Japanese Society since 1945


First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Volume II of a six-volume study of the history of contemporary Japan. Written by leading academicians, 20 essays cover topics including changes and continuities in Japan's culture, similarities and differences in Japanese and American life, the media and its role, the problem of the "graying" of Japanese society, the issue of long-term care and the very un-Japanese idea of nursing homes for the elderly, the relationship between marriage and names, mothers and children, the resolution of disputes, popular culture and sex roles, the transition from Hirohito's six decades of rule to that of a younger and more modern leader, and current social issues such as homelessness, child abuse, and juvenile crime. Lacks an index. Edited by Beauchamp, University of Hawaii. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Table of Contents

Volume Introduction
A Unique Nation? 1
The Invention and Reinvention of "Japanese Culture" 29
The Level of Living in Japan and the United States: A Long-Term International Comparison 51
Media: Directing the Deluge 76
Overcoming Fear of an Aged Population 100
Care for the Elderly: Who Will Bear the Burden? 106
By Any Other Name: Marriage and Names in Contemporary Japan 117
Images of Conflict Resolution and Social Control: American and Japanese Attitudes Toward the Adversary System 137
Monitoring Motherhood: Sociocultural and Historical Aspects of Maternal and Child Health in Japan 153
Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care in Japan 180
The Last Confucian Sandwich: Becoming Middle Aged 193
Sex and Sex Roles 207
Popular Culture in Modern Japan 237
Five Fatal Symptoms of the Japanese Disease 254
Japan's Mainstream Press: Freedom to Conform? 261
A New Generation of Homeless Hits Tokyo's Streets 273
Becoming Aware of Child Abuse 285
Juvenile Crime in the 1990s 294
The Sociology of Jishuku and Kicho: The Death of Showa Tenno as a Reflection of the Structure of Contemporary Japanese Society 305
Producing Mothers 321
Acknowledgments 343
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