Japan is rightly regarded as one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, yet the development and deployment of Internet technology in Japan has taken a different trajectory compared with Western nations. This is the first book to look at the specific dynamics of Japanese Internet use.

It examines the crucial questions:
* how the Japanese are using the Internet: from the prevalence of access via portable devices, to the fashion culture of mobile phones
* how Japan's "cute culture" has colonized cyberspace
* the role of the Internet in different musical subcultures
* how different men's and women's groups have embraced technology to highlight problems of harassment and bullying
* the social, cultural and political impacts of the Internet on Japanese society
* how marginalized groups in Japanese society - gay men, those living with AIDS, members of new religious groups and Japan's hereditary sub-caste, the Burakumin - are challenging the mainstream by using the Internet.

Examined from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives, using a broad range of case-studies, this is an exciting and genuinely cutting-edge book which breaks new ground in Japanese studies and will be of value to anyone interested in Japanese culture, the Internet and cyberculture.

part |2 pages

PART I Popular culture

chapter |16 pages


Japan’s new culture of encounter

chapter |15 pages

From subculture to cybersubculture?

The Japanese Noise alliance and the Internet

chapter |18 pages

Filling in the blanks: lessons from an Internet Blues jam

Lessons from an Internet Blues

part |2 pages

PART II Gender and sexuality

chapter |17 pages

Cybermasculinities: masculinities and the Internet in Japan ROMIT DASGUP TA

Masculinities and the Internet in Japan

chapter |15 pages

“Net”-working on the Web: links between Japanese HIV patients in cyberspace JOA NNE CULLI NA N E

Links between Japanese HIV patients in cyberspace

chapter |16 pages

Private acts/public spaces

Cruising for gay sex on the Japanese Internet

part |2 pages

PART III Politics and religion

chapter |15 pages

The great equalizer?

The Internet and progressive activism in Japan

chapter |14 pages

Language, representation and power

Burakumin and the Internet

chapter |17 pages

Activism and the Internet

Japan’s 2001 history-textbook affair

chapter |13 pages

Self-representation of two new religions on the Japanese Internet

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seichô no Ie