The book offers a witty, vivid and honest insight into the daily life of a British Expat over the course of two years.
Author: Ash Watson
Because Japan 日本ですから, is a truly unabashed account of the less publicised side of life in Tokyo for a 'foreigner'. The book offers a witty, vivid and honest insight into the daily life of a British Expat over the course of two years. The author narrates stories taken from his "Journal of Firsts" which depict many new events including his first struggle, first mental challenge, and first exciting moment he faced living in this strange and fascinating new world. Through the use of newly learned Japanese phrases whilst travelling the country, themes of soul-searching, overcoming mental health obstacles, sexual orientation, racial discrimination, and culture shock are explored with honesty and candour. With the addition of a train-based mini series of hilarious encounters, Because Japan 日本ですから offers a behind the scenes insight into the 'real' Japan.
Japan does not fit easily into this complex set of perceptions and policies
because it presents China's Realists with a dilemma. As a result, China finds it
difficult to develop a consistent policy which is less US-fixated and does not invite
the very ...
Author: Reinhard Drifte
Japan's Security Relations with China since 1989 raises the crucial question of whether Japan's political leadership which is still preoccupied with finding a new political constellation and with overcoming a deep economic crisis is able to handle such a complex policy in the face of an increasingly assertive China and a US alliance partner with strong swings between engaging and containing China's power. This study of the highly topical bilateral relationship will be of great interest to students and researchers in Japanese and Chinese Studies, Politics, International Relations and Security Studies.
Why should a university course be devoted to the economy of Japan, a small
archipelago on the edge of the pacific rim inhabited by only 2.4 percent of the
world's population? Not because Japan is the unique example of a “non-Western
Author: David Flath
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Japan remains one of the dominant economic powers. Yet the Japanese economy is one of the most misunderstood phenomena in the modern world. Conventionally, Japan is presented as the exception to mainstream economic theory: an exception to the standard models of modern economics. This book demolishes that notion, bringing the full analytical power of economic thought to all aspects of the most dramatic economic success story in recent times. David Flath concentrates on four main themes: Japan's economic growth and development; Japan's integration with the world economy; Government policies and their effects; Economic institutions and practices. By applying common economic tools such as the Solow growth model, Modigliani's life-cycle model of saving, Becker's theory of investment, Samuelson's theory of revealed preference, Coase's exposition of the problem of social cost, and the modern theory of industrial organization, this book shows that the mainstream principles of economics apply in Japan as successfully as they do elsewhere. Revised and updated to take account of recent developments in Japanese banking and macroeconomics, this book is an indispensable resource for students and instructors alike. Lucid explanations and comprehensive and rigorous analysis make it natural choice for anyone interested in comprehending the rise of the Japanese economy.
But above all, bushido persists because it remains the dominant form of
masculinity into which young J apanese athletes, especially baseball players, are
socialized. Sports were introduced to Japan after it opened itself to the West in
the late ...
Author: Louis G. Perez
This compelling reference focuses on the events, individuals, organizations, and ideas that shaped Japanese warfare from early times to the present day. • Topic finder lists • A comprehensive timeline • 10 maps of key military theaters • Essential primary source documents related to the military history of Japan
While the interpretation just quoted of the sources of Japan's policy duringtheGulf
War isprobably correct, toput everything down to ... Because Japan needs
American support in international organizations; otherwise it would find itself
Author: R. P. Dore
Japan has enormous economic power and yet is a minor player in international politics. In part this has been due to the partnership with US, but now with the end of cold war there is a fierce debate going on in Japan regarding the international political role for the nation. This book is a response to the issues raised and was originally published in Japanese for a Japanese audience. Ronald Dore provides a full analysis of Japan's post war international position and in particular its role within the UN, the use of armed force and constitution. Japan, Internationalism and the UN provides a unique insight into Japan's foreign policy and its related domestic politics. It is the product of nearly half a century of study and discussion with the Japanese themselves about their place in the world.
The Debate on Subjectivity in Postwar japan: Foundations of Modernism as a
Political Critique* j. Victor Koschmann THE INTELLECTUAL HISTORY of modern
japan is punctuated by a series of debates, or ranso, each marking the
Author: Edward R. Beauchamp
First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
History, Politics, and Social Change since the 1980s Jeff Kingston. was
embarrassing to Japan's political elite because Japan was in the uncomfortable
position of aiding a war against fellow Asians. During the Korean War (1950–3),
US bases ...
Author: Jeff Kingston
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
The second edition of this comprehensive study of recent Japanese history now includes the author's expert assessment of the effects of the earthquake and tsunami, including the political and environmental consequences of the Fukushima reactor meltdown. Fully updated to include a detailed assessment of the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami Shows how the nuclear crisis at Fukushima was an accident waiting to happen Includes detailed discussion of Japan's energy policy, now in flux after the mishandling of the Fukushima crisis Analyzes Japan's 'Lost Decades', why jobs and families are less stable, environmental policies, immigration, the aging society, the US alliance, the imperial family, and the 'yakuza' criminal gangs Authoritative coverage of Japanese history over the last two decades, one of the country's most tumultuous periods
The economic and social structures that were created at that time worked well for
more than two decades because the economic and social conditions on a
national and international level were favourable for Japan . The Japanese model
Author: Claude Lonien
Publisher: IOS Press
The Japanese economy is currently at a crossroads and the embarrassing situation the country faces today is even worse than the Meiji restoration of 1868, the defeat after World War II in 1945 and the yen appreciation after the Plaza Agreements of 1985. Indeed, the traditional Japanese model is doomed to failure, mainly due to economic and industrial structures that are inappropriate towards increasing globalization, liberalization and deregulation. However, Japanese-style industrial capitalism is in this work compared to the economic and social models of other developed countries and this enables us to point out the path the Japanese economy may take in the 21st century in order to survive.
Corruption in Japan is pervasive, recurring, and harmful to democracy; and is "
structural" because it is built into the way politics works. It endures in part
because Japan's politicians who engage in acts of corruption are nearly always
Author: Roger W. Bowen
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
This is a short, readable, and incisive study of the corrosive effects of corruption in one of the world's major liberal democracies. It explores the disconnect between democratic rule and undemocratic practices in Japan since the Second World War, with special attention to the corrupt practices of various prime ministers and the resulting sense of political cynicism and powerlessness among the general public.
The reasons for this were, first, because Japan became an ageing society earlier
than China, and because its welfare systems and social services are more
advanced than other Asian countries. Second, I think that although the nations
Author: Yongmei Wu
The problems of an ageing population are particularly acute in Japan. These problems include people living longer, with many needing more care, and the problems of supporting them by a diminishing working population and a diminishing tax base. This book, based on extensive fieldwork in a Japanese institution for the elderly, explores the whole issue of ageing and responses to it in Japan, and compares the Japanese approach in these matters with Western approaches. It discusses how people in Japan have changed their perceptions towards family responsibility, the institutionalization of the elderly, and rights of welfare. It also discusses how institutions for the elderly are run in Japan and how their management differs from that in the West.
because the same verb form, desu, can be used for singular or plural objects.
Quite often the subject is dropped as it is in Spanish. In addition, there are no
equivalents of the English articles "a" and "the" in Japanese. Because of these ...
Author: Kazuo Nishiyama
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Despite Japan's Westernization, the country has remained "uniquely" Japanese. This text offers insight into Japan and its people to facilitate Western business dealings in the country. It ranges from interpersonal communication to decision-making styles, negotiating tactics and business contacts.
The political crisis in Burma stimulated the emergence of constituencies within
the Japanese political system who ... status quo: 'Because it is coming under
China's influence, Myanmar may have conflict with India, causing regional
Author: Donald M. Seekins
Publisher: NIAS Press
"Tracing Burma-Japan relations since 1940, this volume analyses the ambiguities of Japan's policy of 'quiet dialogue' in an international climate of economic competition and big power rivalry. The author provides not only an analysis of post-war Japanese diplomacy and aid programmes but also new material and insights on the ongoing story of Burma itself."--Jacket.
n the morning of September 2,1945, aboard the USS Missouri, Japan accepted
the terms of unconditional surrender that were laid down by the Potsdam
Declaration of July 26, 1945. This document insisted on terms that gave the
Author: Edward R. Beauchamp
First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
so that regardless of the movement of exchange rates, they will experience
difficulty penetrating the Japanese market. ... Japan ought to be a leader in the
liberal trade regime that has characterized the postwar era because it has
become a ...
Author: Edward J. Lincoln
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
Japan is the great economic success story of the postwar period, growing at unprecedented rates to become one of the world's most advanced industrial nations. But since the early 1970s, Asia's economic giant has had to contend with many of the problems encountered by Western economies--slower growth, increased unemployment, rapid changes in the financial and industrial sectors--problems that have permanently transformed its economy and pose crucial challenges for its leaders. In this book, Edward J. Lincoln discusses Japan's burst of growth and the complex interplay of demographic, cultural, economic, and political forces that shaped the subsequent emergence of large domestic imbalances. The motivation and impact of Tokyo's successive attempts to deal with slower growth receive special attention: ballooning government deficits that supported domestic growth in the late 1970s, a determined switch to austerity measures in the 1980s as a surging current-account surplus conveniently buoyed the economy, and as yet uncertain responses to the recent appreciation of the yen that has capped the external surpluses. Lincoln focuses on the changes experienced by Japan's financial institutions and their implications for international economic transactions. Slower growth and altered monetary flows have brought increasing domestic and international pressures for deregulating financial institutions, and the government has responded cautiously. The study analyzes the resulting tensions and crosscurrents within Japan and the strains that have developed in relations with the United States. It concludes with a lucid presentation of Japan's options for stimulating domestic demand through reducing private-sector savings, increasing investment, and raising government spending, as well as appropriate U.S. policies to promote these outcomes. Whatever policy decisions Japan makes in the next few years will be shaped by the economic forces and institutional framework Lincoln outlines.
The Russo - Japanese War was a landmark in Japanese political history not only
because it led to the formation of a new cabinet by the president of the main
political party – with the genro playing a passive role – but also because it ...
Author: Richard L. Sims
Publisher: C. HURST & CO. PUBLISHERS
Modern Japanese political history has been eventful, as Japan transformed from a decentralized feudal regime into a nation state which seemed to be following a Western pattern of modernisation until the 1930s. This volume explores the changes in the political process behind these developments.
Why Japanese Prosecutors? I spent much of the 1990s—including a thousand
days in Japan—studying Japanese criminal justice. I focused on prosecutors
because they make many of the most important decisions about who gets what in
Author: David T. Johnson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Criminal proceedings in which people can lose life, liberty, or reputation tell us a great deal about the character of any society. In Japan, it is prosecutors who wield the greatest control over these values and who therefore reveal most clearly the character of the Japanese way of justice. In this book, David T. Johnson portrays Japanese prosecutors at work; the social, political, and legal contexts that enable and constrain their actions; and the content of the justice thereby delivered. Johnson is the first researcher, Japanese or foreign, to gain access to the frontline prosecutors who charge cases and the backstage prosecutors who manage and direct them. He shows that prosecutors in Japan frequently harmonize to imperlatives of justice that Americans often regard as irreconcilable: the need to individualize cases alike. However, their capacity to correct offenders and to obtain contrite, complete confessions from criminal suspects. Johnson argues that this extreme reliance on confessions occasionally leads to extreme efforts to extract them. Indeed, much of the most disturbing prosecutor behavior springs directly or indirectly from the system's inordinate dependence on admissions of guilt. The major achievements of Japanese criminal justice are thus inextricably intertwined with its most notable defects, and efforts to fix the defects threaten to undermine the accomplishments. Clearly written and skillfully argued, this comparative analysis will be of interest to students of Japan, criminology, and law and society. It illuminates unexplored realms in Japan's criminal justice system while challenging readers to examine their assumptions about how crime should be prosecuted in their own systems of criminal justice.
This is not a comprehensive survey of books on modern Japanese history The
output of historical research has been remarkable for the last thirty years, partly
because Japan's economic growth made a great stir in academic circles as much
Author: Chushichi Tsuzuki
Publisher: Oxford University Press, UK
This new history of modern Japan covers its remarkable transformation from a small country on the fringe of international politics to the major world power it is today. Professor Tsuzuki traces Japan's pursuit of power, first by military and then by economic means, in a fascinating and original history of the fastest-growing economic power of the twentieth century. - ;This new history of modern Japan covers its remarkable transformation from a small country on the fringe of international politics to the major world power it is today. Professor Tsuzuki traces Japan's pursuit of power, first by military and then by economic means, from her attempts to replace China at the centre of the Confucian Middle Kingdom; through the Meiji nationalist response to the inroads of nineteenth century western imperialism; and on to the post-war USJapanese alliance powering the economic miracle of the last half of the twentieth century. He examines Japan's political, intellectual, and industrial development throughout the last two centuries, with special attention to the wars that were fought, and argues that the history of Japan's modernization was closely linked to the growth of Japan's own imperialism. Tsuzuki goes on to reveal how some of the factors which contributed to remaking Japan as an economic giant have also been responsible for her recent economic and political difficulties. -
The change of government of 1993 in Japan took place not because the main
opposition party overtook the ruling party. In fact, the JSP's parliamentary strength
in the Lower House was cut by half (from 137 to 77) in that general election.
Author: Koichi Nakano
Decentralization is a curious policy for a central government to pursue. If politics is essentially about the struggle for power, why would anyone want to give away the power that one struggled for and won? This book argues that it is precisely party competition in search of power that propels decentralization. Koichi Nakano develops his core argument through in-depth, qualitative research on the politics of reform in France and Japan. Introducing the concept of oppositional policy, he traces the process through which parties in opposition reinvent their ideologies and policy platforms in an attempt to present themselves as the voice of the governed, broaden popular support through the advocacy of enhanced democratic control of government, and proceed to implement some of these oppositional policies after capturing power. This book, thus, takes the role of political parties in the democratic process seriously - parties take up certain issues and espouse certain solutions actively as weapons in the power struggle both on the electoral front and in the policy process. Party competition is not merely a formal condition of democracy; it is also a mechanism with substantive policy impact on its evolution. Party Politics and Decentralization in Japan and France will be of interest to students of Japanese and French politics and comparative politics in general.