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Overviews the concept of environment in Japan as it has evolved historically, tracing its religious, philosophical, and socio- political influences. Early chapters examine Japan's environmental history and the environmental disposition of its human civilization. Later chapters look at the phenomena of nature and environment as modern social and political issues in Japan, and provide records of public attitudes toward nature and the environment. A final chapter speculates on how attitudes could coalesce into an environmental ethic. The author taught at Nagano University for five years. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773477681
  • Publisher: Mellen, Edwin Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Series: Japanese Studies
  • Pages: 376

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Shizen (Nature) and the Japanese
Ch. 1 Japan's Environment - Natural and Otherwise 9
The Japanese Biosphere
The Human Presence
Japan's Domestic Environmental Record
Ch. 2 A History of the Nature-Religion Relationship 45
The Roots of Duality
The Invasion of Philosophy and Science
Japanese Attachment
Dharma and Sentience
"Being Japanese is itself a kind of religion"
Ch. 3 Shizen and the Japanese Self 69
Culture and Self
Children's Stories and Non-duality
Shizen in the Arts
Science and the Westernized Self
Measuring Japan's "Love of Nature"
Pt. II Shizen in Modern Society
Ch. 4 NGOs and Grassroots Environmentalism in Japan 107
The Grassroots Phenomenon
Old vs. New Opposition
Contemporary CMs and NGOs
Ch. 5 Humanized Environments 145
Ethics and Intervention: What is Right?
Cultivated Nature: The Japanese Model
Romantic Nature: The Western Model
Living with Nature
Ch. 6 The Politics of Shizen 177
Japanese Political Culture
Policy: Past and Present
The Changing Face of Nature Conservation
Global Issues
Pt. III Answers
Ch. 7 Environmental Values: A Cross-cultural Survey 239
Ch. 8 Voices from the Trenches: Interviews with Five Specialists 263
Yoshida Masahito: Nature Conservation Society of Japanä
Ikkatai Seiji: Environment Agency
Saito Yuriko: Rhode Island School of Design
Yoneda Hajime: Asahi Glass Corporation
Sakurai Masaaki: Japan Environment Association
Ch. 9 Japanese Environmentalism: Problems and Possibilities 301
The Tragedy of Garden Japan
The Development Paradigm and Bogus Environmentalism
Japan's Green Revolution
Notes 335
Bibliography 349
Index 361
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