9780199235698

Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction

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    9780199235698

  • ISBN10:

    0199235694

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/15/2009
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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Summary

Japan is arguably today's most successful industrial economy, combining almost unprecedented affluence with social stability and apparent harmony. Japanese goods and cultural products--from animated movies and computer games to cars, semiconductors, and management techniques--are consumed around the world. In many ways, Japan is an icon of the modern world, and yet it remains something of an enigma to many, who see it as a confusing montage of the alien and the familiar, the ancient and modern. This Very Short Introduction explodes the myths and explores the reality of modern Japan, offering a concise, engaging, and accessible look at the history, economy, politics, and culture of this fascinating nation. It examines what the term "modern" means to the Japanese, debunks the notion that Japan went through a period of total isolation from the world, and explores the continuity between pre- and post-war Japan. Anyone curious about this intriguing country will find a wealth of insight and information in these pages.

Author Biography


Christopher Goto-Jones is Professor of Modern Japan Studies at the University of Leiden. His publications include Political Philosophy in Japan : Nishida, the Kyoto School, and Co-Prospersity, RoutledgeCurzon (Leiden Series in Modern East Asia), 2005 and Re-Politicising the Kyoto School qua Philosophy RoutledgeCurzon (Leiden Series in Modern East Asia), 2006.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What is Modern Japan?
Japan's Encounter with the Modern World
Overcoming Modernity in Imperial Japan
Overcome by the Modern: the US Occupation
Japan's Miraculous Modern Economy
Towards a Post-Modern Society
Normalcy and Japan's Place in the Modern World
Further reading
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