Professor Janet Hunter

Professor Janet Hunter

Saji Professor

Department of Economic History

+44 (0)20 7955 7071
Room No
SAR 6.04
Office Hours
Wk 1 03/10/2019 - 11:30-12:30; Wk 2-11 Thursday 15:15-16:15
English, Japanese
Key Expertise
Economic History, Japan,

About me

My research focusses on the economic history of modern Japan in comparative context. I have worked extensively on the development of the female labour market, the history of economic relations between Britain and Japan, and the development of communications. I am currently working on a monograph on the economic impact of Japan’s Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923, and have also been engaged in collaborative work with scholars in Japan, the US and Turkey looking at the historical evolution of ideas related to business ethics in Japan, and their potential application to developing economies. I am co-editor of the Journal of Japanese Studies (based at the University of Washington in Seattle) and member of an Association for Asian Studies project on ‘New Frontiers in Asian Economic History’.

Teaching 2018-19

EH325 Issues in Modern Japanese Economic Development: Late Industrialisation, Imperialism and High Speed Growth

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Selected publications

‘Modern Business and the Rise of the Japanese Middle Classes’, in Christof Dejung, Jűrgen Osterhammel & David Motadel (eds.), The Global Bourgeoisie: the Rise of the Middle Classes in the Age of Empire (forthcoming, Princeton University Press)

‘Deficient in Commercial Morality’? Japan in Global Debates on Business Ethics in the Late Nineteenth – Early Twentieth Century (Palgrave Studies in Economic History, 2016)

(Editor and introduction, with Penelope Francks), The Historical Consumer: Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan, 1850-2000 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) (Japanese edition, Hōsei University Press, 2016)

(Editor and introduction, with Cornelia Storz) Institutional and Technological Change in Japan’s Economy: Past and Present (RoutledgeCurzon, 2006) (paperback edition 2012)

Women and the Labour Market in Japan’s Industrialising Economy: the Textile Industry before the Pacific War (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003) (paperback edition, 2009) (Japanese edition, Yūhikaku, 2008)

(Editor and contributor, with S.Sugiyama), History of Anglo-Japanese Relations vol.4, Economic and Business Relations (Palgrave, 2002) (Japanese edition, University of Tokyo Press, 2001)

(Editor and introduction, with J.Harriss & C.M.Lewis), The New Institutional Economics and Third World Development (Routledge, London, 1995) (paperback edition, 1997)

(Editor and contributor) Japanese Women Working (Routledge, 1993) (paperback edition 1995)

The Emergence of Modern Japan: An Introductory History since 1853 (Longman, 1989)

Concise Dictionary of Modern Japanese History (University of California Press, 1984)