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The Quest for Japan's New Constitution: An Analysis of Visions and Constitutional Reform Proposals 1980-2009

The Quest for Japan's New Constitution: An Analysis of Visions and Constitutional Reform Proposals 1980-2009

1st Edition

Christian G. Winkler
September 23, 2013

This book examines the many attempts over the last three decades to revise Japan’s constitution. As the book shows, these attempts at revision have been relatively conservative, aiming to embed in the constitution visions of a different future for Japan. Specific reforms advocated include: enabling...

Japan-Bashing: Anti-Japanism since the 1980s

Japan-Bashing: Anti-Japanism since the 1980s

1st Edition

Narrelle Morris
September 09, 2013

The aim of this book is to examine and analyse the phenomenon of ‘Japan-bashing’, from its invention and popularisation in the United States in the late 1970s to the emergence of other national variants, including in Australia and Japan, to its gradual decline in the late 1990s. It is the first...

Dealing with Disaster in Japan: Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash

Dealing with Disaster in Japan: Responses to the Flight JL123 Crash

1st Edition

Christopher Hood
May 07, 2013

Just as the sinking of the Titanic is embedded in the public consciousness in the English-speaking world, so the crash of JAL flight JL123 is part of the Japanese collective memory. The 1985 crash involved the largest loss of life for any single air crash in the world. 520 people, many of whom had...

Language Life in Japan: Transformations and Prospects

Language Life in Japan: Transformations and Prospects

1st Edition

Patrick Heinrich, Christian Galan
April 15, 2013

Despite its monolingual self-image, Japan is multilingual and growing more so due to indigenous minority language revitalization and as an effect of migration. Besides Japan's autochthonous languages such as the Ainu and Ryukyuan languages, there are more than 75,000 immigrant children in the...

Small Firms and Innovation Policy in Japan

Small Firms and Innovation Policy in Japan

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Cornelia Storz
November 15, 2012

This new book discusses the extent to which the Japanese economy encourages entrepreneurship and innovation. Although Japan has a strong reputation as an innovator, some people argue that this reputation is misplaced. Contrary to earlier expectations, the USA rather than Japan emerged as the...

Institutional and Technological Change in Japan's Economy: Past and Present

Institutional and Technological Change in Japan's Economy: Past and Present

1st Edition

Janet Hunter, Cornelia Storz
November 15, 2012

Institutional and technological change is a highly topical subject. At the theoretical level, there is much debate in the field of institutional economics about the role of technological change in endogenous growth theory. At a practical policy level, arguments rage about how Japan and the Japanese...

Japanese Apologies for World War II: A Rhetorical Study

Japanese Apologies for World War II: A Rhetorical Study

1st Edition

Jane Yamazaki
August 02, 2012

Post-war Japan offers a compelling case study of national apologies for past wrongdoings. Actions of the Japanese Army and government during the Second World War caused enormous suffering and distress throughout Asia, leaving a legacy of resentment and distrust. Beginning in the mid-1980s, apology...

Adoption in Japan: Comparing Policies for Children in Need

Adoption in Japan: Comparing Policies for Children in Need

1st Edition

Peter Hayes, Toshie Habu
July 13, 2012

The first book-length study of adoption in Japan, this impressive work tackles the innovative and sometimes controversial subject of the policies of adoption agencies in Japan. The book places special adoption in the context of a liberal reformist agenda that has challenged...

A Japanese Joint Venture in the Pacific: Foreign bodies in tinned tuna

A Japanese Joint Venture in the Pacific: Foreign bodies in tinned tuna

1st Edition

Kate Barclay
June 14, 2012

The Japanese, and other Asians, are increasingly taking over some of the roles previously played by Europeans in the Pacific islands, which is giving rise to interesting new economic relationships, and interesting new interactions between nationalities. This book considers the role of the Japanese...

A New Japan for the Twenty-First Century: An Inside Overview of Current Fundamental Changes and Problems

A New Japan for the Twenty-First Century: An Inside Overview of Current Fundamental Changes and Problems

1st Edition

Rien T. Segers
May 15, 2012

Many people in the West portray Japan as being fixed in its ways, and unable to change, and consequently risking national decline and international loss of prestige. However, in fact, Japan is at present in a significant transition period, comparable to the Meiji Restoration of 1868 or the period...

Japanese Aid and the Construction of Global Development: Inescapable Solutions

Japanese Aid and the Construction of Global Development: Inescapable Solutions

1st Edition

David Leheny, Kay Warren
January 19, 2012

Instead of asking the usual questions about Japanese aid — Why is Japanese aid so different from that of other donors? Is Japanese aid effective? — this collection takes it as axiomatic that Japanese aid actors are now working in a contentious environment affected by changing global norms of aid....

Political Reform in Japan: Leadership Looming Large

Political Reform in Japan: Leadership Looming Large

1st Edition

Alisa Gaunder
October 12, 2011

Political Reform in Japan argues that the quality of political leadership is the crucial determinant of whether parties in positions of dominance, like the Liberal Democratic Party in Japan, pass or reject policies such as electoral system and campaign finance reforms that could harm the party's...

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