About this Network


H-Japan is H-Net's network on Japanese History and Culture.

I. The H-Japan Network: Scope, Content, Purpose

H-Japan is an international, nonpartisan digital network sponsored by H-Net: Humanities-Online and the Kansai Institute of Asia -Pacific Studies (KIAPS) of Osaka U. of Foreign Studies, Ohio State University and Michigan State University. It provides scholars, graduate students and professionals a free daily forum to discuss Japanese history, culture, religion, and society, including contemporary political, diplomatic, security, and economic issues.

This network has been established in part with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for a Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation (Kokusai Koryu Kikin Nichibei Center, who have also given support to H-Asia and H-USA). Among our other activities, we also support the Japan-America Student Conference (JASC: Nichibei Gakusei Kaigi). H-Japan complements the H-Net network H-ASIA which handles broader regional issues and to which you may wish to subscribe.

H-Japan is an EDITED network. This means that network editors will screen all incoming contributions to eliminate "flames," ad hominem arguments, "spams," private email, or non-scholarly messages. We will not censor ideas that can be presented, but we will do our utmost to assure that clearly irrelevant or unprofessional materials do not appear on the network. We may make minor editorial changes (spelling corrections, for example, or complete signatures) as needed.

Subscribers contribute questions, comments, reports and replies to H- Japan. H-Japan publishes syllabi, outlines, handouts, bibliographies, listings of new sources, library catalogs and archives, and reports on new software, datasets and cd-roms, and posts announcements of conferences, fellowships, new publications in Japanese studies, and jobs. H-Japan also commissions serious book reviews and responses from authors and audience alike. H-Japan is an electronic publication. All postings will be permanently stored online, and may be quoted and cited. We encourage the republication of H-JAPAN postings for non-profit educational use, and ask that proper credit be given to the author and to H-JAPAN, and that the date of posting be given.

H-Japan’s new network format also offers opportunities for digital collaboration utilizing built in platforms and multiple forms of media.

It is our intent to encourage international participation and in particular to encourage interaction between specialists in Japan and others located throughout the world. We strongly encourage communications in either English or Japanese. We will encourage people to write in the language with which they are most comfortable. To create an atmosphere in which people will feel comfortable in exchanging ideas in a "foreign" language, we encourage readers to ask for clarifications of possible misunderstandings or to offer comments in a professional manner so that substantive issues remain our focus.

At present, we are able to transmit Japanese messages; however to read and write messages in kanji and kana, members must have the appropriate communications software on their local PC or MacIntosh machines. We hope in the future to be able to provide information that will assist our non-Japanese members and their institutions to communicate in Japanese. Members who do not have appropriate software on their PCs or MacIntosh machines will see a string of meaningless characters and symbols. Since they cannot read Japanese messages and may wish to skip or delete them, the subject header of each H-Japan message will indicate the language of the message in the following way:

H-Japan (J) = an all Japanese message
H-Japan (E) = an all English or romanized Japanese message H-Japan (E,J) = a mixed kanji and roman character message

Since some servers "read" kanji in the subject line of e-mail messages as control codes rather than kanji, please use ONLY roman characters in the SUBJECT line of your messages to H-Japan, regardless of the language in which the text is written. (The subject line can be written in either English or romanized Japanese.)

Subscribers who experience problems sending or receiving Japanese language messages even though they have appropriate PC or MAC software should FAX Philip Brown at 1-614-292-2282 in the U.S.A., or Yoneyuki Sugita in Japan at 81-727-30-5416 from outside Japan or (0727) 30-5416 for domestic callers.

Please begin your participation in this network by posting a self-introduction explaining your position, research or other current projects, teaching interests and the like.

II. Editors.

H-Japan is edited by field experts approved by the network board and certified by H-Net’s Executive Council.  The editors serve two-year renewable terms and rotate their duties. Editors are listed in the Network Staff List linked from the network’s front page. The editors will solicit postings through the Commons, will approve new subscriptions, will handle routine inquiries, and manage submissions. Anyone with suggestions about what H-Japan can and might do is invited to send in ideas by writing to the editorial address. The editors will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) Like all H-Net networks, H-Japan is moderated to edit out material that, in the editors' opinion, is not germane to the network mission, involves technical matters (such as subscription management requests), is inflammatory, or violates evolving, yet common, standards of Internet etiquette. Please read section III below for details about ownership, style, formatting, and content of your messages. H-Net's procedure for resolving disputes over editorial practices is Article II, Section 2.02 of our council policies, located at:


For a list of current editors, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/node/20904/staffpage

III. Communicating Through the Network.

A. Copyright notice. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. H-Net considers all messages posted to its forums to be a form of publication. Unless otherwise arranged with H-Net, all contributions to H-Japan are subject to H-Net’s Terms of Use and its policies concerning copyright and intellectual property, Art. III, Sec. 3.01-3.08 of the H-Net Council Policies. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of H-Net's terms of use. Users of the site verify that they are authorized by copyright holders to submit content to H-Net for publication according to those terms of use, including the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License linked here http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/. Unless otherwise indicated, reviews commissioned by H-Net and published under its imprint are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.

A full copy of the H-Net Council Policies and Bylaws and other important information may be found at: http://www.h-net.org/about/.

B. Contributions: The tone and content of H-Japan depends directly on subscribers. The editors want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be considerate of the needs of a busy audience of scholars, many of whom must pay for their access to the internet. A number of excellent guides to online behavior and style are available on the internet and we invite you consult them.

-- ALL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE NETWORK MUST BE SIGNED. If your profile on the H-Net Commons is not filled out with a valid name and affiliation the editors will delay posting until authorship and email address are confirmed.

-- CONTENT: Editors retain the right to review material for its pertinence, tone, style, and relevance to the network's mission. Ad hominems, unattributed quotations or innuendo, private messages forwarded for posting without permission, or messages that violate the norms of civility and professional courtesy will be rejected. Persistent violators can be removed as subscribers to the network.  H-Net permanently archives its content on the H-Net Commons.  Do not submit material that you consider to be of a private nature or that you would not want available to future readers.

-- STYLE: the default editorial style for discussion postings is that of a letter to the editor. Your remarks can be crafted to suit the tone of an existing discussion thread, but in any case they should address the editor and not make direct personal references to others, except where you are replying directly to a simple query (e.g., "you can find this information in Webster's Third International Dictionary."). Avoid excessive quotation of messages you refer or reply to.

-- FORMAT: While you can submit your posts to the Commons using various fonts, styles and formatting these may be edited by the editor for uniformity and readability.

IV. Technical Information.

When you subscribe to the Commons, H-Net will send you a confirmation message containing important information about managing your subscription. For online help with your subscription see http://networks.h-net.org/help-desk, especially the “Getting Started” section. These guides will help you modify your notifications, unsubscribe from the network, change the e-mail address associated with your profile, and use your “My H-Net” page effectively. If you still have questions after reading the guides please email help@mail.h-net.msu.edu.

V. The H-Japan Network Site

The H-Japan network site contains the following required information and services:

- The archives of the H-Japan network discussions and other uploaded content

- The network's official documents: its about page, lists of board members and editors, contact information, and other founding and information documents.

- Hypertext links to resources in our subject: teaching materials, research archives, other networks.

VI. Advisory Board.

H-Japan's daily activities are managed by the editors. Its long-term policies are developed by the advisory board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current editor. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the editors on disputes among editors and subscribers; monitor the network and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about H-Japan.

For a list of the current advisory board, visit: https://networks.h-net.org/node/20904/staffpage

VII. Our Parent Organization: H-Net

H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, egalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.

The goals of H-NET networks are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields.

H-Net's Council Policies and Bylaws, along with a list of its officers and committees, is available at: http://www.h-net.org/about/

Among H-Net's many services are:

- Book and software reviews: timely, exhaustive, authoritative, professional, fast. Mailed through our lists and stored in searchable, printable, retrievable format on our site at http://www.h-net.org/reviews.

- Job guide postings: at regular intervals, H-Net offers employment information in a broad array of fields in the humanities and social sciences. https://www.h-net.org/jobs/home.php

- H-Net calendar: announcements of conferences, papers, and professional activities, archived and searchable at our web site. You can visit our site and sample these and other services, at: http://www.h-net.org/announce



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