Hunter, Janet


Professor Janet Hunter  

Department

Position held

Department of Economic History

Saji Professor of Economic History

Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)

Experience keywords:

history; disasters in Japan; Japanese; modern Japan; economic development; gender; Anglo-Japanese relations; communications history, Japan; economy

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Professor Hunter's research interests lie in the economic development of Japan with particular reference to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Research has focussed on the development of the female labour market and the history of economic and business relations between Britain and Japan.

Current research interests are: the development of communications and communications policy in prewar Japan, the economic history of natural disasters (particularly earthquakes) and historical debates on ethical business practice.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Japan, East Asia

Languages:

French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; German [Spoken: Basic, Written: Intermediate]; Japanese [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]

Media experience:

RadioTV

Contact Points

LSE phone number:

+44 (0)20 7955 7071

Publications

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2014

Hunter, Janet (2014) Michio Morishima: an economist made in Japan In: Japan and Britain: Biographical Portraits IX. Renaissance Books, London, UK.

Hunter, Janet (2014) Kōsei na shudan de tomi o eru: kigyō dōtoku to shibusawa eiichi In: Kikkawa, Takeo and Fridenson, Patrick, (eds.) Gurōbaru Shihonshugi no naka no Shibusawa Eiichi – Gappon Kyapitarizumu to Moraru. Tōyō Keizai Shinpōsha, Tokyo, Japan, 117-153.

Hunter, Janet (2014) Entrepreneurs and states in context: some observations on comparative entrepreneurship and industrialisation from Japan, China and the United States In: Glassman, J. and Kimura, M. and Zhao, S., (eds.) Entrepreneurs and the Creation of a Global Community: The Cases of China, Japan, and the United States. Nanjing University Press, 191-204.

Hunter, Janet (2014) Reviving the Kansai cotton industry: engineering expertise and knowledge sharing in the early Meiji period Japan Forum, 26 (1). 65-87. ISSN 0955-5803

Hunter, Janet (2014) "Extreme confusion and disorder"? the Japanese economy in the great Kantō earthquake of 1923 Journal of Asian Studies, 73 (3). ISSN 0021-9118

2012

Hunter, Janet (2012) Book review: why nations fail: the vicious circle of extractive political and economic institutions LSE Review of Books (21 Aug 2012) Blog entry

2011

Hunter, Janet (2011) Introduction: the historical consumer: consumption and everyday life in Japan, 1850-2000 In: Hunter, Janet and Francks, Penelope, (eds.) The Historical Consumer: Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan, 1850-2000. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230273665

Hunter, Janet (2011) People and post offices: consumptions and postal services since the 19th century In: Hunter, Janet and Francks, Penelope, (eds.) The Historical Consumer: Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan, 1850-2000. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230273665

Francks, Penelope and Hunter, Janet, eds (2011) The historical consumer: consumption and everyday life in Japan, 1850-2000 Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230273665

Hunter, Janet (2011) Technology transfer and the gendering of communications work: Meiji Japan in comparative historical perspective Social Science Japan Journal, 14 (1). 1-20. ISSN 1468-2680

2010

Hunter, Janet (2010) Gender and labour history: some methodological suggestions The Japanese Journal of Labour Studies , 600. ISSN 0916-3808

Hunter, Janet and Macnaughtan, Helen (2010) Japan In: Heerma van Voss, Lex and Hiemstra-Kuperus, Els and Nederveen Meerkerk, Elise van, (eds.) The Ashgate Companion to the History of Textile Workers, 1650–2000 . Ashgate, Farnham, UK, 305-332. ISBN 9780754664284

Hunter, Janet and Macnnaughtan, Helen (2010) Gender and the global textile industry In: Heerma van Voss, Lex and Hiemstra-Kuperus, Els and Nederveen Meerkerk, Elise van, (eds.) The Ashgate Companion to the History of Textile Workers, 1650–2000 . Ashgate, Farnham, UK, 703-724. ISBN 9780754664284

Hunter, Janet (2010) Nature, markets and state response: the drought of 1939 in Japan and Korea Australian Economic History Review, 50 (1). 80-98. ISSN 0004-8992

2009

Hunter, Janet (2009) Introduction: Joseph Needham, ‘The guns of Kaifeng-fu: China’s development of man’s first chemical explosive’ In: Bates, David and Wallis, Jennifer and Winters, Jane, (eds.) The Creighton Century, 1907-2007. Institute of Historical Research, London, UK, 159-161. ISBN 9781905165339

2008

Hunter, Janet (2008) Textile industry in east Asia and traditional industry In: Stearns, Peter, (ed.) The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780195176322

Hunter, Janet E. and Abe, Takeshi and Tanimoto, Masayuki and Nakabayashi, Masaki and Hashino, Tomoko and Enoki, Kazue (2008) Nihon no kōgyōka to josei rōdō : senzenki no sen'i sangyō / 日本の工業化と女性労働 : 戦前期の繊維産業 Yūhikaku, Tokyo, Japan. ISBN 9784641163126

2007

Hunter, Janet (2007) The industrial revolution in Britian In: Rider, Christine, (ed.) Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1920. Greenwood Press, Westport. ISBN 9780313335013

Hunter, Janet (2007) The Industrial Revolution in Japan In: Rider, Christine, (ed.) Encyclopedia of the Age of the Industrial Revolution. Greenwood Press, Santa Barbara, USA. ISBN 9780313335013

Hunter, Janet (2007) Britain and the Japanese economy during the first world war In: Towle, Philip and Kosuge, Nobuko Margaret, (eds.) Britain and Japan in the Twentieth Century : One Hundred Years of Trade and Prejudice. Library of international relations, 33. I. B. Tauris, London, 15-32. ISBN 9781845114152

2006

Hunter, Janet and Storz, Cornelia (2006) Institutional and technological change in Japan’s economy : past and present Routledge contemporary Japan series, 6. Routledge, New York. ISBN 0415368227

Hunter, Janet (2006) Institutional change in Meiji Japan: image and reality In: Blomstrom, Magnus and Croix, Sumner La, (eds.) Institutional Change in Japan. European Institute of Japanese Studies, East Asian economics and business; 7. Routledge, London, 45-70. ISBN 0415380154

2005

Hunter, Janet (2005) Gender, economics and industrialization: approaches to the economic history of Japanese women, 1868-1945 In: Tomida, Hiroko and Daniels, Gordon, (eds.) Japanese Women, Emerging From Subservience, 1868-1945. Global Oriental, Folkestone, 119-144. ISBN 1901903184

Hunter, Janet (2005) Gendering the labour market: evidence from the textile industry of interwar Japan In: Molony, B and Uno, K S, (eds.) Gendering Modern Japanese History. Harvard East Asian monographs (251). Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., USA, 359-392. ISBN 0674017803

Hunter, Janet (2005) Understanding the economic history of postal services: some preliminary observations from the case of Meiji Japan CIRJE discussion paper series, CIRJE-F-344. Centre for International Research on the Japanese Economy, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.

2004

Hunter, Janet (2004) Institutional change in Meiji Japan: image and reality EIJS working paper series, 203. The European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden.

2003

Hunter, Janet (2003) Women and the labour market in Japan’s industrialising economy: the textile industry before the pacific war RoutledgeCurzon, London. ISBN 0415297311

Hunter, Janet (2003) The economic development of modern Japan Business History, 45 (1). 151-184. ISSN 1743-7938

Hunter, Janet and Daniels, Gordon and Nish, Ian and Steeds, David (2003) Studies in the Anglo-Japanese alliance (1902-1923) International Studies ; 03/443. Suntory-Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines, London.

Hunter, Janet (2003) Bankers, investors and risk: British capital and Japan during the years of the Anglo-Japanese alliance In: O’Brien, Phillips, (ed.) The Anglo-Japanese Alliance, 1902-22. RoutledgeCurzon, London, 176-198. ISBN 0415326117

Daniels, Gordon and Hunter, Janet and Steeds, David and Nish, Ian (2003) Studies in the Anglo-Japanese alliance (1902-1923) IS, 443. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

2002

Hunter, Janet and Sugiyama, S (2002) The history of Anglo-Japanese relations, 1600-2000 Economic and business relations, 4. Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 0333791975

Hunter, Janet E. (2002) Maejima Hisoka, Nihon no Yubin Seido Soshisha In: Nish, Ian, (ed.) Eikoku to Nihon: Nichiei Koryu Jinbutsu Retsuden. Sobunkan Shinsha, Tokyo, Japan, 107-121. ISBN 9784891779917

Hunter, Janet and Sugiyama, S (2002) Anglo-Japanese economic relations in historical perspective, 1600-2000: trade and industry, finance, technology and industrial challenge In: Hunter, Janet and Sugiyama, S, (eds.) The History of Anglo-Japanese Relations, 1600-2000. Volume 4, Economic and Business Relations. Palgrave, Basingstoke, 1-109. ISBN 0333791975

2001

Hunter, Janet (2001) Female migration and the farm family economy in interwar Japan In: Sharpe, Pamela, (ed.) Women, Gender and Labour Migration : Historical and Global Perspectives. Routledge research in gender and history 5. Routledge, London, 244-258. ISBN 041522800x

Hunter, Janet (2001) Women's labour force participation in interwar Japan In: Tolliday, Steven, (ed.) The Economic Development of Modern Japan, 1868-1945: From the Meiji Restoration to the Second World War. Elgar mini series. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 978185898190

2000

Hunter, Janet (2000) Japanese economic history, 1930-1960 Routledge, New York. ISBN 0415218152

Hunter, Janet E. (2000) All change for Japanese women? Euro-Japanese Journal, 7 (1). ISSN 1355-2759

Hunter, Janet (2000) The roots of divergence? Some comments on Japan in the "axial age", 1750-1850 Itinerario, XXIV (3/4). 75-88. ISSN 0165-1153

1999

Hunter, Janet (1999) Tokugawa Japan In: O'Brien, Patrick, (ed.) Philip's Atlas of World History. Octopus Publishing Group, Docklands, UK. ISBN 9780540075836

Hunter, Janet (1999) Industrialising Japan In: O'Brien, Patrick, (ed.) Philip's Atlas of World History. Octopus Publishing Group, Docklands, UK. ISBN 9780540075836

Hunter, Janet, ed (1999) Japan: state and people in the twentieth century, papers presented at the STICERD 20th anniversary symposium Japanese studies (JS/99/). LSE STICERD, London.

1998

Hunter, Janet (1998) The Japanese experience of economic development In: O’Brien, Patrick, (ed.) Industrialisation: Critical Perspectives on the World Economy. Routledge, London. ISBN 0415123690

1997

Hunter, Janet (1997) A historical perspective on women in Japan In: Rubinstein, Catherine, (ed.) Uk and Japan : Government and Society. Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, London, 99-105. ISBN 0952819937

1995

Hunter, Janet (1995) Men and women In: Megarry, Tim, (ed.) The Making of Modern Japan: a Reader. Greenwich readers (9). Greenwich University Press, Greenwich, UK, 467-481. ISBN 9781874529354

Akita, Shigeru (1995) Japanese perspectives on imperialism in Asia Discussion paper ; IS/95/287. London School of Economics and Political Science/STICERD, London.

Hunter, Janet (1995) Continuity and change in the Japanese labour market: rural impoverishment and the geographical origins of female textile workers In: MetzgerCourt, Sarah and Pascha, Werner, (eds.) Japan’s Socio-Economic Evolution : Continuity and Change. Curzon Press, Folkestone, 76-90. ISBN 1873410395

1994

Hunter, Janet (1994) Maejima Hisoka, 1853-1919: founder of Japan's postal system In: Nish, Ian, (ed.) Britain and Japan: Biographical Portraits. Japan Library Association, Folkestone, 54-66. ISBN 1873410271

1993

Hunter, Janet (1993) Japanese women working Routledge, London. ISBN 0415061881

Hunter, Janet (1993) Meiji period & 'postwar Japan' In: Bowring, Richard and Kornicki, Peter, (eds.) The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Japan. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0521403529

Hunter, Janet (1993) Textile factories, tuberculosis and the quality of life in industrializing Japan In: Hunter, Janet, (ed.) Japanese Women Working. Routledge, London, 69-97. ISBN 0415061881

Hunter, Janet (1993) The limits of financial power: Japanese foreign borrowing and the Russo-Japanese war In: Ion, Hamish and Errington, E.J, (eds.) Great Powers and Little Wars : the Limits of Power. Praeger, Westport, 145-165. ISBN 0275939650

1992

Hunter, Janet (1992) An absence of change: women in the Japanese labour force, 1937-45 In: Fraser, T.G. and Lowe, Peter, (eds.) Conflict and Amity in East Asia : Essays in Honour of Ian Nish. Macmillan Academic and Professional, London, 59-76. ISBN 0333545397

Hunter, Janet (1992) Textile factories, tuberculosis and the quality of life in industrializing Japan Economic History working papers, 4/92. Department of Economic History, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

1991

Hunter, Janet (1991) British training for Japanese engineers: the case of kikuchi kyozo In: Cortazzi, Hugh and Daniels, Gordon, (eds.) Britain and Japan 1859-1991 : Themes and Personalities. Routledge, London, 137-146. ISBN 0415059666

1990

Daniels, Gordon and Hunter, Janet and Nish, Ian (1990) The social history of occupied Japan: 1: some sources and problems, 2: British writings on Japanese history JS, 214. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

1989

Hunter, Janet (1989) The emergence of modern Japan : an introductory history since 1853 Longman, London. ISBN 0582494079

Hunter, Janet and Morley, James and Nakamura, Takafusa (1989) Interwar Japan International studies (IS/89/). STICERD, London.

Hunter, Janet (1989) Employer resistance and factory legislation: the abolition of night work in the Japanese cotton spinning industry In: Yui, Tsunehiko and Nakagawa, Keiichiro, (eds.) Japanese Management in Historical Perspective. University of Tokyo Press, Tokyo, 243-272. ISBN 086008437x

1987

Beasley, W. G. and Wong, J. Y. and Miyake, Masaki (1987) Aspects of pan-Asianism International studies. Suntory Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines, London.

1986

Francks, Penelope (1986) Aspects of the relationship between agriculture and industrialisation in Japan International Studies ; 1986/4. Suntory-Toyota International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines, London.

Hunter, Janet (1986) Language reform in Meiji Japan - the views of Maejima Hisoka In: Henny, Sue and Lehmann, Jean-Pierre, (eds.) Themes and Theories in Modern Japanese History: Essays in Memory of Richard Storry. Athlone, London, 101-120. ISBN 0485112426

1984

Hunter, Janet (1984) Concise dictionary of modern Japanese history University of California Press, Berkeley. ISBN 0520045572

Hunter, Janet (1984) Labour in the Japanese silk industry in the 1870s: the Tomioka Nikki of Wada Ei In: Daniels, Gordon, (ed.) Europe Interprets Japan. Paul Norbury Publications, Tenterden, 20-25. ISBN 0904404420

1981

Hunter, Janet and Checkland, Oliver and Daniels, Gordon and Lehmann, J-P (1981) Bakumatsu and Meiji: studies in Japan’s economic and social history International studies, 1981 (2). London School of Economics, International Centre for Economics and Related Disciplines, London.

1977

Hunter, Janet (1977) Japanese government policy, business opinion and the Seoul-Pusan railway Modern Asian Studies, 11 (4). 573-599. ISSN 1469-8099


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This book explores aspects of Japan's consumption history from the early-modern period, enhancing our understanding of its role in Japan's modern economic development, hitherto seen mainly as a production story.

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