Contemporary Japan

ISBN-10: 0230248691
ISBN-13: 9780230248694
Edition: 3rd 2012 (Revised)
Authors: Duncan McCargo
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Book details

List price: $25.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Limited
Publication date: 10/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

List of Illustrative Materials
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Map of Japan
Introduction: Themes and Debates
The mainstream perspective
The revisionist approach
The culturalist perspective
The country and its people
Conclusion
Historical Background
The Tokugawa period (1603-1868)
The Meiji period (1868-1912)
Taisho democracy
Imperialism, militarism and war
The American Occupation
The Changing Political Economy
The Occupation and after
Consolidating growth
Savings
The developmental state?
The structure of Japanese business
Busts and booms
Accounting for the end of the 'miracle'
Conclusion
Social Structure and Social Policy
Cultural characteristics
Family structure
Dating and relationships
The urban-rural divide
Women
Minorities
Immigration
Religions
Health and demography
Welfare
Class and inequality
Conclusion
Governing Structures
Electoral system
The prime minister
The Cabinet and the ministries
Local government
The judiciary
Bureaucracy and the bureaucratic-dominance debate
The policy process
Conclusion
Political Society: Parties and Opposition
The rise of the Democratic Party of Japan
The significance of the DPJ victory
The nature of the DPJ
Signs of long-term change?
A messy aftermath
Explaining the LDP
Reforming party funding
Opposition politics
The labour movement
The end of LDP rule in 1993
Japanese politics after 1993: the second party system?
Is there a new Japanese politics?
Conclusion
Socialization and Civil Society
Sources of socialization and social control
Policing and the criminal justice system
Forms of social organization and participation
Contrasting perspectives on Japanese civil society
Japan's External Relations
Japan's Self-Defence Forces
The US-Japan alliance
Okinawa and the issue of American bases
Japan and Asia
Japan and China
Japan and North Korea
Aid policy
Trade and investment
Internationalization
Other key relationships
Conclusion
Conclusion
Interpreting Japan
Conclusion
Recommended Reading
Bibliography
Index

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