Andrew GORDON - Tokyo College
Tokyo College Professor


Other Affiliations Harvard University, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies Research interests Modern Japanese History. History of Labor, Consumption, Industrial Heritage Website Period of stay January 24, 2020 through June 15, 2020
01 Description of Research

Recently I have been examining how people in Japan, including government officials, historians, local citizens, artists, architects, designers, and activists have understood Japan’s industrial heritage, ever since important industrial sites such as coal mines began to shut down in the 1960s and 1970s. I am interested in how these sites are viewed and described for local residents, for Japanese visitors from other regions, and for foreign tourists. I am looking at how the perception and presentation of industrial heritage changes when the national government and international organizations such as UNESCO (or foreign governments) become part of the process of curation and promotion.

02 Short Biography

Born in May, 1952
1975 Graduation from Harvard College, AB in East Asian Studies
1981 Graduation from Harvard University, Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages
1981-85 Harvard University, Assistant Professor of History
1985-87 Duke University, Assistant Professor of History
1987-91 Duke University, Associate Professor of History
1991-95 Duke University, Professor of History
1995-2002, Harvard University, Professor of History
2002-present, Harvard University, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History

03 Major Publications


1985 The Evolution of Labor Relations in Japan: Heavy Industry, 1853-1955. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

1991 Labor and Imperial Democracy in Prewar Japan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. [Fairbank Prize of American Historical Association (1991) and Arisawa Hiromi Prize Finalist (1992)]

1993 Postwar Japan as History. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. [Editor; Japanese translation published by Misuzu Shobo, 2002]

1998 The Wages of Affluence: Labor and Management in Postwar Japan. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

2002 A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. New York: Oxford University Press. [Translations published in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean]

2007 日本人が知らない松坂メジャー革命 (Nihonjin ga shiranai Matsuzaka mejaa kakumei) [Matsuzaka’s Unknown Major League Revolution]. Tokyo: Asahi Shinsho.

2008 A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

2011 Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

2012 日本労使関係史 1853-2010 (Nihon roshi kankei shi 1853-2010). Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten. [Japanese translation of The Evolution of Labor Relations in Japan, 1985-1955 (1985) with two additional chapters covering the period from the 1960s to the present]

2013 A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. 3rd ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

2013 ミシンと日本の近代:消費者の創出 (Mishin to Nihon no Kindai: Shouhisha no Soushutsu). Translated by Kaori Oshima. Tokyo: Misuzu Shobō. [Japanese translation of Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan (2011)]

2018 創発する日本へ:ポスト「失われた20年」のデッサン. Tokyo: Koubundou. [Co-editor with Kazuhiro Takii]

2019 A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press.


1986 “戦前南葛地域における労働組合の展開 (The Development of the Union Movement in the Prewar Nankatsu Area).” 大原社会問題研究所雑誌 326, no. 1: 1-17.

1987 “The Right to Work in Japan: Labor and the State in the Depression.” Social Research 54, no. 2: 247-272.

1988 “The Crowd and Politics in Tokyo, 1905-1918.” Past and Present 121: 141-170. [Japanese translation, “戦前日本の大衆政治行動と意識を探って – 東京における民衆騒擾の研究,” published in 歴史学研究, 1987]

1989 “Araki Toichiro and the Shaping of Labor Management.” In Japanese Management in Historical Perspective, edited by Tsunehiko Yui and Keiishiro Nakagawa. Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press.

1989 “The Business Lobby and Bureaucrats in Labor, 1911-1945.” In Managing Industrial Enterprise: Cases from Japan’s Prewar Experience, edited by William Wray. Cambridge, MA: Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University Press.

1993 “Contests for the Workplace.” In Postwar Japan as History, edited by Andrew Gordon. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

1994 “Luttes pour pouvoir dans les ateliers: ouvriers et direction dans la sidérurgie des années 50 au Japon.” Annales 49, no. 3 : 511-540.

1996 “Conditions for the Disappearance of the Japanese Working-Class Movement.” In Putting Class in Its Place: Worker Identities in East Asia, edited by Elizabeth J. Perry. Berkeley, CA: Institute of East Asian Studies.

1997 “Managing the Japanese Household: The New Life Movement in Postwar Japan.” Social Politics 3, no. 2: 245-283.

2002 “The Short Happy Life of the Japanese Middle Class.” In Social Contracts Under Stress: The Middle Classes of America, Europe, and Japan at the Turn of the Century, edited by Olivier Zunz, Leonard Schoppa, and Nobuhiro Hiwatari. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.

2006 “消費、生活、娯楽の「貫戦史」(A ‘Transwar’ History of Consumption, Daily Life, and Leisure).” In 日常生活の中の総力戦 (Total War in the Midst of Daily Life), edited by Aiko Kurasawa, Tooru Sugihara, Ryuichi Narita, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Daizaburo Yui, and Yutaka Yoshida. Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten.

2006 “From Sewing Machines to Credit Cards: Consumer Credit in 20th Century Japan.” In The Ambivalent Consumer: Questioning Consumption in East Asia and the West, edited by Sheldon Garon and Patricia L. Maclachlan. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

2007 “Consumption, Leisure and the Middle Class in Transwar Japan.” Social Science Japan Journal 10, no. 1: 1-21.

2009 “Selling the American Way: The Singer Sales System in Japan, 1900-1938.” Business History Review 82, no. 4.

2012 “Like Bamboo Shoots after the Rain: The Growth of a Nation of Dressmakers and Consumers.” In The Historical Consumer: Consumption and Everyday Life in Japan, 1850-2000, edited by Penelope Francks and Janet Hunter. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2012 “Consumption, Consumerism, and Japanese Modernity.” In The Oxford Handbook of the History of Consumption, edited by Frank Trentmann. New York: Oxford University Press.

2015 “Making Sense of the Lost Decades: Workplaces and Schools, Men and Women, Young and Old, Rich and Poor.” In Examining Japan’s Lost Decades, edited by Yoichi Funabashi and Barak Kushner. London: Routledge.

2015 “E. P. Thompson, Politics and History: Writing Social History Fifty Years after The Making of the English Working Class.” Co-authored with Rudi Batzell, Sven Beckert and Gabriel Winant. Special issue of Journal of Social History 48, no. 4: 753-758.

2016 “Introduction: The Global E.P. Thompson.” Co-authored with Rudi Batzell, Sven Beckert and Gabriel Winant. Special issue of International Review of Social History 61, no. 1: 1-9.

2017 “New and Enduring Dual Structures of Employment in Japan: The Rise of Non-Regular Labor, 1980s-2010s.” Social Science Japan Journal 20, no. 1: 9-36. [ISS-OUP Prize (2017) for the most outstanding article of the year in the Social Science Japan Journal]

2017 “Ideologies of State, Market, and Gender from High Growth to ‘Lost Decades’.” In The Lost Two Decades and the Transformation of Japanese Society. International Research Center for Japanese Studies. [Japanese translation, “高度成長から「失われた二十年」 へ ― 国家・市場・ジェンダーのイデオロギー ―,” published in日本研究, 2016 and 創発する日本へ:ポスト「失われた20年」のデッサン, 2018]

2017 “中村正則と日本の環太平洋史・環戦史 (Nakamura Masanori in the Trans-Pacific and Transwar).” 歴史学研究 960: 23-28.

2018 “Social Conflict and Control, Protest and Repression.” In 1914-1981-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, edited by Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Kenne, Alan Kramer, and Bill Nasson. Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin.

2019 “Dark Tourism and the History of Imperial and Contemporary Japan.” Special feature of The Asia-Pacific Journal Japan Focus 17 (6), no. 1.


1996 Kumazawa, Nakoto. Portraits of the Japanese Workplace: Labor Movements, Workers, and Mangers. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. [Editor, and translator with Mikiso Hane]

1997 Kazuo, Nimura. The Ashio Riot of 1907: A Social History of Mining in Japan. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. [Editor, and translator with Terry Boardman]

04 Honors and Awards

Elected Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2014
Imperial Decoration, Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, 2014