6th Edition

Introduction to Japanese Politics

ISBN 9781138244153
Published August 21, 2017 by Routledge
292 Pages

USD $48.95

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Book Description

Introduction to Japanese Politics, now in its fully updated sixth edition, is a comprehensive and current review of political and public policy developments in Japan. Since the previous edition, Japan’s economic policy has undergone significant change with a prolonged period of deflation having altered the dynamics of the Japanese economy. At the same time, the Abe administration has expanded Japan’s international security participation, previously limited by the constitution, while China’s activities in the South China Sea have impinged upon Japan’s territorial claims.

This classic introduction to the Japanese political system has been revised and fully updated in this sixth edition to take into account these widespread changes in the country's political life. Building on the structure and content of the previous edition, this new edition covers:

  • An overview of Japan's geographical setting and history

  • Japan’s political institutions, processes, and actors
  • Recent organizational, ideological, and policy changes in the LDP since its return to power
  • The country's distinctive social order and its educational, healthcare, and public safety systems
  • The increasingly contentious realm of foreign relations and security issues, including China's expanding role and the effect of North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons.

This broad-ranging textbook continues to be essential reading for students of Japanese politics, international politics and Japanese studies.

Table of Contents

PART I Modern Japan: Background


1. General History

2. The Occupation

PART II The Political Process

3. The Structure of Government

4. Political Parties I

5. Political Parties II

6. Political Corruption and Political Reform

7. Political Participation

PART III Society and Economy

8. The Social Order

9. The Economy

PART IV Public Services

10. Education and Health Care

11. Public Safety

PART V Japan and the World

12. Foreign Relations

13. Defense

PART VI Conclusions

14. Problems and Prospects

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Louis D. Hayes is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Montana.