The Emptiness of Japanese Affluence
When this eloquent and perceptive study was originally published, it was still possible to refer to Japanese affluence without irony. And as Norma Fields notes in her foreword to this new edition, now that that is no longer the case, [McCormack's] careful analyses are all the more compelling: for we must acknowledge that Japan once provided world history with an astonishingly successful version of capitalism. Even at its height, or rather, especially at its height, McCormack shows, this success was blighted at its core, being unsustainable.
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The author or editor of numerous books on Asia (e.g., Democracy in Contemporary Japan, M.E. Sharpe, 1986) and a professor at Australian National University, McCormack here scrutinizes the political ... Read full review
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