Glossary of Abbreviations and Japanese Terms.
List of Names.
Map 1: East Asia.
Map 2: Japan.
Part I History.
1 Restoration and Reform in Meiji Japan.
2 Political History 1905-1945.
3 Post-war Recreation of the Japanese State - occupation and aftermath.
Part II Parties.
4 Conservatives and Their Allies.
5 Socialists and Their Allies.
6 Party Politics 1992-2000 - towards a new system.
Part III Structures.
7 Bureaucratic Structures and Their Reform.
9 Local Government.
Part IV Policies.
10 Foreign and Defence Policy.
11 Industrial Policy.
12 Social Welfare Policies.
13 Human Rights in Japan.
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"This book can serve as a guide for anyone interested in understanding Japan's political history, basic structure and policies" Asian Affairs
"Overall, Neary's book is a solid and accessible updating of politics in japan. It has assembled a great deal of useful detail and some particularly helpful tables and charts. Its attention to the historical background and four case studies of policy making are its strengths ... it can be recommended for introductory and undergraduated courses on Japanese politics" Australian Journal of Political Science
"A comprehensive guide to the state and politics in Japan at the beginning of the 21st century." International Review of Administrative Sciences
- An outstanding introductory textbook on Japanese politics by a leading scholar in the field
- Provides a comprehensive guide to politics in Japan at the start of the twenty-first century, during a period of substantial reform
- Examines the formation of the modern Japanese State, its key institutions at national and local levels and the role of non-state actors in specific policy areas
- Explores the process of policy development in five key areas – industrial policy, environment protection, human rights, welfare provision, foreign and defence policy
- Developed over twenty-years of teaching courses in Japanese politics and assumes no prior knowledge of this field