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With a variety of contributors from throughout Japan, involved in a range of both established and emerging forms of civic engagement from NGOs, NPOs, to other less mainstream organizations, the Editors have compiled a comprehensive volume to give a thorough insiders' look at the state of civil society in Japan.

Established forms of civic engagement include labor unions, and resident and citizens' movements dating back centuries. In more recent years, Japan has seen a rise in third sector groups that parallels a rise worldwide, especially grassroots community organizations. From political engagement, to underground media, the authors of this volume closely examine Japan's development in civic engagement.

The lessons gleaned from the successes and shortcomings of civic engagement in Japan have strong applications internationally. The detailed and comprehensive coverage of this volume make it a useful resource for understanding not only Japanese social and political issues, but also the emergence of third sector organizations worldwide-—what works, what does not work as well, and what organizational structures are possible.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441915030
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 4/14/2010
  • Series: Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies Series
  • Edition description: 2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I Introductory Section

1 Introduction Henk Vinken Yuko Nishimura Bruce White 3

2 Civil Society in Japan: Democracy, Voluntary Action, and Philanthropy Makoto Imada 21

3 Social Frameworks for Civil Society in Japan: In Search for a Japanese Model Chimaki Kurokawa 41

Part II Established Forms of Engagement

4 The Rising Voice of Japan's Community Unions Charles Weathers 67

5 Collaborative Environmentalism in Japan Koichi Hasegawa 85

6 A New Epoch of Immigration for Japan: Directional Shift in Civic Organizational Support for Newcomer Settlement Tetsuo Mizukami 101

Part III Engagement Outside the Mainstream

7 Civic Engagement and Community Development Among Japan's Burakumin Yuko Nishimura 119

8 “I'm Deaf. This is Sign. Get Used to It.” Sign Language in Japan: The Vision and the Struggle John C. Maher 139

9 Media and Civic Engagement in Japan Gabriele Hadl 153

Part IV Emerging Forms of Engagement

10 The Soft Advocacy of Music Fandom: Japanese Youth and the Building of Civic Infrastructures of the Mind Bruce White 173

11 Re-imagining the Relationship Between Japan and Korea: Popular Culture and Civic Engagement Reiko Ogawa 189

12 Fun with Consumers: Enjoying Anticonsumerism in Japan Henk Vinken 203

Part V Concluding Section

13 Conclusions: From Politicization to Culturalization of Civic Engagement Henk Vinken Isabelle Diepstraten 227

14 Epilogue: Toward a New Legal Form for Civic Engagement Masayuki Deguchi 239

Index 247

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