Highlights the shift in language planning and language change in Japan at the end of the 20th century against a background of significant socio-cultural, political, and economic change and places them in a comparative context. Issues investigated include the concept of disorder in language; changes in official language; changing attitudes to regional dialects; and the impact of globalisation and technological advances.
'This book is a valuable contribution to the literature on language planning and on Japan, and I can wholeheartedly resommend it.' - Journal of European Area Studies
'The account is informative, detailed and balanced.' - School of Oriental & African Studies