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Shutting out the sun : how Japan created its own lost generation

Author: Michael Zielenziger
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2007, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage Departures edView all editions and formats
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The world's second wealthiest country, Japan once seemed poised to overtake America. But its failure to recover from the economic collapse of the early 1990s was unprecedented, and today it confronts an array of disturbing social trends. Japan has the highest suicide rate and lowest birthrate of all industrialized countries and a rising incidence of untreated cases of depression. Even more troubling are the more  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Zielenziger
ISBN: 9781400077793 1400077796
OCLC Number: 148997164
Notes: "Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Nan A. Talese ... New York, 2006"--Title page verso.
Description: x, 340 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: An adjustment disorder. --
"An arrow pointed deep inside me" --
Broken apart from others. --
A long tunnel. --
Personalities "front" and "back" --
Three Japanese "lunatics" --
Careening off course. --
The iron triangle of the psyche. --
The cult of the brand. --
Womb strike. --
Marriage in a homosexual society. --
Falling off the tightrope. --
Rising sun and hermit kingdom. --
A completely new value system. --
Hikikomori nation and sheltering uncle. --
"A single ray of light". --
Dictionary of Japanese terms.
Responsibility: Michael Zielenziger.

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The world's second wealthiest country, Japan once seemed poised to overtake America. But its failure to recover from the economic collapse of the early 1990s was unprecedented, and today it confronts an array of disturbing social trends. Japan has the highest suicide rate and lowest birthrate of all industrialized countries and a rising incidence of untreated cases of depression. Even more troubling are the more than one million young men who shut themselves in their rooms, withdrawing from society, and the growing numbers of "parasite singles," the name given to single women who refuse to leave home, marry, or bear children. In SHUTTING OUT THE SUN, Michael Zielenziger argues that Japan's rigid, tradition-steeped society, its aversion to change, and its distrust of individuality and the expression of self are stifling economic revival, political reform, and social evolution. Giving a human face to the country's malaise, Zielenziger explains how these constraints have driven intelligent, creative young men to become modern-day hermits. At the same time, young women, better educated than their mothers and earning high salaries, are rejecting the traditional path to marriage and motherhood, preferring to spend their money on luxury goods and travel. Smart, unconventional, and politically controversial, SHUTTING OUT THE SUN is a bold explanation of Japan's stagnation and its implications for the rest of the world.

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