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1st Edition

Civil Society and the Internet in Japan

ISBN 9780415666404
Published March 15, 2011 by Routledge
208 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Using case studies, interviews, and empirical sources, this book analyzes the strategies and impact of Internet use by civil society actors and asks how useful it is for their work – does the availability of Internet tools change the way citizens’ groups work, does it influence their effectiveness, and does it do so differently in Japan from other countries?

Four fascinating studies take a closer look at the role of the Internet during the history textbook controversy; strategies of small citizen's groups; comparisons between internet use in Japan, Korea and Germany; and how the internet is used as a platform to discuss the dispatch of Japanese troops in Iraq.

Isa Ducke has produced an original work that will be of interest to students and scholars of Japanese politics, media and information technology and civil society.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  2. Internet and New Technologies in Japan  3. Civil Society in Japan  4. Use of the Internet by Political Actors in the Japanese-Korean Textbook Controversy  5. Web Site Strategies of Small Citizens’ Groups. A Quantitative Web Site Analysis  6. How Umbrella Organizations in Japan, Korea, and Germany Use New Technologies. A Comparative Approach  7. The Internet as a Platform for Political Participation and Mobilization in the Debate about the Dispatch of Troops to Iraq

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Isa Ducke is a Research Fellow at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, Japan.


'In this book,  Duckle tackles the difficult and important question of how Internet usage by civil society groups is affecting democracy in Japan. The author investigates how citizen organizations are using the Internet to affect political outcomes through two issue area case studies: the 2001 history textbook controversy and the 2003 Iraq War debate. Ducke also conducts a comparative study of nonprofit umbrella organizations in Japan, Korea and Germany.' - Mary Alice Haddad, Pacific Affairs, Vol. 80, No. 3, Fall 2007