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Reinventing Japan : from merchant nation to civic nation

Author: Yasuo Takao
Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"The merchant nation of Japan's fall from grace in recent years has lead to a major realignment of state-society power relations with welcomed democratizing effects. This book is about the emerging civic face of twenty-first century Japan. It illustrates how new and emerging relationships between civil society groups and local government are becoming key elements of Japan's changing structures of governance. It  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yasuo Takao
ISBN: 9781403984142 140398414X
OCLC Number: 122715376
Description: xii, 253 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
National Identity and Democracy: Reactive Pacifism to Pro-active Pacifism --
A Local Focus of the Nation State: Production to Consumption Priorities --
The Rise of Voluntary Association: Exclusive Chien-Ketsuen to Inclusive Voluntarism --
Democratic Decentralization: Participation in Local Community Decision-Making --
Co-Governance by Local Government and Civil Society Groups: Balancing Equity and Efficiency for Trust in Public Institutions --
"Digital" Local Communities: Disengagement to Participation --
Women in Grassroots Politics: Voters to Politicians --
Foreigners in Local Communities: Beneficiaries to Participants --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Yasuo Takao.
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The book is about new dynamic forces that are driving change in Japan. It is developed around two key concepts of civil society and social capital. The focus is on pathways to Japan's social renewal  Read more...

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