Contemporary Japan: History, Politics, and Social Change since the 1980s, Second Edition
August 2012, ©2012, Wiley-Blackwell
- Fully updated to include a detailed assessment of the aftermath of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami
- Shows how the nuclear crisis at Fukushima was an accident waiting to happen
- Includes detailed discussion of Japan's energy policy, now in flux after the mishandling of the Fukushima crisis
- Analyzes Japan's 'Lost Decades', why jobs and families are less stable, environmental policies, immigration, the aging society, the US alliance, the imperial family, and the 'yakuza' criminal gangs
- Authoritative coverage of Japanese history over the last two decades, one of the country's most tumultuous periods
Series Editor’s Preface viii
Part I Introduction 1
1 Transformations After World War II 3
2 The Lost Decade 23
Part II Risk and Consequences 39
3 Defusing the Demographic Time Bomb 41
4 Families at Risk 60
5 Jobs at Risk 77
Part III Politics and Consequences 93
6 Contemporary Politics 95
7 Security and the Peace Constitution 115
8 Immigration 136
9 War Memory and Responsibility 154
Part IV Environment and Disaster 175
10 Environmental Issues 177
11 3/11: Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis 198
Part V Institutions at Risk 221
12 The Imperial Family 223
13 Yakuza 241
Part VI Postscript 261
14 Prospects 263
Further Reading 293
Jeff Kingston is Professor of History and Director of Asian Studies at the Japan Campus of Temple University. He has written widely on modern Japanese history and Japan’s relations with Asia, including the books Japan in Transformation 1952–2000 (2001) and Japan’s Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil Society in the 21st Century (2004). He has also edited Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan (2012). With academic interests that include a broader regional purview, he contributes to a variety of major publications and is regularly interviewed by global media outlets.
"One of the foremost foreign writers on modern Japan, Kingston provides another wide-ranging analysis of interest to all of those with a stake in the nation's future." The Japan Times
"Kingston's discussion of the changes Japan faces in the 21st century is among the most comprehensive and accessible treatments of Japan's recent history available." Choice
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