Contemporary Japan : Mind the Gap: Stratification and Social Inequalities in Japan

Holthus, Barbara GND (edt.); Iwata-Weickgenannt, Kristina GND (edt.)

Entitled “Mind the Gap: Stratification and Social Inequalities in Japan”, the inaugural issue of Contemporary Japan (Vol. 22, No. 1/2) focuses on one of the most urging challenges Japan is facing today: growing social disparities and the emergence of a self-perception as a society of widening gaps (kakusa shakai) which has largely replaced the previous self-labeling as all-middle class society. The articles included in the inaugural issue of CJ address topics such as the contemporary Japanese social stratification system, the lay-off of temporary workers under the global recession, social cleavages in Japanese politics, discourses on disability and social stratification, buraku inequality, the representation of social inequalities in contemporary film, and the discourse on Miura Atsushi’s karyū shakai.