Contemporary Japan: History, Politics, and Social Change since the 1980s / Edition 2

Contemporary Japan: History, Politics, and Social Change since the 1980s / Edition 2

by Jeff Kingston
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1118315073

ISBN-13: 9781118315071

Pub. Date: 08/21/2012

Publisher: Wiley

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

Overview

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118315071
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
08/21/2012
Series:
Blackwell History of the Contemporary World Series, #12
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
324
Sales rank:
858,945
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Map vii

Series Editor's Preface viii

Acknowledgments x

Part I Introduction 1

1 Transformations After World War II 3

2 The Lost Decade 23

Part II Risk and Consequences 39

3 Defusing the Demographic Time Bomb 41

4 Families at Risk 66

5 Jobs at Risk 84

Part III Politics and Consequences 101

6 Contemporary Politics 103

7 Security and the Peace Constitution 124

8 Environmental Issues 145

9 Immigration 166

10 War Memory and Responsibility 185

Part IV Institutions at Risk 207

11 The Imperial Family 209

12 Yakuza 227

Part V Postscript 253

13 Prospects 255

Glossary 261

Notes 269

Further Reading 283

Index 291

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