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Contemporary Japan

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ISBN-10: 0333961927

ISBN-13: 9780333961926

Edition: 2nd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Duncan McCargo

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Now fully revised and updated, this widely-praised introductory text explores Japan through the prism of three alternative perspectives: mainstream, revisionist, and culturalist. Beginning with the noting of Japan as a 'contested territory' the book focuses on debates about the real nature of Japan's successes and shortcomings.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 5/7/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

List of Figures, Tables, Boxes and Maps
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
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
The developmental state?
The structure of Japanese business
Busts and booms
Accounting for the end of the 'miracle'
Social Structure and Social Policy
Cultural characteristics
Family structure
The urban-rural divide
Health and demography
Class and inequality
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
Political Society: Parties and Opposition
The nature of the LDP
Accounting for LDP dominance
The high cost of electoral politics
The politics of construction
Reforming party funding
Opposition parties: fragmentation and the quest for credibility
Other opposition parties
The labour movement
The end of LDP rule in 1993
Why did the LDP lose power?
Changes in domestic politics and political economy
Japanese politics after 1993: the second party system
An emerging two-party system?
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 and the US-Japan alliance
Japan and Asia
Japan and China
Japan and North Korea
Aid policy
Trade and investment
Other key relationships
Japan and the war on terrorism
Interpreting Japan
Recommended Reading
Japan on the Internet