Historical Dictionary of Postwar Japan

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Scarecrow Press, Mar 18, 2011 - History - 423 pages
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Japan has emerged as a major world player following its defeat in World War II. After recovering from the war, lifting itself onto the stage of the late 20th century world, and jettisoning its cheap, bizarre goods, Japan began to extend its influence into the wider world. The impact was first felt in the economic arena. Japan's production and marketing of high quality products allowed it to gain an important foothold in the world's economy. Japanese products became increasingly recognized for their high quality and reliability, and Japan became dominant in several major technological fields. Japan is a mix of the old and the modern. This book will attempt to introduce the successes and failures of postwar Japan to its readers.

Historical Dictionary of Postwar Japan covers the most important aspects of Japan from 1945 through the present. While it emphasizes Japan's politics and its economy, it also has many entries on foreign relations, social issues, and the arts. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important people, organizations, activities, and events. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about postwar Japan.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Dictionary
9
Appendix A Prime Ministers 19452010
357
Appendix B House of Representative Seats by Political Parties after Elections
358
Appendix C House of Councillors Seats by Political Parties after Elections
359
Appendix D Japans Defense Expenditures in 100 Million Yen 19502009
360
Appendix E Japans GDP Percent of Increase 19472008
361
Appendix F GDP in Purchasing Power Parity by Country in US Billion 2009
362
Appendix I Japans Exports and Imports in Billions of Yen 19952008
365
Appendix J Current Account Balances in US Billion 2009
366
Appendix K Economic Aid in US Billion by Country 2009
367
Appendix L Nikkei Average in Yen 19842009
368
Appendix M Japans Population Growth 19402008
369
Appendix N Birth and Death Rates in Japan 19502008
370
Bibliography
371
About the Author
423

Appendix G GDP Nominal of Countries in US Billion 2009
363
Appendix H Gross National Income per Capita 2008
364

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About the author (2011)

William D. Hoover became fascinated with Japan as an undergraduate at Muskingum College and did his M.A. in Japanese Studies and his Ph.D. in history at the University of Michigan. He has devoted his life to the study of Japan by researching, writing, and teaching Japanese history and culture at the University of Toledo for 40 years.

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