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Dogs and Demons Tales from the Dark Side of Modern Japan

ISBN-10: 0809039435
ISBN-13: 9780809039432
Edition: N/A
Authors: Alex Kerr
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 2/10/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

A surprising assessment of the failures and successes of modern Japan. In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the many facets of Japan's recent, and chronic, crises -- from the failure of its banks and pension funds to the decline of its once magnificent modern cinema. He is the first to give a full report on the nation's endangered environment -- its seashores lined with concrete, its roads leading to nowhere in the mountains -- as well as its "monument frenzy," the destruction of old cities such as Kyoto and construction of drab new ones, and the attendant collapse of its tourist industry. Kerr writes with humor and passion, for "passion," he says, "is part of the story. Millions of Japanese feel as heartbroken at what is going on as I do. My Japanese friends tell me, 'Please write this -- for us.'"

Alex Kerr, educated at Yale, Oxford, and Keio Universities, is the author of many monographs and articles in both Japanese and English. His last book, Lost Japan, was the first by a foreigner to win the Shincho Literary Prize for nonfiction. He now lives in Bangkok.

Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Prologue
The Land: The Construction State
Environment: Cedar Plantations and Orange Ooze
The Bubble: Looking Back
Information: A Different View of Reality
Bureaucracy: Power and Privilege
Monuments: Airports for Radishes
Old Cities: Kyoto and Tourism
New Cities: Electric Wires and Roof Boxes
Demons: The Philosophy of Monuments
Manga and Massive: The Business of Monuments
National Wealth: Debt, Public and Private
Education: Following the Rules
After School: Flowers and Cinema
Internationalization: Refugees and Expats
To Change or Not to Change: Boiled Frog
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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