Michael J. Green (Georgetown): Japan’s Confused Revolution. Japan surrenders: James Fallows returns to his old Tokyo neighborhood and finds an inward-looking country that has lost its ambition. A review of Nihonjin no Otoko wa Motenai ("Japanese guys aren’t popular") by Meiko Mochizuki Swartz. An interview with Ian Buruma on books on Japan. A review of Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change Since the 1980s by Jeff Kingston (and more). Practical lessons in world hegemony, as Japan’s attempt to strike an independent course is cut down by the Obama Administration. Jeffrey Kingston on the untapped potential of Japanese civil society. Japocalypse Watch: The latest entry in the increasingly popular genre of Japanese decline-watch stories in the U.S. media. Wada Haruki on resolving the China-Japan conflict over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. China's teetering on the verge of its own lost decade, and a meltdown in Beijing would make Japan's economic malaise look like child's play. A review of As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers Are Transforming Everything by Karl Gerth. A review of When a Billion Chinese Jump: How China Will Save Mankind — Or Destroy It by Jonathan Watts. Beijing is paying for Chinese-language schools all around the world, including scores in the US — should we be concerned? The World's fairs have always existed to entertain the West — the Shanghai World Expo, however, has its own ideas. The Next China: An interview with Stephen Roach, author of The Next Asia. China also rises: Will China seek revenge for its century of humiliation at the hands of the West? Beyond East vs. West: China's frictions with the modern, liberal world don't conform neatly to old binaries. It is not quite true that China is rejecting Western values such as democracy — rather, it is fighting over them. Religion in various forms is burgeoning in the PRC today, and the ruling Chinese Communist Party cannot decide what to make of it — or do about it. Can you give my son a job? Slavoj Zizek reviews The Party: The Secret World of China’s Communist Rulers by Richard McGregor.

A new issue of Catalyst is our. Andrew B. Coan (Wisconsin): The Future of Reproductive Freedom. From Newsweek, a look at the 50 highest-earning political figures of 2010, including politicians, ex-politicians, media personalities, and political consultants who hawk their personal brands in the public marketplace — and influence American political discourse in the process. A review of Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? by Judith Butler. With increased gender equality, commercial interests have gained influence over people's looks and dreams — we are taught that what is on the inside is what counts, but quickly find that beauty is only skin deep. A review of The Axe and the Oath: Ordinary Life in the Middle Ages by Robert Fossier. The galaxy could be filled with dozens of planets capable of supporting life, but finding ET would force many of us to think the theologically unthinkable. A review of Which “Aesthetics” Do You Mean? Ten Definitions by Leonard Koren. New research shows that promoting colorblindness can lead people to turn a blind eye to even overt examples of racial discrimination and hamper the prospect for intervention. What motivates Amazon's hardcore raters? Nicholas Jackson investigates. A decade ago, she was told that writing a novel with a lesbian theme would be "commercial suicide" — now, gay writers are mainstream; Val McDermid charts the cultural shift that began with Radclyffe Hall. The Case for Geopolitical Mechanisms: Sustainable peace in the Middle East conflicts with the U.S. defense industry, which relies economically on regularly pumping more arms into the region. Recreational computing: Puzzles and tricks from Martin Gardner inspire math and science. More on Sam Kean's The Disappearing Spoon.

Yiftah Elazar (Princeton): The American Debate and the Invention of Negative Liberty. Poul F. Kjaer (Frankfurt): The Under-Complexity of Democracy. Karl Widerquist (Georgetown): What Does Prehistoric Anthropology have to do with Modern Political Philosophy? Evidence of Five False Claims. Kenneth DeLuca (Hampden Sydney): On the Problem of The Tempest: The Problem of Political Philosophy. Francesca Pasquali (Milan): Hard Times: Public Philosophy or Political Philosophy? Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): The Place of Self-Interest and the Role of Power in the Deliberative Democracy. Onur Ulas Ince (Cornell): The Return of the Schmittian: Radical Democratic Theory at its Limits. Carl L. Bankston (Tulane): Social Justice: Cultural Origins of a Perspective and a Theory. Richard J. Arneson (UCSD): "Equality of What?" Puqing Lai (Zhejiang): Existence and Evolution of the State. Teemu Ruskola (Emory): Raping Like a State. Andrew C. Spiropoulos (Oklahoma City): Reaction or Reformation? Leo Strauss and American Constitutional Law. Conor Williams (Georgetown): Pluralism and Uncertainty after Philosophy's Linguistic Turn: The Pragmatism of Michael Oakeshott and Practical Politics. A review of A Brief History of Liberty by David Schmidtz and Jason Brennan. A review of The Hebrew Republic: Jewish Sources and the Transformation of European Political Thought by Eric Nelson. A review of The Philosophy of Recognition: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Revisited. A review of Democracy and Moral Conflict by Robert B. Talisse. Dick Howard on his book The Primacy of the Political: A History of Political Thought from the Greeks to the French and American Revolutions. The introduction to After Pluralism: Social Ethics for Social Justice.

A new issue of Defunct is out. Martha Albertson Fineman (Emory): The Vulnerable Subject and the Responsive State. A look at why there aren't more interracial couples. Could I see your breeding license: If children are our “future” then who gets to have and raise children in the future will probably be pretty important. Making over McDonald's: Inside the $2.4 billion plan to change the way you think about the most iconic restaurant on the planet. Over the past five years the genetics of earwax has come back into the spotlight. From Dissent, Daniel Greenwood on how prosperity comes from justice, not austerity; and an excerpt from Food Justice by Robert Gottlieb and Anupama Joshi. What the Tofflers got right (and wrong): They predicted the “electronic frontier” of the Internet, Prozac, YouTube, cloning, home-schooling, the self-induced paralysis of too many choices, instant celebrities, and the end of blue-collar manufacturing — not bad for 1970. Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam isn't to blame — the root of the problem is foreign military occupations. A review of Everything Explained Through Flowcharts: All of Life's Mysteries Unraveled, Including Tips for World Domination, Which Religion Offers the Best Afterlife, Alien Pickup Lines, and the Secret Recipe for Gettin' Laid Lemonade by Doogie Horner. An interview with Steve Hendricks, author of A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial. Has the Earth run out of any natural resources? Being Suicidal: What it feels like to want to kill yourself. Why Time needs Newsweek: The codependency of America's two surviving newsweeklies. The future of pot: Medical marijuana opened the door to full legalization, so what would America look like in 2020?

From Tenured Radical, what is our work? A three part series on feminist education. Martha Nussbaum reviews The Feminist Promise: 1792 to the Present by Christine Stansell. A review of Contesting Archives: Finding Women in the Sources. A look at how women are changing the face of philanthropy. Catching up on feminist theory: Bell Hooks. Can feminism thrive in fashion magazines? Despite the doubters, the editors of Flare, Elle, and Fashion believe women’s issues and fashion don’t have to be at odds with each other. Paxton Quigley on her book Armed & Female: Taking Control. Our hypersexual culture: Are sexually active women convincing themselves they are liberated? A look at why women make better politicians. For men and women in leadership positions usually occupied by the other gender, a single mistake is seen as evidence of incompetence. Scars and the mutilation of bodies are challenging and frightening for society, but while scars on men are often viewed as "tough" and "powerful", no such admirable qualities are assigned to the disfigurement of women’s bodies. Satoshi Kanazawa on why girls are more intelligent than boys, but men are more intelligent than women. In Hollywood movies, men and women are never "just friends". A look at what the presence of attractive young women can do to men. A look at 6 (wrong) questions men love to ask about women. New research finds confronting a man about his sexist language can have surprisingly positive results. Real men cry and do laundry: An anthropology of the new male self-improvement mags. An interview with Diane Torr, co-author of Sex, Drag, and Male Roles: Investigating Gender as Performance. A review of Manthropology: The Science of the Inadequate Modern Male by Peter McAllister.