Essential reading for students of Japanese society, An Introduction to Japanese Society now enters its third edition. Here, internationally renowned scholar, Yoshio Sugimoto, writes a sophisticated, yet highly readable and lucid text, using both English and Japanese sources to update and expand upon his original narrative. The book challenges the traditional notion that Japan comprises a uniform culture, and draws attention to its subcultural diversity and class competition. Covering all aspects of Japanese society, it includes chapters on class, geographical and generational variation, work, education, gender, minorities, popular culture and the establishment. This new edition features sections on: Japan's cultural capitalism; the decline of the conventional Japanese management model; the rise of the 'socially divided society' thesis; changes of government; the spread of manga, animation and Japan's popular culture overseas; and the expansion of civil society in Japan.
1. The Japan phenomenon and the social sciences; 2. Class and stratification: an overview; 3. Geographical and generational variations; 4. Varieties in work and labor; 5. Diversity and unity in education; 6. Gender stratification and the family system; 7. Minority groups: ethnicity and discrimination; 8. Collusion and competition in the establishment; 9. Popular culture and everyday life; 10. Friendly authoritarianism.