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American ambivalence toward Japan stems not only from reactions to Japanese behavior in the world arena but also from a fundamental lack of knowledge about its history, culture, and distictive approach to politics and economics.
This broad-ranging text offers students an appraisal of the successes and failures of this much-scrutinized and frequently misunderstood society. Here is an even-handed, forthright attempt to explain the political life of Japan as well as the forces that shape it.
1. The historicsl background for modern Japan including pre-World War II, the 1947 Constitution, and the American occupation.
2. The political process, its formal structure, the party system, and citizen participation.
3. The social order and the domestic economy.
4. Japan's role in international politics with emphasis on US relations and the internal economy.
With this book students of political science, history, and economics will gain insight to one of the worlds most successgul economies and a society that seems to be both a reflection and contradiction of our own.