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Who rules Japan? : the inner circles of economic and political power

Author: Harold R Kerbo; John A McKinstry
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1995.
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Bound to be controversial, Who Rules Japan? is a study that expertly connects the country's economic, cultural, historical, and political facets. Kerbo and McKinstry explain how this new type of upper class has gradually spurned the "traditional" ideals of democracy in favor of an elitist approach that exploits the masses and causes ominous unrest. As a result, Japan is now confronted with a critical turning point  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kerbo, Harold R.
Who rules Japan?
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1995
(OCoLC)646891922
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold R Kerbo; John A McKinstry
ISBN: 0275949036 9780275949037
OCLC Number: 32131125
Description: viii, 217 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The "Iron triangle" : the nature and impact of Japanese elites --
Japan : some key aspects of social structure and culture --
From Bakufu to Keiretsu : the making of the Japanese upper class --
The corporate elite : a new upper class for "Japan Inc." --
The bureaucratic elite : the guiding hand and training ground for a new upper class --
The political elite : junior partner and protectorate --
Uniting for power : intermarriage, Keibatsu, business groups, and social clubs --
The Todai connection : elite recruitment and reproduction --
Japan's mass society : people control for elite power --
Elites and the future of Japan : some final thoughts.
Responsibility: Harold R. Kerbo and John A. McKinstry.

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Bound to be controversial, Who Rules Japan? is a study that expertly connects the country's economic, cultural, historical, and political facets. Kerbo and McKinstry explain how this new type of upper class has gradually spurned the "traditional" ideals of democracy in favor of an elitist approach that exploits the masses and causes ominous unrest. As a result, Japan is now confronted with a critical turning point in its history. The elites must choose between consolidating their personal power by continuing to resist change or beginning to make necessary sacrifices for their nation at the expense of their own privilege and prestige. The course they take will determine Japan's fate and the shape of the world order into the next century. Unique in its approach, this book will be of interest to scholars, researchers, students, and the general reader - all those interested in understanding Japan's inner struggle.

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