Received: 29 April 2018
Accepted: 13 July 2018
First Online: 17 August 2018
: Sociologist Naoko Shimazaki has been researching and writing about the Japanese coal mining industry for the last twenty years. Her particular focus has been on the re-employment of discharged coal miners, the migration of former miner’s families, and the regeneration of former coal mining region and communities. She is Professor of Sociology at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.
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