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|ISBN:||9780230248687 0230248683 9780230248694 0230248691|
|Description:||xiv, 258 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm.|
|Contents:||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 1992 ; 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.
|Series Title:||Contemporary states and societies.|
Reviews of first edition: 'I wholeheartedly recommend this...convenient synthesis of recent scholarship on Japan.' - Luis G. Perez, Journal of Asian Studies 'It should become a standard student text