Rosa Caroli is Professor of Japanese History at the Department of Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy, and a specialist of modern and contemporary history of Japan. Her main field of research is the evolution of Japan’s modern state with particular regard to identitarian discourses on both the nation and its peripheries. She has also written extensively about the history of Okinawa and, more recently, about Edo-Tokyo history. Stefano Soriani is Professor of Economic and Political Geography at the Department of Economics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy. His research focuses on ports and maritime transportation, and the societal and economical implication of integrated coastal zone management plans and initiatives. He has also published extensively about waterfront redevelopment and the evolution of cityports in the Mediterranean area.