In a world of globalised media, Japanese popular culture has become a signifi cant fountainhead for images, narrative, artefacts, and identity. From Pikachu, to instantly identifi able manga memes, to the darkness of adult anime, and the hyper- consumerism of product tie- ins, Japan has bequeathed to a globalised world a rich variety of ways to imagine, communicate, and interrogate tradition and change, the self, and the technological future. Within these foci, questions of law have often not been far from the surface: the crime and justice of Astro Boy; the property and contract of Pokémon; the ecological justice of Nausicaä; Shinto's focus on order and balance; and the anxieties of origins in J- horror. This volume brings together a range of global scholars to refl ect on and critically engage with the place of law and justice in Japan's popular cultural legacy. It explores not only the global impact of this legacy, but what the images, games, narratives, and artefacts that comprise it reveal about law, humanity, justice, and authority in the twenty-first century.The Image-Characters of Criminal Justice in Tokyo.
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chapter 1 Crime fighting robots and duelling pocket monsters: Law and Justice in Japanese Popular Culture / ASHLEY PEARSON part Part I Possibilities of justice chapter 2 The symptoms of the just: Psycho- Pass, judg(e)ment, and the asymptomatic commons / DANIEL HOURIGAN chapter 3 Pirates, giants and the state: legal authority in manga and anime / JAMES C. FISHER chapter 4 Traumatic origins in Hart and Ringu / PENNY CROFTS AND HONNI VAN RIJSWIJK chapter 5 Justice in the sea of corruption: Nausicaä as ecological jurisprudence / THOMAS GIDDENS chapter 6 Masterful trainers and villainous liberators: law and justice in Pokémon Black and White / DALE MITCHELL part Part II The legal subject chapter 7 Doing right in the world with 100,000 horsepower: Osamu Tezuka's Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy), essence, posthumanity and techno- humanism / KIERAN TRANTER chapter 8 Caught in couture: regulating clothing and the body in Kill la Kill / ROSIE TAYLOR- HARDING chapter 9 'Holy trans- jurisdictional representations of justice, Batman!': globalisation, persona and mask in Kuwata's Batmanga and Morrison's Batman, Incorporated / TIMOTHY D. PETERS part Part III The power and problem of the image chapter 10 'Finding the law' through creating and consuming gay manga in Japan: from heteronormativity to queer activism / THOMAS BAUDINETTE chapter 11 Regulating counterpublics in yaoi online fan communities / SCOTT BEATTIE chapter 12 'Is yaoi illegal?!': let's get real about the potential criminalisation of yaoi / HADEEL AL- ALOSI chapter 13 Constitutional analysis of secondary works in Japan: from otaku to the world / YUICHIRO TSUJI part Part IV Specificities of law and justice in everyday Japan chapter 14 'The world is rotten': execution and power in Death Note and the Japanese capital punishment system / ASHLEY PEARSON chapter 15 Debts, family, and identity after the collapse of the bubble: Miyabe Miyuki's All She Was Worth / Miyabe Miyuki's All She Was Worth GIORGIO FABIO COLOMBO chapter 16 Rules and unruliness in manga depictions of community police boxes / RICHARD POWELL chapter 17 The image- characters of criminal justice in Tokyo / PETER D. RUSH.