Written by on March 22, 2011

Nippon Foundation Donation: 100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan

Kennedy Library at Cal Poly has received a generous donation of books from the Nippon Foundation through its program “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan.”

Selected by diplomats, academics and professionals

The “100 Books” program aims to improve cross-cultural understanding by providing quality books in English to supplement popular images of Japan that people may have gained via television and movies. The books were selected by a committee of diplomats, academics and businessmen from both Japan and abroad.

Earthquake in Japan, Donate Now

Helping Japan:
The Nippon Foundation/CANPAN has set up the Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund to help the country of Japan after its devastating earthquake and tsunami.

An interdepartmental effort

The successful application was an interdepartmental effort, originally identified by Architecture Professor Don Choi, submitted by College Librarian Brett Bodemer, and buttressed by support from the History Department Chair, Professor Andrew Morris.

Wide range of titles

Titles added as a result range from Loving the Machine to Visions of Ryukyu: Identity and Ideology in Early-Modern Thought and Politics. More traditional topics are broached in volumes such as Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830 and Edo Culture: Daily Life and Diversions in Urban Japan, 1600-1868. Political titles include Constructing Civil Society in Japan: Voices of Environmental Movements and Japan’s Quest for a Permanent Security Council Seat: A Matter of Pride or Justice?

Together these books will strengthen resources for the new Asian Studies Minor at Cal Poly, and are available to all students, staff, faculty and the general public.

About the Nippon Foundation

The Nippon Foundation is a private, non-profit whose endeavors include promoting maritime safety in the Malacca straits, assistance programs in Japan focused on marginalized groups, and international programs to eradicate leprosy and encourage international cooperation.


List of Nippon-Donated Books

  • Constructing Civil Society in Japan : Voices of Environmental Movements
  • Governing Japan : Divided Politics in a Resurgent Economy
  • Japan Rising : The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose
  • Japan’s Love-hate Relationship with the West
  • Japan’s Quest for a Permanent Security Council Seat : A Matter of Pride or Justice?
  • Machiavelli’s Children : Leaders and Their Legacies in Italy and Japan
  • Media and Politics in Japan
  • Securing Japan : Tokyo’s Grand Strategy and the Future of East Asia
  • Japan, China, and the Growth of the Asian International Economy, 1850-1949
  • Japan in the 21st Century : Environment, Economy, and Society
  • Bushido: the Soul of Japan
  • Edo Culture : Daily Life and Diversions in Urban Japan, 1600-1868
  • Family and Social Policy in Japan : Anthropological Approaches
  • Gender and Development : The Japanese Experiment in Comparative Perspective
  • Japanamerica : How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S.
  • Japanese Science : From the Inside
  • Loving the Machine
  • Race for the Exits : The Unraveling of Japan’s System of Social Protection
  • Tsukiji : The Fish Market at the Center of the World
  • The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Literature : From 1945 to the Present
  • Contemporary Japanese Film
  • Dreamland Japan : Writings on Modern Manga
  • Erotic Grotesque Nonsense : The Mass Culture of Japanese Modern Times
  • Five Modern Japanese Novelists
  • Kabuki : Baroque Fusion of the Arts
  • Kabuki Heroes on the Osaka Stage, 1780-1830
  • Kokoro
  • Manga : Sixty Years of Japanese Comics
  • The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film
  • Oe and Beyond : Fiction in Contemporary Japan
  • The Pleasures of Japanese Literature
  • The Atomic Bomb : Voices from Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • The Conquest of Ainu Lands : Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590-1800
  • A Diary of Darkness : The Wartime Diary of Kiyosawa Kiyoshi
  • From Mahan to Pearl Harbor : The Imperial Japanese Navy and the United States
  • Japanese Imperialism 1894-1945
  • Modern Japan
  • Visions of Ryukyu : Identity and Ideology in Early-Modern Thought and Politics
  • From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor: Who Was Responsible?

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