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Contemporary Japan : history, politics, and social change since the 1980s / Jeff Kingston.

By: Kingston, Jeff, 1957-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: History of the contemporary world: Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Wiley-Blackwell, 2011Distributor: Malden, MA Description: ix, 313 pages : map ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781405191944 (hardcover : alk. paper); 1405191945 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9781405191937 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1405191937 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Japan -- History -- Heisei period, 1989- | Japan -- Social conditions -- 1989- | Japan -- Economic conditions -- 1989-DDC classification: 952.04
Contents:
Part I: Introduction. Transformations after World War II ; The lost decade -- Part II: Risk and consequences. Defusing the demographic time bomb ; Families at risk ; Jobs at risk -- Part III: Politics and consequences. Contemporary politics ; Security and the peace constitution ; Environmental issues ; Immigration ; War memory and responsibility -- Part IV: Institutions at risk. The imperial family ; Yakuza -- Part V. Postscript. Prospects -- Glossary.
Summary: 'Contemporary Japan' presents a comprehensive examination of the causes of the Japanese economic bubble in the late 1980s and the socio-political consequences of the recent financial collapse.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part I: Introduction. Transformations after World War II ; The lost decade -- Part II: Risk and consequences. Defusing the demographic time bomb ; Families at risk ; Jobs at risk -- Part III: Politics and consequences. Contemporary politics ; Security and the peace constitution ; Environmental issues ; Immigration ; War memory and responsibility -- Part IV: Institutions at risk. The imperial family ; Yakuza -- Part V. Postscript. Prospects -- Glossary.

'Contemporary Japan' presents a comprehensive examination of the causes of the Japanese economic bubble in the late 1980s and the socio-political consequences of the recent financial collapse.

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Library Journal Review

Building on his previous examinations, Kingston (Japan's Quiet Transformation; Japan in Transformation) divides this incisive contemporary portrait into five essay-style chapters, emphasizing the menace rampant in Japanese culture through inspection of the sharp rise in familial abuse cases, the imminent demise of stabilizing traditions, and the increase in gang activity. Also included is an essential consideration of the factors contributing to the underreported but decisive 2009 political ascension of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). As the most current and definitive topic analysis available, this accessible and engaging study is highly recommended for both political science and Asia-focused collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

In 2010, popular discussions about US economic difficulties often invoked Japan's "lost decade" as a cautionary tale about the threat and danger of long-term decline. This new book discusses the two-decade-long period from the bursting of Japan's economic bubble in 1989. It is a stark, well-told story about demographic crisis, systemic threats to the country's social institutions, and the political inability to address the problems. Kingston (Temple Univ., Japan) reports authoritatively on challenges to the "peace constitution," conflicts about immigration, and the ways that even organized crime has been forced to adapt to meet the challenges of the new era. Despite the difficulties, the author argues that these challenges are part of a process of reinvention that holds out hope for the future. He might be overly sanguine about the ability of the recently empowered Democratic Party of Japan to steer the society on a new, more prosperous course. Whether or not one accepts this prognosis, Kingston's discussion of the changes Japan faces in the 21st century is among the most comprehensive and accessible treatments of Japan's recent history available. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. W. D. Kinzley University of South Carolina

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Jeff Kingston is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at the Japan Campus of Temple University. He has written widely on modern Japanese history and Japan's relations with Asia, including the books Japan in Transformation 1952-2000 (2004) and Japan's Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil Society in the 21st century (2005).

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