320 pages | 17 B/W Illus.
This new and fully updated second edition of Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan provides undergraduate and graduate students with an interdisciplinary textbook written by leading specialists on contemporary Japan. Students will gain the analytical insights and information necessary to assess the challenges that confront the Japanese people, policymakers and private and public-sector institutions in Japan today.
Featuring a comprehensive analysis of key debates and issues confronting Japan, issues covered include:
An essential reference work for students of contemporary Japan, it is also an invaluable source for a variety of courses, including comparative politics, anthropology, public policy and international relations.
Introduction, Jeff Kingston
PART I: Political environment
1. Japanese politics: mainstream or exotic?, Arthur Stockwin
2. The politics of trade policy, Aurelia George Mulgan
3. Limiting fundamental rights protection in Japan: the role of the Supreme Court, Lawrence Repeta
4. Civil society: past, present, and future, Akihiro Ogawa
5. Japan’s contemporary media, David McNeill
PART II: Nuclear and renewable Energy
6. Revisiting the limits of flexible and adaptive institutions: the Japanese government’s role in nuclear power plant siting over the postwar period, Daniel P. Aldrich
7. Who controls whom? Constraints, challenges and rival policy images in Japan’s postwar energy restructuring, Paul Scalise
8. Japan’s nuclear village: power and resilience, Jeff Kingston
9. Japan’s renewable energy prospects, Andrew DeWit
PART III: International dynamics
10. Bad war or good war? History and politics in post-war Japan, Sven Saaler
11. Japanese territorial disputes with Korea and China: small islets, enduring conflicts, Mark Selden
12. Great expectations: domestic politics and the Russo–Japanese Northern Territories dispute, Tina Burrett
13. Okinawa today: spotlight on Henoko, Alexis Dudden
PART IV: Social dilemmas
14. Demographic dilemmas, women and immigration, Jeff Kingston
15. Reproductive rights in Japan: where do women stand? Tin Tin Htun
16. Hiding in plain sight: minority issues in Japan, Kyle Cleveland
17. Mental health and therapy in Japan: conceptions, practices and challenges, Sachiko Horiguchi
18. Violence in schools: tensions between ‘the individual’ and ‘the group’ in the Japanese education system, Robert W. Aspinall
19. Hidden behind Tokyo: observations on the rest of Japan, John Mock
PART V: Reforming Japan?
20. Seeking to change Japanese society through legal reform, Matthew J. Wilson
21. Parochialism: Japan's failure to internationalize, Robert Dujarric and Ayumi Takenaka
22. What’s behind what ails Japan, David Leheny
23. Whither Abe's Japan, Jeff Kingston