Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives: Political and Economic Change in a Tōhoku Village

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University of Hawaii Press, 1991 - History - 259 pages
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Tanohata in the 1950s was an isolated fishing village in the Tohoku region of Japan. Life there was so miserable that those who could leave did, and those who could not stayed on in a state of demoralization. By the 1980s, however, Tanohata had not only joined the mainstream of Japanese culture and economic life, but had done so with an adroitness that attracted national notice. The story of that dramatic transformation, written from the perspective of one who has both observed and participated in the changes for the last 20 years, brings into dramatic focus what is happening throughout Japan in the 20th century.

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Larry J. Bailey attended Ball State University and taught high school industrial arts prior to completing the Doctor of Education degree in Vocational Education at the University of Illinois. Before joining Southern Illinois University in 1969, he held faculty research appointments at the University of Illinois and at the University of Iowa. The author of seven books and more than 100 other book chapters, articles, papers, and reports, Dr. Bailey also served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Career Education and the Advisory Council on Adult, Vocational, and Technical Education, State of Illinois. Dr. Bailey retired from his professorship at SIU in 2004, but continues to work part-time on the development of instructional materials for distance learning and other special projects for the Department of Workforce Education and Development.

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