Japan in the 21st Century: Environment, Economy, and Society / Edition 1

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Overview

The ancient civilization of Japan, with its Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, is also closely associated with all that is new and modern. Looking outward, Japan sees what it has become since Hiroshima: the world's second-largest economy, a source of fury and wonder, a power without arms. Looking inward, Japan sees old ways shaken and new ones developing at a hectic pace. Japan in the Twenty-first Century offers compelling insights into the current realities of the country and investigates the crucial political, economic, demographic, and environmental challenges that face the nation. A combination of text, maps, and photographs provides an essential understanding of Japan's geography, cultural heritage, demography, economic and political development, and of many other important issues. Pradyumna P. Karan explores the obstacles and opportunities that will shape Japan and affect the world community in the coming years. He highlights strategies and policies that will facilitate economic and political change and stimulate the development of effective institutions for long-term, sustainable prosperity and economic vitality. Unique field reports drawn from direct observations of events and places in Japan illuminate Japanese traditions and sensibilities. The first full-length English-language textbook on Japan's geography, culture, politics, and economy to appear in nearly four decades, Japan in the Twenty-first Century will be a vital resource for researchers, academics, general readers, and students of Japan. Pradyumna P. Karan, professor of geography and Japan studies at the University of Kentucky, is the author or editor of numerous books on Asian geography and culture, including The Japanese City and Japan in the Bluegrass.

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"Named a 2005 Choice Outstanding Academic Title." —

"Named a 2005 Choice Outstanding Academic Titles." —

"Pradyumna P. Karan was presented with the Association of Japanese Geographers' Special Award." —

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813191188
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 2/18/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 0.85 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Japan at the crossroads : grappling with changes 1
2 Environmental challenges and constraints 9
3 The cultural heritage 50
4 Japanese landscapes 77
5 Regional reality 109
6 Demographic and social challenges 164
7 Rural landscape, settlements, and agriculture 204
8 Urban settlements 236
9 The political challenge 284
10 The economic challenge 312
11 Development and restructuring of industry 323
12 Postindustrial Japan 342
13 The challenge of environmental preservation 359
14 Facing the challenges 376
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