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3rd Edition

Japan in Transformation, 1945–2020

ISBN 9781138369610
Published November 11, 2021 by Routledge
252 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Japan in Transformation, 19452020 has been newly revised and updated to examine the 3.11 natural and nuclear disasters, Emperor Akihito’s abdication, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s legacies, the 2019 World Cup and the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to COVID-19.

Through a chronological approach, this volume traces the development of Japan’s history from the US Occupation in 1945 to the political consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. It evaluates the impact of the Lost Decade of the 1990s as well as key issues such as the demographic crisis, war memory, regional relations, security concerns, constitutional revision and political stagnation. In response to post-2010 developments such as Abenomics, the demise of the Democratic Party of Japan and immigration policy, chapters have been reassessed to account for changes in politics, the role of women, Japan’s relationships with Asia and how and why policies have fallen short of stated goals. Overall, the volume reveals how Japan transformed into one of the largest economic and technological powers of the modern world.

With a Chronology, Who’s who and Glossary, this edition is the ideal resource for all students interested in Japanese politics, economy and society since the end of World War II.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  Part I: The background  2. The US Occupation of Japan, 194552  Part II: 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. The lost decade(s)  10. Decade of adversity  Part III: Assessment  11. Retrospect and prospects  Part IV: Documents


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Jeff Kingston is Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan. He authored The Politics of Religion, Nationalism and Identity (2019) and Japan (2019), and edited Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan (2019) and Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan (2017). His current research focuses on transitional justice and the politics of memory.