Introduction to Japanese Politics

ISBN-10: 0765622793
ISBN-13: 9780765622792
Edition: 5th 2009 (Revised)
Authors: Louis D. Hayes
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Book details

List price: $47.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/15/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Offering an introduction to the Japanese political system, this book covers the end of the Koizumi era, the brief and troubled premiership of Abe, and the selection of Fukuda as prime minister. In six parts, it addresses the country's distinctive social order and economy, educational, healthcare, and public safety systems.

Preface
Modern Japan: Background
Introduction
General History
Japan and the West
The Restoration
Modernization
The Imperial System
The Occupation
The Goals of the Occupation
Labor
Land Reform
Education
The Zaibatsu
The 1947 Constitution
The Political Process
The Structure of Government
The Legislative Process Organization
Procedure
The Cabinet
Bureaucracy
Local Government
The Legal System
The Legal Profession
Political Parties--I
The Japanese Party System
The Liberal Democratic Party
The Role of Factions LDP Party Politics
Choosing the Party Leader
The Nakasone Era
The New Liberal Club
Decline and Fall
Rebuilding
Political Parties--II
The Japan Socialist Party
The Clean Government Party
The Japan Communist Party
The Democratic Socialist Party
Other Parties
Political Parties and Democracy in Japan
Political Corruption and Political Reform
The Politics of Corruption The Lockheed Scandal
The Recruit Scandal
The Sagawa Kyubin Scandal
The Institutionalization of Corruption Party Philosophy
Public Opinion
Ineffective Opposition
Money and Politics
Reform Proposals
Conclusion
Political Participation
The Electoral System Getting Elected
The Role of the Press
Electoral Reform
Protest Politics
Citizens' Movements: The Environment
Pressure Groups Professional Associations
Business
Agriculture
Labor
Students
Society and Economy
The Social Order
Social Identity Social Status
The Individual and the Group
Social Distinctions and Politics Ethnic Groups
Women
Political Groups
The Economy
The Post-World War II Economy
Economic Characteristics Major Strengths
Major Weaknesses
The Japanese Worker
Worker Compensation
Lifetime Employment
Japanese Management
The Role of Exports
Meeting the Challenge
The Post-Bubble Economy
Public Services
Education and Health Care
Education and the Social System
The Educational System Today Literacy
Curriculum
Why Do Students Work So Hard?
Higher Education Students
The Issue of Academic Status
Faculty
Financing Higher Education
Problems of Higher Education
Education and Japan's Future
Health Care
National Health Program
Costs
Aging Population
Medical Services
Public Safety
Crime Rates
The Criminal Justice System
The Police
Vice and Victimless Crimes
Political Corruption
Japan and the World
Foreign Relations
Foreign Political Relations Japan-China Relations
Japan-Russia Relations
Japan and Eastern Europe
Japan and the Third World
Other Developments
Relations with the United States Security Issues
Development Assistance
Technical Competition
The Nuclear Issue
Foreign Economic Relations
International Trade Pressures
Defense
From Hot War to Cold War
The Japanese Defense Establishment Organization of the Military
Projecting Japanese Military Power
The North Korea Problem
Japan and International Peacekeeping Operations
Constraints on Expanding the Military Public Opinion
Article Nine
Budget Constraints
Japanese Strategy in the New Millennium
Conclusions
Problems and Prospects
The Institutional Dimension
The Political Process
The Changing Social Context
Economic Development
International Relations
Quality of Life Issues
The Constitution of Japan
Parliamentary Election Results
Prime Ministers of Japan
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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