Series Editor’s Preface.
Part I Introduction.
1 Transformations After World War II.
2 The Lost Decade.
Part II Risk and Consequences.
3 Defusing the Demographic Time Bomb.
4 Families at Risk.
5 Jobs at Risk.
Part III Politics and Consequences.
6 Contemporary Politics.
7 Security and the Peace Constitution.
8 Environmental Issues.
10 War Memory and Responsibility.
Part IV Institutions at Risk.
11 The Imperial Family.
Part V Postscript.
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