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Japan's Quiet Transformation
Social Change and Civil Society in 21st Century Japan





ISBN 9780415274838
Published October 27, 2004 by Routledge
384 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

The 1990s have been termed as 'Japan's lost decade' to describe how the phenomenal growth in the Japanese economy ground to a halt and the country was crippled by enormous and ongoing political, economic and social problems. In responding to these unprecedented difficulties, wide-ranging reforms have been adopted including NPO, information disclosure and judicial reform legislation. Controversially, this book argues that such reforms are creating a more robust civil society and demonstrate that Japan is far more dynamic than is generally recognized.

Table of Contents

Part 1  1. The Lost Decade  2. Information Disclosure  3. Building Civil Society: NPOs and Judicial Reform  4. Rogues and Riches  5. Downsizing the Construction State  Part 2  6. Bad Blood  7. Dignity Denied  8. Mad Cows and Ocean Cockroaches  Part 3  9. Nationalism  10. Social Transformations: Gender, Family, Work and Demographic Trends

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Biography

Jeff Kingston is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at Temple University Japan, and has written over 200 book reviews for Japan Times.

Reviews

'Kingston has provided a well researched and also readable synthesis of developments in Japan since the collapse of the bubble economy in 1989....The fact that Kingston happens to be a rare example of an academician who can combine sound analysis with entertaining prose makes it possible to recommend this book to just about anyone interested in contemporary Japan.' - International Herald Tribune