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Stephanie Assmann is a specially appointed professor in the Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University, Japan. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Japan from the University of Hamburg, Germany. She is the author of Value Change and Social Stratification in Japan: Aspects of Women’s Consumer Behaviour (Institute for Asian Affairs Hamburg, 2005) and the coeditor of Japanese Foodways, Past and Present (University of Illinois Press, 2010, co-edited with Eric C. Rath). Her research interests include the study of consumer behaviour with a focus on foodways.

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