In the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, science and technology studies (STS) author Osamu Kanamori contributed greatly to the fields of medicine, technology, STS, and the history of science. He represented new ideas coming from France, the United States, and Japan, and influenced histories of scientific ideas and STS in Japan and East Asia. This special issue explores Kanamori’s extensive work and a new history of medicine in modern Japan that emerged during his period of activity. Contributors discuss four topics inspired by Kanamori’s works: medical technology, infectious diseases, psychiatric war pensions, and bioethical sci-fi.
Contributors: Anna Andreeva, Jia-shin Chen, Kjell Ericson, Yuki Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Hondou, Casper Bruun Jensen, Wen-Hua Kuo, John Law, Wen-yuan Lin, ?Koichi Mikami, Eri Nakamura, Daisuke Okumura, Kaori Sasaki, Akihisa Setoguchi, Yuya Shimizu, Akihito Suzuki, Akinobu Takabayashi, Honghong Tinn, Togo Tsukahara