196 pages | 30 B/W Illus.
Japan: The Basics, is an engaging introduction to the culture, society and the global positioning of Japan. Taking a fresh look at stereotypes associated with Japan, it provides a well-rounded introduction to a constantly evolving country. It addresses such questions as:
• How do we go about studying Japan?
• What are the connections between popular culture and wider Japanese society?
• How are core values about identity formed and what are their implications?
• How does Japan react to natural and manmade disasters?
• How does nature influence Japanese attitudes to the environment?
With exercises and discussion points throughout and suggestions for further reading, Japan: The Basics is an ideal starting point for all those studying Japan in its global, cultural context.
List of Figures and Tables Notes on Style Acknowledgements Map of Japan 1. Introduction – Studying Japan 2. Demographic Challenges 3. Japan on the Move 4. Natural Japan 5. Core Values 6. Pure Japanese 7. One For All, All For One 8. (Re)Building Japan 9. Conclusions Bibliography Index
The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.
Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.
Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.