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1st Edition

Japan in the Age of Globalization

ISBN 9780415665841
Published September 20, 2011 by Routledge
232 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The multiple and diverse forces of globalization have, indeed, affected Japan significantly over the past decades. But so, it must be said, has Japan influenced a variety of critical global developments - globalization is not a one-way street, particularly for a nation as economically influential and technologically advanced as Japan. The chapters in this collection examine the impact of globalization on Japan and the impact of Japan on the forces of globalization from the various disciplinary perspectives of business, the economy, politics, technology, culture and society. They also explain the manner in which the nation has responded to the economic and cultural liberalization that has been such a profound force for change around the globe. This comprehensive collected works brings the latest research to bear on this important subject and provides evidence of the long history of global influences on Japan – and Japanese impacts on the rest of the world.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of globalization, Japanese Studies, and Asian Studies.


Table of Contents

Introduction, Carin Holroyd and Ken Coates   Part I The History of Globalization in Japan   1 Pioneers of Globalization: Tokugawa’s Cross-Cultural  Communications, Jay Goulding   2 Mind the Gap: Japanese Corporate Web Sites and the Missing War Years, Jeff Alexander   3 'Kids These Days…':  Globalization and the Shifting Discourse of Childhood in Japan, Dawn Grimes-McClellan   Part II Globalization and the Japanese Economy and Business Environment   4 Restructuring and Returns in Japan 2000-2001, Dick Beason, Ken Gordon, Vikas Mehrotra and Akiko Watanabe   5 An Overview of Corporate Governance Reform in Post-Bubble Japan: Institutional Change and Selective Adaptation, Masao Nakamura   6 Competing in the New Global Economy: Exploring the Roots of Japanese Scientific and Technological Innovation, Ken Coates and Carin Holroyd   Part III Cool Japan and the Global Age   7 Soft Power and the Globalization of Japanese Popular Culture, William Tsutsui   8 Wakon-Yosai and Globalization, Norio Ota   9 Caught in a ‘Restless Dream:’ Contemporary Japanese Women Writers and the Era of Globalization, Janice Brown   Part IV Globalization and Japan’s Place in the World   10 Japan and the Cold War Frontiers in East Asia in the Era of Globalization, Kimie Hara   11 National Mobilization and Global Engagement: Understanding Japan’s Response to Global Climate Change Initiatives, Carin Holroyd   12 Conclusion:  Japan and 21st Century Globalization, Carin Holroyd and Ken Coates


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Carin Holroyd is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, Canada. Ken Coates is Professor of History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the university of Waterloo, Canada.