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Bending adversity : Japan and the art of survival

Author: David Pilling, (Editor)
Publisher: New York : The Penguin Press, 2014. ©2014
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Pilling's exploration begins with Japan's 2011 triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. His reporting reveals both Japan's vulnerabilities and its resilience, pushing him to understand the country's past through cycles of crisis and reconstruction. Japan's survivalist mentality has carried it through tremendous hardship, but is also the source of great destruction: It was the nineteenth-century  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Pilling, (Editor)
ISBN: 9781594205842 1594205841 9780143126959 0143126954
OCLC Number: 852221347
Notes: Originally published : London : Allen Lane, 2014.
Description: xxxiv, 382 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part one. Tsunami. Tsunami --
Bending adversity --
Part two. Double-bolted land. Shimaguni --
Leaving Asia --
Part three. Decades found and lost. The magic teapot --
After the fall --
Part four. Life after growth. Japan as number three --
Samurai with a quiff --
Life after growth --
The promised road --
From behind the screen --
Part five. Adrift. Asia ex-Japan --
Abnormal nation --
Part six. After the tsunami. Fukushima fallout --
Citizens --
After the tsunami.
Responsibility: David Pilling.
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Offers an analysis of a group of islands which have shown great resilience, both in the face of financial distress and when confronted with the overwhelming disaster of the 2011 earthquake. This book  Read more...

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Bending Adversity is a superb reappraisal of the so-called 'lost decade(s)' of contemporary Japan. David Pilling combines a historian's breadth of vision, an anthropologist's clearheadedness, an Read more...

 
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