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An Introduction to Japanese Society (3rd Edition) by Yoshio Sugimoto

By Yoshio Sugimoto

Crucial studying for college kids of jap society, An advent to eastern Society now enters its 3rd version. the following, the world over well known student, Yoshio Sugimoto, writes a worldly, but hugely readable and lucid textual content, utilizing either English and eastern assets to replace and extend upon his unique narrative. The ebook demanding situations the normal thought that Japan includes a uniform tradition, and attracts realization to its subcultural range and sophistication festival. protecting all facets of eastern society, it contains chapters on type, geographical and generational edition, paintings, schooling, gender, minorities, pop culture and the institution. This re-creation good points sections on: Japan's cultural capitalism; the decline of the traditional jap administration version; the increase of the 'socially divided society' thesis; alterations of presidency; the unfold of manga, animation and Japan's pop culture out of the country; and the growth of civil society in Japan.

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To cope, these countries had to devise a strategy of catch-up industrialization by preserving some elements of traditional heritage while establishing a powerful bureaucracy that steered the process of development. Reflecting the swift rise of Asian economies since the 1980s, another version points to the possibility of ‘Confucian capitalism’,70 in which the ethic of obedience to authorities and emphasis on selfless devotion to work leads to a path of development different from the Western type but conducive to rapid economic growth.

5 Tachibanaki argues that the level of social inequality in Japanese society has increased so much that it ranks among the most 1 2 4 The most influential books which take this line are Nakane 1967, 1970, and 1978. 3 Reischauer 1977, pp. 161–2. Nakane 1970, p. 87. 5 Sato ¯ 2000. For a good analysis of the paradigm change, see Chiavacci 2008. 6 The new discourse has gained ground further since the worldwide financial crisis from 2008 onwards. All of a sudden, it is widely being argued that ‘the middle class society’ has collapsed and kakusa shakai (disparity society) has come into being.

Japan’s management practices, industrial relations, and education programs were praised as the most advanced on earth and endorsed as what other societies should emulate. Against the background of a gradual decline of American hegemony in the international economy and a visible ascendancy of Japanese economic performance, Vogel’s Japan as Number One51 was one of a number of works which championed what they regarded as the Japanese model. Many who wrote along these lines suggested the possibility of injecting some Japanese elements into the Western system to revitalize it.

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