Governing Japan: Divided Politics in a Resurgent Economy, 4th Edition
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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- Ideal for college courses on Japanese or comparative politics as well as for those interested in Japanese war memory, constitutional revision, and Japan’s relationship with the US, China, and North and South Korea
- Offers a chronological approach featuring important recent changes in the Japanese political system
- Investigates the divided aspects existing below the veneer of consensus in Japanese politics
- Explores conflicts between power-hungry political groups as well as fundamental differences regarding Japan’s constitution, the interpretation of Japanese actions in the Asia-Pacific War, and Japan’s place in today’s world
- Advocates a system that readily permits changes of party in power for the present system dominated by the Liberal Democratic Party
- Examines the extreme statements of high profile politicians to determine whether a "nationalist resurgence” in Japan is real or not
- Sheds light on the official incompetence and the spectacular rise of civil society following the Kobe earthquake
- Features numerous Japanese sources