New Books from Japan

In the “New Books From Japan” series, the presenter will introduce their book in Japanese, and the discussant will provide comments in English. Participants may speak in either Japanese or English during the Q & A and discussion.

“New Books From Japan” シリーズでは、発表者は日本語で発表し、討論者は英語で討論いたします。参加者は日本語‧英語どちらでも自由にお使いください。同時通訳はありません。

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Thursday, June 1, 2023 | 9:00-10:30 PM Japan Standard Time
Wednesday, June 1, 2023 | 8:00-9:30 AM PM EST


New Books from Japan #1

「医学とキリスト教 日本におけるアメリカ・プロテスタントの医療宣教」

Medicine and Christianity: American Protestant Missionaries and their Medical Work in Japan

Presenter: 藤本大士 (Hiro Fujimoto, Kyoto University)

Discussant: Garrett Washington (University of Massachusetts Amherst)

This book is the first comprehensive study of the medical activities of American Protestant missionaries in Japan. Beginning in 1859, they offered medical care and education to Japanese people and established several hospitals, some of which still survive today, such as St. Luke’s International Hospital. However, historians have tended to overlook these activities since they have assumed that the Japanese medical community was strongly influenced by German doctors rather than American doctors. Medicine and Christianity situates these American missionaries in the history of medicine in Japan and considers the full range of their activities, including medical education for women, nursing training, postgraduate training for doctors, public health programs, and charity medicine.


Wednesday, July 5, 2023 | 9:00-10:30 PM Japan Standard Time
Tuesday, July 4, 2023 | 8:00-9:30 AM PM EST

New Books from Japan #2

首都の議会 近代移行期東京の政治秩序と都市改造

The Governing Assembly of the Capital City 

Presenter: 池田真歩 (Maho Ikeda, Hokkai-Gakuen University)

Discussant: Jordan Sand (Georgetown University)

What did the governing assembly mean to the capital city of Tokyo? With the transition from Edo to Tokyo, the status system was dismantled and the structure of the city's leadership class and the nature of its political power were reconstituted, as were the major points of contention attending the governance of the metropolitan region. By examining the negotiations between various interest groups across time, this book elucidates the role of the Tokyo assembly during the period of transition from the early modern period to the modern period.


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