Peter Matanle

Researcher, Writer, Teacher and Publisher

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... to my website. I am Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Taught Postgraduate Tutor at the University of Sheffield's School of East Asian Studies; and Director of the White Rose East Asia Centre (WREAC) Research Cluster on Social Change and Transition in East Asia. Please go to my Sheffield University home page for information about me related to my job there.

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Latest publications:

Researching Twenty-First Century Japan: New Directions and Approaches for the Electronic Age.

This book brings together fifteen extensively revised, peer-reviewed articles by international scholars covering a diverse range of fields—from cinema to economics to history to the social sciences—addressing issues in contemporary Japan. These fifteen are all contributors to the first ten years of the EJCJS—the Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies.

Lifetime employment in 21st century Japan: Stability and resilience under pressure in the Japanese management system. In Sierk A. Horn (ed.) Emerging Perspectives in Japanese Human Resource Management, Berlin: Peter Lang.

This book chapter pulls together statistical data since the late 1980s to analyse job tenure in the post-Bubble era, as well as provide a summary of qualitative research from the same period, to argue that the institution of lifetime employment shows little sign of weakening; that from the employer’s perspective the rationale for maintaining it continues, and that it still provides the best means available within Japan for the satisfaction of employees’ needs over the course of their working lives.

The Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown: towards the (re)construction of a safe, sustainable and compassionate society in Japan's shrinking regions, Local Environment, 16 (9): 823-847.

This article examines whether the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, present the Japanese state and society with a watershed opportunity to rethink regional revitalisation and national energy procurement strategies.

Japan's Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century: Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline.

Japan's population is shrinking. By 2030 the ratio of dependants to active workers in Japan is expected to approach 1:1. This timely work is the first comprehensive study of contemporary regional shrinkage under Japan's national depopulation. It brings together detailed research by 18 international scholars from across the whole Japanese archipelago, exploring the micro to macro level responses of regional communities to the socioeconomic impacts of demographic decline.






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