Dogs and Demons: Tales From the Dark Side of Japan / Edition 1

Dogs and Demons: Tales From the Dark Side of Japan / Edition 1

by Alex Kerr
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809039435

ISBN-13: 9780809039432

Pub. Date: 02/28/2002

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A surprising assessment of the failures and successes of modern Japan.

In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the many facets of Japan's recent, and chronic, crises -- from the failure of its banks and pension funds to the decline of its once magnificent modern cinema. He is the first to give a full report on the nation's endangered environment --

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A surprising assessment of the failures and successes of modern Japan.

In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the many facets of Japan's recent, and chronic, crises -- from the failure of its banks and pension funds to the decline of its once magnificent modern cinema. He is the first to give a full report on the nation's endangered environment -- its seashores lined with concrete, its roads leading to nowhere in the mountains -- as well as its "monument frenzy," the destruction of old cities such as Kyoto and construction of drab new ones, and the attendant collapse of its tourist industry. Kerr writes with humor and passion, for "passion," he says, "is part of the story. Millions of Japanese feel as heartbroken at what is going on as I do. My Japanese friends tell me, 'Please write this -- for us.'"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809039432
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
951,401
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.24(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Author's Note

Prologue
The Land: The Construction State
Environment: Cedar Plantations and Orange Ooze
The Bubble: Looking Back
Information: A Different View of Reality
Bureaucracy: Power and Privilege
Monuments: Airports for Radishes
Old Cities: Kyoto and Tourism
New Cities: Electric Wires and Roof Boxes
Demons: The Philosophy of Monuments
Manga and Massive: The Business of Monuments
National Wealth: Debt, Public and Private
Education: Following the Rules
After School: Flowers and Cinema
Internationalization: Refugees and Expats
To Change or Not to Change: Boiled Frog
Conclusion

Notes
Index

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