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Articles by Janet Borland

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Janet Borland is the author of Earthquake Children: Building Resilience from the Ruins of Tokyo (Harvard University Asia Center, 2020). Her book won the 2020 Grace Abbott Book Prize and the 2020 Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities First Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2021 New South Wales Premier’s History Awards General History Prize and the 2022 Australian Historical Association’s W. K. Hancock Prize. Janet’s second book project, Endangered Icon, is a social, cultural and environmental history of the red-crowned crane in Japan. Her most recent publications include “Birds and Children as Barometers of Japan’s Postwar Environmental History” (chapter in Reconsidering Postwar Japanese History: A Handbook, 2023, edited by Simon Avenell), “Saving Red-Crowned Cranes” (Environmental History, 2022), and “In Memory of Future Earthquakes” (Journal of Material Culture, 2022). She is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at International Christian University in Tokyo, where she teaches courses on modern Japan, earthquakes, and environmental history. Her website was launched on the 100th anniversary of the Great Kantō Earthquake.