Provides an overview of Japan at the end of a century in which it has undergone huge changes. Nineteen chapters present a range of complex problems and data largely restricted to events and circumstances over the past 50 years or so, and on into the early years of the coming century. Topics include history and context, political economy, society and culture, and international relations. Appendices contain a chronology, glossary, personalities, political and economic institutions, and a bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.