The Political Economy of Japanese Society: Volume 2: Internationalization and Domestic Issues

Hardcover | March 1, 1998

EditorJunji Banno

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Until recently, many Japanese believed that they lived in the richest country in the world, and in the early 1990s, they welcomed the end of one-party dominance. However, by the middle of the 1990s, many Japanese are no longer confident in their economy, nor optimistic in their politics.This authoritative study analyses various aspects of Japanese society and economy in order to provide a balanced view between the optimism of the 1980s and the pessimism characteristic of more recent years. The Political Economy of Japanese Society is a revision and translation of a multidisciplinary research project carried out by the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo. Beginning with the late nineteenth century, it examines the historical developments of Japan's contemporarypolitical economy, paying particular attention to the changes that have occurred 'from below'. Social actors who have often been given peripheral treatment, such as opposition parties, the aged, female workers and foreign workers, are brought to the forefront of the analysis, alongside thoseconsidered more mainstream, such as the governing party, large corporations and labour unions. The Japanese political economy of the 1980s and 90s has had a strong impact on the global economy, and this book also analyses selective influences on the outside world, in particular on other Asian nations and the USA. Volume 1 analyses the structures of the Japanese political economy whichencouraged continuous economic growth in the period from 1955 to 1990, focusing on such phenomena as Japanese political management, the Japanese employment system, and one-party dominance in politics. Volume 2 examines some of the problems inherited from this period of dramatic economicgrowth.

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Until recently, many Japanese believed that they lived in the richest country in the world, and in the early 1990s, they welcomed the end of one-party dominance. However, by the middle of the 1990s, many Japanese are no longer confident in their economy, nor optimistic in their politics.This authoritative study analyses various aspect...

Junji Banno is a Professor, Institute of Social Science at University of Tokyo.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:382 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.02 inPublished:March 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198280343

ISBN - 13:9780198280347

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Volume 2: Internationalization and Domestic IssuesPart 1: Internationalization1. Kawai Masahiro: Japan as Creditor Nation: What is happening to is Net External Assets2. Koike Kazuo: The Internationalization of the Japanese Firm: Japanese Working Practices and Indigenous Asian Workplaces3. Hirowatari Seigo: Foreign Workers and Immigration Policy4. Wada Haruki: Economic Co-operation in Place of Historical Remorse: Japanese Post-War Settlements with China, Russia, and Korea in the Context of the Cold War. Normalizing Relations with the Soviet Union, China, and South KoreaPart 2: Domestic Issues5. Osawa Mari: The Feminization of the Labour Market6. Harada Sumitaka: The Aging Society, the Family, and Social Policy7. Inamoto Yonosuke: The Problem of Land Use and Land PricesPart 3: Facing the Post-Cold War/Post-Bubble World8. Nitta Michio: Employment Relations after the collapse of the Bubble Economy9. Hiwatari Nobuhiro: The Argument: Explaining the End of the Postwar Party System

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`The individual authors have exceptionally strong credentials; the scholarship and the translations are excellent.'T.J. Pempel, Social Science Japan Journal Vol.3 No.1