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In a new edition of his introductory survey of contemporary Japan, Roger Buckley traces the nation's history from its surrender in August 1945 to the present day. The revised edition, which has been rewritten to take account of Japan's changing fortunes in the 1990s, describes the recent setbacks in its economic and financial sectors and examines the major shifts in the political sphere. Despite the current challenges to Japan's prosperity, this is a remarkable story of post-war resurgence, material progress and ...
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Cambridge 1985 Paperback Good with no dust jacket 13 x 22 cm.; pg. xi, 139; Preface, map, introduction, appendix, bibliography, index. "JAPAN TODAY is an introductory survey of ... contemporary Japan. It examines the development of Japan's postwar political system (up to the December 1983 general election) and its immense economic advances against a backcloth of social and cultural stability. The gradual changes in Japan'sexternal relations are also discussed, as Japan's increasing industrial power has forced the nation to re-assess its earlier diffident approaches to foreign and defence policies. In addition to presenting political, economic and social analyses of present-day Japan, Professor Buckley offers an estimation of the future course of a nation attracting immense overseas interest for its ability to sustain substantial growth rates, high educational standards and social cohesion."; 0521260892. Read more Show Less

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Overview

In a new edition of his introductory survey of contemporary Japan, Roger Buckley traces the nation's history from its surrender in August 1945 to the present day. The revised edition, which has been rewritten to take account of Japan's changing fortunes in the 1990s, describes the recent setbacks in its economic and financial sectors and examines the major shifts in the political sphere. Despite the current challenges to Japan's prosperity, this is a remarkable story of post-war resurgence, material progress and social stability.
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'Japan Today is one of the best books of its kind, offering a jargon-free look at what makes Japan tick. Books like this do a great deal to dispel misunderstandings about Japan.' The Japan Times

'So far there has been no reliable introduction to contemporary Japan that one could unhestitatingly recommend and confidently expect students to read. This book fills that gap.' Political Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521260893
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1985
  • Pages: 160

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the third edition
Abbreviations
Note on Japanese names
Map
Introduction 1
1 Reconstruction: the occupation era 6
2 Conservatism: political continuity and challenges 27
3 Economism: growth and maturity 61
4 Minimalism: hesitancy abroad 93
5 Stability: social cooperation and change 134
6 Malaise: contemporary Japan 174
7 Prospects: future challenges 192
App. 1 Prime Ministers of Japan, 1945-98 201
App. 2 Chronology of post-war Japanese history 202
App. 3 Security treaty between the United States and Japan, 8 September 1951 206
App. 4 Treaty of mutual cooperation and security between the United States and Japan, signed at Washington, DC, 19 January 1960 208
App. 5 Japan and its neighbours: military strength 212
App. 6 Japan's economic and financial changes since 1988 213
App. 7 Japan and international comparisons 214
App. 8 Japanese school system 216
App. 9 Changes in the proportion of the Japanese elderly by age group, 1930-2025 217
App. 10 Japanese party system, 1946-96 218
Bibliography 219
Index 223
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