This special issue of Asian Studies is a tribute to Josefa Saniel, PhD, former dean of the UP Asian Center and one of the "pioneers" of Japan Studies in post-war Philippines. 


Four Japanese: Their Plans for the Expansion of Japan to the Philippines

Jose Rizal and Suehiro Tetcho: Filipino and Japanese Political Novelists

The Japanese Minority in The Philippines Before Pearl Harbor: Social Organization in Davao

The Erosion of the Bi-polar Power Structure in the 1960’s: Its Impact Upon East Asian Countries

Area Studies: A Focus of the Multidisciplinary Approach in the Social Sciences

Japan and the Philippines: From Traditional to Modern Societies

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