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"In 1988, the Institute of Policy Studies published "Japan: its future and New Zealand" by Maarten Wevers. The book suggested that domestically, Japan would be much the same in the 1990s as it ws in 1988, but that externally it would come to assume greater leadership in international affairs. "Japan and New Zealand: adding value" examines both domestic and external changes that have occurred for Japan, and looks at the implications for New Zealand of Japan's huge economy and its expanding international role. In particular it looks at how New Zealand has managed its relationship with Japan since the earlier study, both the successes and failures. Japan has the highest growth rate, the lowest rate of inflation, the lowest level of unemployment, and the largest external surplus of any OECD country. It is imperative that New Zealand builds on its relationship with Japan, and expands its contacts with the Asia Pacific region." -- Back cover.
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.
This book deals with a topical issue relating to the use of script in Japan, one which has the potential to reshape future script policy through the mediation of both orthographic practices and social relations. It tells the story of the impact of one of the most significant technological breakthroughs in Japan in the latter part of this century: the invention and rapid adoption of word-processing technology capable of handling Japanese script in a society where the nature of that script had previously mandated handwriting as the norm. The ramifications of this technology in both the business and personal spheres have been wide-ranging, extending from changes to business practices, work profiles, orthography and social attitudes to writing through to Japan's ability to construct a substantial presence on the Internet in recent years.
The book is a precious reference book for development economics or the political economy of development in Asia or anywhere else. Unlike other books, first, it deals with all the East Asian countries, including Japan and other Asian countries. Second, it offers some empirical research findings based on surveys conducted by the author's group. Research on developing countries has been limited by individual scholars' observations, particularly about the value-related issues like politics or religions. Thirdly, the book digs into the nation-building problems which are often neglected by economists. It bridges the politics, sociology and economics in East Asian countries and is an important reference book for graduate students. Contents:Introduction: My Research on Asian DevelopmentThe Present and the Future of Japan and Asia:When Can Asia Play a Leading Role in the World?The Lessons of the Lost Two Decades of the Japanese EconomyA Postmortem Diagnosis of Asian Financial CrisisWho are Responsible for the World Financial Crisis in 2008?Policies for Aging Population with Declining Fertility RateThe Stages of Economic Development and Nation Building:Economic Development and Nation Building in StagesRegional Development PolicyDevelopment Policies in StagesDecentralization Policies in Asian DevelopmentEmpirical Survey Studies of Southeast Asia:The Choice of Appropriate Technologies I — The Influence of Socio-Economic Factors and Government PoliciesThe Choice of Appropriate Technologies II — Survey Findings in Indonesia, Thailand, and the PhilippinesThe Socio-Economic Behavior of Peasants in Central Java and Central ThailandJapanese-style Management in Asia — IntroductionJapanese-style Management in SingaporeJapanese-style Management in IndonesiaJapanese-style Management in China — A Summary ReportPolitical and Cultural Problems of Asian Nations:Nationalism and Asian Political LeadersIs the Clash of Civilizations or Nations? Readership: Undergraduates, graduates and researchers who are interested in development economics or political economy of development in Asia. Key Features:It is a comparative study of Japan and all other East Asian nationsIt is based on the author's own empirical survey findings in Southeast Asian countriesIt deals with the nation-building issues along with economic development and offers new viewpoints of the authorKeywords:Japanese;Asian Development
"A chillingly realistic work of science fiction." ― The New York Times. After dropping anchor for the night near a small island to the south of Japan, a crew of fishermen awaken to find that the island has vanished without a trace. An investigating scientist theorizes that the tiny island has succumbed to the same force that divided the Japanese archipelago from the mainland ― and that the disastrous shifting of a fault in the Japan Trench has placed the entire country in danger of being swallowed by the sea. Based on rigorous scientific speculation, Japan Sinks recounts a completely credible series of geological events. The story unfolds from multiple points of view, offering fascinating perspectives on the catastrophe's political, social, and psychological effects. Winner of the Mystery Writers of Japan Award and the Seiun Award, this prescient 1973 science-fiction novel foreshadowed the consequences of the 1995 Osaka-Kobe earthquake and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.
Political scandals, governmental instability and the poison-gas attack in central Tokyo show that Japan is passing through a serious social crisis. It affects virtually every social unit: family, school, company, political parties, religions and the nation. And it worries every segment of the population, young and old, men and women, management and labour, the elite and the plebe. Among other things, workers are growing dissatisfied with company life, families are undermined by discord and divorce, even the ruling Liberal Democratic Party collapsed (as did many of its opponents). The Japanese are ever harder to lead and the politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen who once led them are increasingly ineffective. Thus, while many reforms are mooted, and some are initiated, very few are actually implemented. Under these conditions, the many negative trends cannot be halted - let alone reversed - and the crisis should worsen.
Nonviolent state behavior in Japan, this book argues, results from the distinctive breadth with which the Japanese define security policy, making it inseparable from the quest for social stability through economic growth. While much of the literature on contemporary Japan has resisted emphasis on cultural uniqueness, Peter J. Katzenstein seeks to explain particular aspects of Japan's security policy in terms of legal and social norms that are collective, institutionalized, and sometimes the source of intense political conflict and change. Culture, thus specified, is amenable to empirical analysis, suggesting comparisons across policy domains and with other countries. Katzenstein focuses on the traditional core agencies of law enforcement and national defense. The police and the military in postwar Japan are, he finds, reluctant to deploy physical violence to enforce state security. Police agents rarely use repression against domestic opponents of the state, and the Japanese public continues to support, by large majorities, constitutional limits on overseas deployment of the military. Katzenstein traces the relationship between the United States and Japan since 1945 and then compares Japan with postwar Germany. He concludes by suggesting that while we may think of Japan's security policy as highly unusual, it is the definition of security used in the United States that is, in international terms, exceptional.