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Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan.

Author: Jeff Kingston
Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2013.
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This book provides undergraduate and graduate students with an interdisciplinary compendium written by a number of leading specialists on contemporary Japan. Chapters reflect the standards of rigorous scholarly work, but also exceed them in their accessibility of language and engagement with concerns relevant to non-specialists. The probing analysis of key debates and issues confronting Japan make this ideal for  Read more...
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Kingston, Jeff.
Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan.
Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeff Kingston
ISBN: 9781135084141 1135084149 9781135084073 1135084076
OCLC Number: 866449896
Notes: Note.
Description: 1 online resource (712 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of illustrations; List of contributors; Introduction; Part I: Political environment; 1. Japanese politics: mainstream or exotic?; Introduction; The Nihonjinron controversies; Insights from history; Cyclical politics in Japan?; Single-party dominance or alternation in power?; Endemic problems of political parties; Leadership; Bureaucracy; "Twisted Diet" (nejire kokkai); Conclusions: mainstream and "exotic" features of Japanese politics; Bibliography; 2. The politics of trade policy; Japanese trade policy: an overview. Politicization of trade policy issuesThe structure of Japan's trade politics; Pro-trade government leaders; A divided bureaucracy; Protectionist interest groups; Institutionalized opposition from within the ruling parties; Compensating farmers; The role of external pressure; Changing the trade policy-making process; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; 3. Limiting fundamental rights protection in Japan: the role of the Supreme Court; The children's case; Judicial review; Popular sovereignty and universal rights; Has the Court changed?; Voting rights and elections; Standing. Discrimination between siblingsThe Supreme Court's deference to other branches of government; Equality?; Restricting individual rights; Freedom of speech; Freedom of assembly; Freedom of conscience and belief; Procedural protections for persons accused of crime; Supreme Court appointments; Final comments; Notes; Bibliography; 4. Civil society: past, present, and future; Shimin shakai; NPOs; Social movements: a sketch of grassroots dynamism; Japan's civil society: looking to the future; Notes; Bibliography; 5. Japan's contemporary media; Cartels and press clubs; The other side of the story. Case study 1: punished for a scoop-Abe Shigeo and the NikkeiCase study 2: the lingering taboo-Japan's imperial family; Balkanized net; Conclusion; Acknowledgement; Notes; Bibliography; Part II: Nuclear and renewable energy; 6. Revisiting the limits of flexible and adaptive institutions: the Japanese government's role in nuclear power plant siting over the post-war period; How Japan has been so successful at siting controversial facilities; An active and innovative central government; Classifying state tools; Authority tools: eminent domain; Hortatory tools; Incentive tools; Capacity tools. Learning toolsConclusions: continuity, not change, post-disaster; Note; Bibliography; 7. Who controls whom? Constraints, challenges and rival policy images in Japan's post-war energy restructuring; Introduction; High prices, negative images, and declining profits; Restructuring: revisiting cause and effect; Policy images, issue frames and technical realities; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; 8. Japan's nuclear village: power and resilience; Nuclear village; Regulatory capture versus culture of safety; Outing the village; Buying cooperation; Public opinion; Regulatory revamp?; Conclusion.

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This book provides undergraduate and graduate students with an interdisciplinary compendium written by a number of leading specialists on contemporary Japan. Chapters reflect the standards of rigorous scholarly work, but also exceed them in their accessibility of language and engagement with concerns relevant to non-specialists. The probing analysis of key debates and issues confronting Japan make this ideal for college courses and an essential reference work on Japan/Asia for libraries. This book encompasses a range of disciplines in the social sciences and thus will be useful for a.

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