference at CEEJA* addressing the long-neglected field relating to the generation, dissemination and application of technical knowledge in Edo and Meiji  Japan, edited by Erich Pauer (CEEJA) and Ruselle Meade (Cardiff). For further details, see ‘Recently Published’.  The second volume,  Accessing Technical Education in Modern Japan is due to be published in June 2021.

*Centre Européen d’Etudes Japonaises d’Alsace. Originally founded in 2002, its role as a research centre and library was considerably enhanced since 2010 through the acquisition (over 100,000 volumes in Japanese,  English, German and other European languages) of the extensive collection of books, periodicals, special collections and new media relating to Japan donated by Erich Pauer (Marburg) and Regine Mathias-Pauer (Bochum) who now manage the library as well as Japan-related exhibitions and international conferences.



The Abe Experiment and The Future of Japan

The Abe Experiment and The Future of Japan: Don’t Repeat History

01 Sep 2020

At the end of August 2020 Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister, suddenly announced he would shortly retire from politics for health reasons. On 15 September his successor, former cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga and one of Abe’s  closest allies, announced that the current programme for government (otherwise known as ‘Abenomics’ ) would continue as usual until the national elections due in September 2021.

This event provides a timely reminder of the relevance of Junji Banno’s and Jiro Yamaguchi’s incisive evaluation of the politics of post-war Japan, and in particular the ‘Abe era’ and the disturbing  trajectory of the Abe government contained in The Abe Experiment and the Future of Japan: Don’t Repeat History (ISBN 978-1-898823-21-6), first published in English by Renaissance Books in 2016 (translated by Oxford scholar Arthur Stockwin).