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

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John Wiley & Sons, May 30, 2012 - History - 328 pages
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The second edition of this comprehensive study of recent Japanesehistory now includes the author's expert assessment of the effectsof the earthquake and tsunami, including the political andenvironmental consequences of the Fukushima reactor meltdown.
  • Fully updated to include a detailed assessment of the aftermathof the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami
  • Shows how the nuclear crisis at Fukushima was an accidentwaiting to happen
  • Includes detailed discussion of Japan's energy policy, now influx after the mishandling of the Fukushima crisis
  • Analyzes Japan's 'Lost Decades', why jobs and families are lessstable, environmental policies, immigration, the aging society, theUS alliance, the imperial family, and the 'yakuza' criminalgangs
  • Authoritative coverage of Japanese history over the last twodecades, one of the country's most tumultuous periods
 

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Contents

Occupation 194552
Politics
Foreign Policy
Economy
Heisei Transformations
Economy Implodes
Lessons from Japan
Media Awakens
Prospects
Zainichi
Nikkeijin
Chinese Migrants
Foreign Caregivers
A Step Too Far
Awkward Talisman
Yushukan and War Memory

Time of Reckoning
Untrustworthy
Transparency
Disparities
Japans Quiet Transformation
Consequences
Baby Drought
Growing Old
Managing Crisis
Caregiving
Senior Abuse
Pensions
Prospects
Divorce
Entrenched in Poverty
Domestic Violence
Child Abuse Epidemic
Suicide
Conclusion
Past as Prologue
Running Amok
Village of the Damned
Anatomy of a Crisis
Big Bang?
Desperate Youth
Women Workers
Conclusion
Political Revolution
Taming the Bureaucracy?
Japans Enigma
The 1955 System
LDP Factions and Structural Corruption
Demise of the Left
Electoral Reform
Koizumi
Floundering
Prospects
Normal Nation?
Unarmed?
Contesting Article 9
North Korea Abductees and Impasse
Futenma Dilemma
Paying Tribute
Koizumi Spotlight
Reconciliation Tango
Unfinished Business
Asia Womens Fund AWF
Requiem for Reconciliation
Prospects
Greenwashing
Nuclear Follies
Renewable Energy
Closure on Minamata
Whaling Wars
Construction State
Conclusion
Ousting Kan
Promoting Nuclear Energy
Crisis Waiting to Happen
Tsunami Risk
Culture of Safety?
Aftershocks and Fallout
Reckoning
Reconstruction
Reflections and Prospects
Relevance
Democratic Reconciler
Conservatives Fading Hopes
Divisive Symbols
Korean Ancestry
Guilty?
Family Discord and Succession Politics
Prospects
Flexible Business Model
Membership
Nexus
Recession Management
Public Image
Yakuza Recession?
The Tide Turns
Citizens Fight Back
Crisis?
Prospects
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Jeff Kingston is Professor of History and Director ofAsian Studies at the Japan Campus of Temple University. He haswritten widely on modern Japanese history and Japan’srelations with Asia, including the books Japan in Transformation1952–2000 (2001) and Japan’s QuietTransformation: Social Change and Civil Society in the 21stCentury (2004). He has also edited Natural Disaster andNuclear Crisis in Japan (2012). With academic interests thatinclude a broader regional purview, he contributes to a variety ofmajor publications and is regularly interviewed by global mediaoutlets.

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