This book takes a clear look at the course of the economic and political developments in Japan since the Second World War and in particular trends in government and politics since the peace treaty of 1952. It examines the disagreements within the country over re-armament and security; over neutralism versus commitment in the Cold War; over conflicting loyalties to an Asian or a European way of life; and over meeting the rising economic and social expectations of the new middle class.
Background 1. 1. The Japanese Redisover Their Past 2. Background 2. Japan in the Twentieth Century 3. The Land, People, Economy and Society 4. The Political Public 5. The New Japanese Executive 6. The National Diet 7. Public Administration and the Public Service 8. Law and Order 9. The State, the Political Economy and the General Welfare 10. Local Government in Japan 11. The Foreign Relations of Japan 12. The Japanese Political System: An Overview. Selected Bibliography. Index.