Contemporary Japan: History, Politics, and Social Change since the 1980s (Blackwell History of the Contemporary World) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/8/23
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Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change since the 1980s presents a comprehensive examination of the causes of the Japanese economic bubble in the late 1980s and the socio-political consequences of the recent financial collapse.
- Represents the only book to examine in depth the turmoil of Japan since Emperor Hirohito died in 1989, the Cold War ended, and the economy collapsed
- Provides an assessment of Japan's dramatic political revolution of 2009
- Analyzes how risk has increased in Japan, undermining the sense of security and causing greater disparities in society
- Assesses Japan's record on the environment, the consequences of neo-liberal reforms, immigration policies, the aging society, the US alliance, the Imperial family, and the 'yakuza' criminal gangs
- Selected as a 2011 Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE
Selected as CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 - 3.01.12
"Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." (Choice, 1 February 2011)
"In a highly dispassionate and balanced analysis of contemporary Japan, Kingston has brought out both the negative and positive sides of the nation, its economy, its society and governance. There are issues that Japan needs to squarely address. And this book points the way to it. An excellent source book on today's Japan." (Organiser, 20 March 2011)
"Kingston's discussion of the changes Japan faces in the 21st century is among the most comprehensive and accessible treatments of Japan's recent history available." (CHOICE, February 2011)
"As the most current and definitive topic analysis available, this accessible and engaging study is highly recommended for both political science and Asia-focused collections". (Library Journal, 15 December 2010)
"Okinawan music rhapsodized, bloody battles retold, thrilling tales unleashed and Japan's gloom exposed - our favorite books of 2010". (The Japan Times, 29 December 2010)
"One of the foremost foreign writers on modern Japan, Kingston provides another wide-ranging analysis of interest to all of those with a stake in the nation's future." (The Japan Times, September 2010)商品の説明をすべて表示する
Also, this book is easy to read, informational, and it really touches home with the ideas that are really important. It does address a little further in the past from time to time, but it keeps to the topic of "contemporary" very, very well.
Great book, learned a lot, and was able to enjoy it, as well.
Definitely a reccomendation.
The previous reviewer who spouts on and on with phrases like "liberal-fascist dogma" clearly has an ideological axe to grind and some strong nationalist tendencies. If you're interested in Japan and seeking to gain knowledge of modern Japanese society in a timely and understandable medium, there are few books that come close to being this good. I've been a journalist in Japan for over 16 years and I highly recommend this work. I have met the author and was impressed by his deep knowledge of this country.
Anyone can write an academic treatise that is inaccessible and packed with foot-notes that only other academics would find valuable. Mr. Kingston has written a book that both scholars and students of Japan or simply those interested in political science or sociology will find useful and elucidating.
If you can read Japanese, there are two books that I would highly recommend you read as well. One of them beautifully explains the collapse of the Japanese work force [...] and the other the problems within Japan's government structure. [..]
This was required reading in my University of Washington Modern Japan class
The book focuses on politics in Japan since the end of WW2. But the heavy focus is on the 80's to the present, basically the bursting of the Japanese economic bubble, the lost decade, then the recent decade. The book focuses heavily on political parties, mainly the LDP. There are other social topics covered, but mainly in the realm of political effects. Topics include the increasing average age of the population, immigration, unemployment, and Japanese perception of politics.
The author is very knowledgeable about the topic and presents the information well. The only reason I gave it four instead of fives stars is that I feel it has a place in a classroom environment, but makes for a tedious read for anyone not using the book for University coursework. The book is a recent publication, so the information is well up to date and covers through to 2010/2011.
I do highly recommend the following as a broad overview of Japanese culture, politics and history: A Short History of Japan: From Samurai to Sony (A Short History of Asia series)