With the ever growing contact between Japan and the rest of the world comes an increasingly important need to understand a society that is fascinating but still often confusing to the outsider. In this brand new fourth edition of Understanding Japanese Society Joy Hendry brings the reader up to...
Published June 27th 2012 by Routledge
From Returnees to NEETs
Over the past thirty years, whilst Japan has produced a diverse set of youth cultures which have had a major impact on popular culture across the globe, it has also developed a succession of youth problems which have led to major concerns within the country itself. Drawing on detailed empirical...
Published November 27th 2011 by Routledge
The Development of Diversity
This book presents a new dimension of the lives of the zainichi Koreans in Japan and the development of social policy for an ageing society. Using Aera, (a non-profit North Korean welfare organisation in Japan) as the case study, Lee investigates how this group utilises and mobilises Japanese state...
To Be Published January 30th 2014 by Routledge
Getting Young Adults Back to Work
From the 1960s onwards, Japan’s rapid economic growth coincided with remarkably smooth transitions from school to work and with internationally low levels of youth unemployment. However, this changed dramatically in the 1990s, and by the 2000s, youth employment came to be recognized as a serious...
Published December 5th 2012 by Routledge
Response and Recovery after Japan's 3/11
The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan plunged the country into a state of crisis. As the nation struggled to recover from a record breaking magnitude 9 earthquake and a tsunami that was as high as thirty-eight meters in some places, news trickled out that Fukushima had experienced...
Published March 1st 2012 by Routledge
Chihoshi and Revitalization Journalism
Japan is one of the world’s most literate societies. Its national newspapers are the most read newspapers in the world, and the country also has a very vibrant local newspaper sector. This book assesses the vital role local newspapers play in the development of local communities, as well as...
Published April 11th 2012 by Routledge
Mental health, including widespread depression, a high suicide rate and institutionalisation, is a major problem in Japan. At the same time, the mental health care system in Japan has historically been more restrictive than elsewhere in the world. This book looks at the challenges of mental health...
Published June 20th 2012 by Routledge
Soka Gakkai Youth and Komeito
Presenting a study of politics at grassroots level among young Japanese, this book examines the alliance between the religious movement Soka Gakkai (the ‘Value-creation Society’) and Komeito (the ‘Clean Government Party’), which shared power with the Liberal Democratic Party from 1999 to 2009....
Published June 11th 2012 by Routledge
Claiming a Right to the Past
As the historic capital of the country and the stronghold of the nation’s most celebrated traditions, the city of Kyoto holds a unique place in the Japanese imagination. Widely praised for the beauty of its townscape and natural environments, it is both a popular destination for tourists and home...
Published March 20th 2012 by Routledge
The emerging incentive divide
Until the early 1990s, Japanese education was widely commended for achieving outstanding outcomes in global comparison. At the same time, it was frequently criticized for failing to cultivate 'individuality' and 'creativity' in students. Wide-ranging education reforms were enacted during the 1990s...
Published November 15th 2012 by Routledge
Power and Public Policy
Adding a new dimension to current discussions of politics in contemporary Japan, this collection of essays examines the gendered nature of the Japanese State. Incorporating new material arising from recent research on gender and power in Japan, Gender in Japan explores issues including:...
To Be Published December 30th 2013 by Routledge
In Japan, the figure of the suited, white-collar office worker or business executive ‘salaryman’ (or, sarariiman), came to be associated with Japan’s economic transformation following World War Two. The ubiquitous salaryman came to signify both Japanese masculinity, and Japanese corporate culture,...
Published August 12th 2012 by Routledge
International comparisons of student achievement in mathematics, science, and reading have consistently shown that Japanese and Korean students outperform their peers in other parts of world. Understandably, this has attracted many policymakers and researchers seeking to emulate this success, but...
Published May 14th 2013 by Routledge
Cultural and Social Perspectives
Urban Spaces in Japan explores the workings of power, money and the public interest in the planning and design of Japanese space. Through a set of vivid case studies of well-known Japanese cities including Tokyo, Kobe, and Kyoto, this book examines the potential of civil society in contemporary...
Published May 9th 2012 by Routledge
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