Contemporary Japan: History, Politics, and Social Change since the 1980s

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Wiley, Jun 8, 2010 - History - 328 pages
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Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change since the 1980s presents a comprehensive examination of the causes of the Japanese economic bubble in the late 1980s and the socio-political consequences of the recent financial collapse.
  • Represents the only book to examine in depth the turmoil of Japan since Emperor Hirohito died in 1989, the Cold War ended, and the economy collapsed
  • Provides an assessment of Japan's dramatic political revolution of 2009
  • Analyzes how risk has increased in Japan, undermining the sense of security and causing greater disparities in society
  • Assesses Japan's record on the environment, the consequences of neo-liberal reforms, immigration policies, the aging society, the US alliance, the Imperial family, and the 'yakuza' criminal gangs 
  • Selected as a 2011 Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE


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Contemporary Japan: History, Politics, and Social Change Since the 1980s

User Review  - Savannah Schroll Guz - Book Verdict

Building on his previous examinations, Kingston (Japan's Quiet Transformation; Japan in Transformation) divides this incisive contemporary portrait into five essay-style chapters, emphasizing the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jake Adelstein - Goodreads

An excellent and profound introduction to post bubble Japan. The sections on the nuclear power industry and the yakuza are well-written, easy for the novice to understand, and in the case of the ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Jeff Kingston is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at the Japan Campus of Temple University. He has written widely on modern Japanese history and Japan's relations with Asia, including the books Japan in Transformation 1952-2000 (2004) and Japan's Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil Society in the 21st century (2005).

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