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New Voices was launched in December 2006 with the aim of supporting early career researchers and postgraduate students in Japanese studies to share their research interests with as wide an audience as possible.

In this third issue of New Voices, we have expanded the scope of the journal to showcase the work of both Honours and Masters graduates who completed their research at Australian Universities from 2006 —2008.

This year we have again been fortunate to receive a diverse range of submissions, demonstrating the quality and varied subject matter of Japanese studies research being conducted at universities across Australia. I hope that each volume of New Voices will encourage emerging Japanese studies scholars to continue their research and interest in Japan, while acting as a resource for general readers interested in early career Japanese studies scholarship in Australia.

I’d like to thank the following people for their assistance on this issue of New Voices: our Guest Editor, Dr Christine de Matos for her wonderful guidance and advice throughout the editorial and publication process; members of the editorial advisory board, for kindly offering their time and expertise to review the articles; Wakao Koike and Susan Wake for editorial assistance; and finally the 6 contributors and their supervisors without whose interest and enthusiasm this project would not have been possible.

Tokiko Kiyota
The Japan Foundation, Sydney
December 2009

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