Since 1945, Japan has successfully reinvented itself, rising from the ashes of defeat to become a peaceful and prosperous nation. It is seen as an inspiration for other developing nations and contributes significantly to global development. As the third largest economy in the world, with a reputation for technological innovation and cultural creativity, Japan is a country shaping the world we live in.
In this new edition of Japan in Transformation, Jeffrey Kingston explores the character of the nation as it has evolved since the end of the Second World War. The book:
- examines the US Occupation and explains the causes of the economic miracle and its demise
- evaluates the effect of the Lost Decade of the 1990s and the unravelling of the Japan, Inc system that prevailed in the twentieth century
- analyses such central and topical issues as the demographic crisis, regional relations, security concerns, political change and the role of women
Expanded and thoroughly revised to cover the period of 1945 to 2010, this second edition of Japan in Transformation provides a succinct and comprehensive study of the recent history of one of the most dynamic nations in the modern world.
PART ONE BACKGROUND. 1 INTRODUCTION. 2 THE US OCCUPATION OF JAPAN, 1945-52. PART TWO ANALYSIS. 3 POSTWAR POLITICS. 4 THE ECONOMIC MIRACLE. 5 JAPAN AND ASIA: PAST AND PRESENT. 6 JAPANESE SECURITY. 7 WOMEN IN JAPAN. 8 DEMOGRAPHIC TIME BOMB. 9 REQUIEM FOR JAPAN, INC. PART THREE ASSESSMENT. 11 IN RETROSPECT. PART FOUR DOCUMENTS.
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