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This book investigates the ways in which 'language' and 'culture' come to be standardized through ideology, representation in textbooks and in classroom practices. In doing so, it provides insights into the standardization processes which address the theoretical and practical concerns of researchers and educators. The cases that this book illustrate a wide range of Japanese language/culture standardization processes in numerous contexts: translation in Meiji-era Japan, the ideologies of the standardization of regional dialects in Japan, practices in college Japanese-as-a-Foreign-Language classrooms in the United States, discourses in journals of Japanese language education, and classroom practices in nursery and primary schools in Japan. Japan has undergone extensive standardization in terms of its culture and language to such a degree that they are commonly believed to be homogeneous, providing an important case for a study of standardization. Few such studies have been published in English, making this book all the more important.