In 2012, Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus announced the start of a new initiative: volume-length e-book compilations of essays on selected topics with explanatory introductions by scholars.

Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus is proud to provide educational resources suitable for classroom use. The volume editors have chosen articles from the archive that lend themselves particularly well to classroom use and work well as a set. All volumes have been peer-reviewed, in addition to the initial review process each article went through when it was originally posted.

Fifteen readers are currently available for download on the following topics:

  1. War and Visual Culture, edited by Hong Kal and Jooyeon Rhee
  2. Environmental History, edited by Eiko Maruko Siniawer
  3. War in Japanese Popular Culture, edited by Matthew Penney
  4. Women and Japan’s Political Economy, edited by Valerie Barske
  5. Public Opinion on Nuclear Power in Japan after the Fukushima Disaster, edited by Brian Earl
  6. Japan’s “Abandoned People” in the Wake of Fukushima, edited by Brian Earl
  7. The Politics of Memory in Japan and East Asia, edited by Sven Saaler & Justin Aukema
  8. The Japanese Empire: Colonial Lives and Postcolonial Struggle, edited by Kirsten Ziomek
  9. Japan, China, and Pan-Asianism, edited by Alan Baumler
  10. Religion in Modern Asia: Tradition, State and Society, edited by Michael Bathgate
  11. Zainichi Koreans: The Past, the Present, and the Future, edited by Noboru Tomonari
  12. Putting Okinawa at the Center, edited by Lonny Carlile
  13. White Peril/Yellow Peril and Japan’s Pan-Asian Visions, 1850-1930, edited by Owen Griffiths
  14. Japan and the American-led Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, edited by Marie Thorsten
  15. The Ainu People: Indigeneity, Culture and Politics, edited by Noboru Tomonari