Science, Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan

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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.
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"...the book clearly has value as an introductory work for those new to the extant literature on Japanese political economy, business, and related subject areas and, in addition, to specialists who want a handy reference work when dealing with S&T-related topics." Journal of Japanese Studies

"The book is completely accessible for readers who are not specialists on Japan but are interested in science, technology, and society generally.... the book succeeds as an introduction to the protagonists and their points of view in Japanese S&T." Isis

"The authors of this provocative and knowledgeable book have succeeded admirably in their aim of raising the level of analysis of Japanese science and technology." Technology and Culture

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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
Map of Japan and neighbouring countries
Introduction 1
Pt. I The Japanese Model of Research and Development
1 Basic versus Applied Research: The Role of Corporate Laboratories and Universities 11
2 Cooperation versus Competition: National Projects and Japan's Science Cities 35
Pt. II Science and Technology for Economic Growth
3 Quality versus Quantity: Quality Control and the Automobile Industry 53
4 Technology versus Commercial Feasibility: Nuclear Power and Electric Utilities 66
5 Consumerism and Development versus the Environment 82
Pt. III The International Dimension
6 Domestic Development versus Importation of Technology: The Aerospace Industry and the FS-X/F-2 Fighter Plane Controversy 107
7 Domestic Technology versus the Export of Technology 120
Pt. IV Science and Technology for the People?
8 Information Society versus Controlled Society 133
9 Science, Technology and Gender 145
10 National Interest versus Local Interests: Civil Aviation and the Construction of Narita Airport 159
11 The Patient versus the Doctor: Changes in Medical Care and Attitudes to the Body 174
Conclusions 189
Bibliography 194
Index 212
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