Japan's Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil Society in 21st Century Japan

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2004-10-28
  • Publisher: RoutledgeCurzon

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In the 1990s the phenomenal growth of the Japanese economy ground to a shuddering halt and the country was subsequently crippled by enormous and ongoing political, economic and social problems. This accessible and engaging textbook for all students of Japanese studies is beautifully illustrated with striking images of turmoil and change in contemporary Japan. Kingston examines the transformation of Japan, evaluating the social, economic and political challenges it has faced, as well as prospects for the future addressing what is often missed by media's relentless pessimistic coverage. Controversially, it argues that the Japan that emerges from these manifold problems may, in fact, be stronger than before. Areas covered include: * The power of bureaucracy * Information disclosure * Judicial Reform * Infrastructure * Health, BSE and the struggle for human rights * Nationalism and 'Japaneseness' * Social transformation: family, gender, ageing, and work

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements xii
Preface xiv
The Lost Decade of the 1990s
Information disclosure
Building civil society: NPOs and judicial reform
Rogues and riches: the bureaucrats' fall from grace
Downsizing the construction state
Bad blood: the betrayal and infection of Japan's hemophiliacs
Dignity denied
Mad cows and ocean cockroaches
One hand clapping: currents of nationalism in contemporary Japan
Social transformations: family, gender, aging, and work
Conclusion Under construction: Japan's nascent civil society 306(7)
Glossary 313(10)
Notes 323(16)
Bibliography 339(8)
Index 347

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