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Japan's Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil Society in the 21st Century

Japan's Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil Society in the 21st Century

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In the 1990s the phenomenal growth of the Japanese economy ground to a shuddering halt and the country was subsequently crippled by enormous and ongoing political, economic and social problems. This accessible and engaging textbook for all students of Japanese studies is beautifully illustrated with striking images of turmoil and change in contemporary Japan. Kingston examines the transformation of Japan, evaluating the social, economic and political challenges it has faced, as well as prospects for the future addressing what is often missed by media's relentless pessimistic coverage. Controversially, it argues that the Japan that emerges from these manifold problems may, in fact, be stronger than before.

Areas covered include:

* The power of bureaucracy
* Information disclosure
* Judicial Reform
* Infrastructure
* Health, BSE and the struggle for human rights
* Nationalism and 'Japaneseness'
* Social transformation: family, gender, ageing, and work