Science, Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan

Science, Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan

by Morris Low, Shigeru Nakayama, Hitoshi Yoshioka
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521652820

ISBN-13: 9780521652827

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book explores the dynamic relationship between science, technology and Japanese society, examining how it has contributed to economic growth and national well-being. It presents a synthesis of recent debates by juxtaposing competing views about the role and direction of science, technology and medical care in Japan. This is an ideal introductory text for…  See more details below

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This book explores the dynamic relationship between science, technology and Japanese society, examining how it has contributed to economic growth and national well-being. It presents a synthesis of recent debates by juxtaposing competing views about the role and direction of science, technology and medical care in Japan. This is an ideal introductory text for students in the sociology of science and technology, the history and philosophy of science, and Japanese studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521652827
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
Contemporary Japanese Society Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
List of Figures and Tables
Acknowledgements
Map of Japan and neighbouring countries
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Japanese Model of Research and Development
1Basic versus Applied Research: The Role of Corporate Laboratories and Universities11
2Cooperation versus Competition: National Projects and Japan's Science Cities35
Pt. IIScience and Technology for Economic Growth
3Quality versus Quantity: Quality Control and the Automobile Industry53
4Technology versus Commercial Feasibility: Nuclear Power and Electric Utilities66
5Consumerism and Development versus the Environment82
Pt. IIIThe International Dimension
6Domestic Development versus Importation of Technology: The Aerospace Industry and the FS-X/F-2 Fighter Plane Controversy107
7Domestic Technology versus the Export of Technology120
Pt. IVScience and Technology for the People?
8Information Society versus Controlled Society133
9Science, Technology and Gender145
10National Interest versus Local Interests: Civil Aviation and the Construction of Narita Airport159
11The Patient versus the Doctor: Changes in Medical Care and Attitudes to the Body174
Conclusions189
Bibliography194
Index212

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