Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | May 15, 2009

byChristopher Goto-jones

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Japan is arguably today's most successful industrial economy, combining almost unprecedented affluence with social stability and apparent harmony. Japanese goods and cultural products are consumed all over the world, ranging from animated movies and computer games all the way through to cars,semiconductors, and management techniques. In many ways, Japan is an icon of the modern world, and yet it remains something of an enigma to many, who see it as a confusing montage of the alien and the familiar, the ancient and modern. The aim of this Very Short Introduction is to explode the mythsand explore the reality of modern Japan - by taking a concise look at its history, economy, politics, and culture.

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Japan is arguably today's most successful industrial economy, combining almost unprecedented affluence with social stability and apparent harmony. Japanese goods and cultural products are consumed all over the world, ranging from animated movies and computer games all the way through to cars,semiconductors, and management techniques. ...

Christopher Goto-Jones is Professor of Modern Japan Studies at the University of Leiden.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.02 inPublished:May 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199235694

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Introduction: What is Modern Japan?1. Japan's Encounter with the Modern World2. Overcoming Modernity in Imperial Japan3. Overcome by the Modern: the US Occupation4. Japan's Miraculous Modern Economy5. Towards a Post-Modern Society6. Normalcy and Japan's Place in the Modern WorldFurther reading