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Introduction to Japanese politics

Author: Louis D Hayes
Publisher: Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 5th edView all editions and formats
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Offering an introduction to the Japanese political system, this book covers the end of the Koizumi era, the brief and troubled premiership of Abe, and the selection of Fukuda as prime minister. It  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Louis D Hayes
ISBN: 9780765622785 0765622785 9780765622792 0765622793
OCLC Number: 226038476
Notes: "An East gate book."
Description: xii, 387 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Modern Japan: background --
Introduction --
General history --
Japan and the West --
The restoration --
Modernization --
The imperial system --
The occupation --
The goals of the occupation --
Labor --
Land reform --
Education --
The zaibatsu --
The 1947 constitution --
The political process --
The structure of government --
The legislative process --
Organization --
Procedure --
The cabinet --
Bureaucracy --
Local government --
The legal system --
The legal profession --
Political parties: I --
The Japanese party system --
The Liberal Democratic Party --
The role of factions --
LDP party politics --
Choosing the party leader --
The Nakasone era --
The new liberal club --
Decline and fall --
Rebuilding --
Political parties: II --
The Japan Socialist Party --
The Clean Government Party --
The Japan Communist party --
The Democratic Socialist Party --
Other parties --
Political parties and democracy in Japan --
Political corruption and political reform --
The politics of corruption --
The Lockheed scandal --
The recruit scandal --
The Sagawa Kyūbin scandal --
The institutionalization of corruption --
Party philosophy --
Public opinion --
Ineffective opposition --
Money and politics --
Reform proposals --
Conclusion --
Political participation --
The electoral system --
Getting elected --
The role of the press --
Electoral reform --
Protest politics --
Citizens' movements: the environment --
Pressure groups --
Professional associations --
Business --
Agriculture --
Labor --
Students. Society and economy --
The social order --
Social identity --
Social status --
The individual and the group --
Social distinctions and politics --
Ethnic groups --
Women --
Political groups --
The economy --
The post-World War II economy --
Economic characteristics --
Major strengths --
Major weaknesses --
The Japanese worker --
Worker compensation --
Lifetime employment --
Japanese management --
The role of exports --
Meeting the challenge --
The post-bubble economy --
Public services --
Education and health care --
Education and the social system --
The educational system today --
Literacy --
Curriculum --
Why do students work so hard? --
Higher education --
Students --
The issue of academic status --
Faculty --
Financing higher education --
Problems of higher education --
Education and Japan's future --
Health care --
National health program --
Costs --
Aging population --
Medical services --
Public safety --
Crime rates --
The criminal justice system --
The police --
Vice and victimless crimes --
Political corruption --
Japan and the world --
Foreign relations --
Foreign political relations --
Japan-China relations --
Japan-Russia relations --
Japan and Eastern Europe --
Japan and the Third World --
Other developments --
Relations with the United States --
Security issues --
Development assistance --
Technical competition --
The nuclear issue --
Foreign economic relations --
International trade pressures --
Defense --
From hot war to Cold War --
The Japanese defense establishment --
Organization of the military --
Projecting Japanese military power --
The North Korea problem --
Japan and international peacekeeping operations --
Constraints on expanding the military --
Public opinion --
Article nine --
Budget constraints --
Japanese strategy in the new millennium --
Conclusions --
Problems and prospects --
The institutional dimension --
The political process --
The changing social context --
Economic development --
International relations --
Quality of life issues --
Appendix A: The constitution of Japan --
Appendix B: Parliamentary election results --
Appendix C: Prime ministers of Japan --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Louis D. Hayes.
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