- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (September 20, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 151070826X
- ISBN-13: 978-1510708266
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.2 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Vanished: The "Evaporated People" of Japan in Stories and Photographs Hardcover – September 20, 2016
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"Chilling." New York Post
An extraordinary book. An investigation that reads like a novel.” Nicolas Demorand, France Inter
The Vanished is a valuable look at a side of Japan rarely mentioned by its inhabitants. Hats off to Mauger and Remael for investigating areas where normal’ Japanese don't dare to tread.” Benjamin Boas, Keio University, Tokyo
Reading The Vanished, I felt like I was really there, traveling together with Léna and Stéphane and discovering with them different layers of understanding deeper than what I apparently see in my daily life here in Tokyo. One of those books that leave an imprint and make you think about what is important in life. I feel the word johatsu will stay in my heart forever.” Hector Garcia, author, A Geek in Japan
An important book about a facet of Japanese society that often slips below the focal points of other, more sweeping treatments of Japan. . . . I hope the book will be translated into Japanese.” Charles T. Whipple, author, Seeing Japan and A Matter of Tea
"A brilliant and meticulous investigation." Générations Plus
About the Author
Stéphane Remael is a documentary photographer. He has traveled the world to cover stories in Bolivia, Georgia, China, Nepal, and Morocco, among other places. His work has been published in numerous French and international newspapers and magazines such as Newsweek, TIME, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
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(The photography in the book is very powerful, though.)
The book is actually quite short as the pages are very thick, glossy paper with large font that makes me feel like I'm reading a kid's book, and there are many photos throughout.
If you're looking for a short book that covers a fair amount of general topics relating to deviant behavior or social issues in Japan, this is a decent introduction, but isn't quality enough for use as a source for research and for many may not be interesting enough as it's not fiction. They could have benefitted from going into much more detail on each story. There is quite a lot of heavily generalized opinion passed off factually in the book as well, which is something I don't love when it is presenting itself as an authority on the subject. Sure, it is written by journalists so that's to be expected to an extent, but if you have formal education in these subjects besides you can see the faults in the writing of people who do not know a lot about the subject they are writing on.
The bottom line: pretty entertaining general read about "weird Japan" but not nearly enough about the subject in which the book is titled, and not enough research for the authority it seems to claim.
Unfortunately, it is not. I would not purchase this book, and am glad to have found it in the library.