By J. A. A. Stockwin
The politics of Japan are much less greatly pronounced than its economics. most folks are conscious of the industrial 'miracle' following the second one international warfare, wherein Japan turned the second one greatest economic system on this planet after the us, and the commercial stagnation of the early Nineties is usually popular. however it is tough to make feel of those phenomena with no wisdom of the political procedure and the ways that it really works in perform. Containing an introductory essay, an essay on theories of eastern politics and over 250 A-Z entries, the Dictionary of the trendy Politics of Japan treatments this imbalance, and solutions the necessity for an obtainable paintings of reference bringing jointly details and authoritative research on all points of the politics of Japan and the japanese political system.
Including a completely annotated bibliography to lead the consumer to extra studying, the entries are completely cross-referenced and listed, and are supplemented with maps and tables, to make sure that the Dictionary of the fashionable Politics of Japan is vital studying for all students and scholars of the politics and diplomacy of Japan.
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Whereas the latter tended to brush aside the kinds of problem mentioned in the previous paragraph as incidental by-products of the supreme task of expanding the wealth available ultimately to all, New Left thinkers were more concerned with the victims. Like the modernisation theorists, they wrote extensively about Japan before 1945, but unlike them they did not neglect the 1930s and early 1940s. Unlike ‘universalist’ democratic theorists such as Scalapino, they took a much more pessimistic view of the prospects for real democracy in Japan, pointing to deep social and political structures that militated against the formation of a true democracy with guarantees of accountability and effective popular participation.
Nevertheless, regional patterns varied greatly, and in some prefectures (Aomori, Saitama, Tokyo, Shiga, Kyōto, Nara, Wakayama and Kōchi) more teachers belonged to Zenkyō in 1992 than to Nikkyōso (Aspinall, pp 60–1). At national level, however, the influence of Zenkyō was slight.
Some modernisation theorists had argued, with statistics, that economic development had brought about an egalitarian trend in Japanese society, rather than the other way round. On the other hand, some on the left pointed to structural inequalities in employment systems and between types of firm. An example of the first is Murakami Yasusuke, who in the 1970s popularised the concept of ‘middle mass’ (1982). Having noticed that in public opinion polls very high proportions of those polled identified themselves as ‘middle class’, he suggested that Japan had created mass society, but the ‘mass’ was middle class, rather than, according to the classic formulation, working class.
Dictionary of the Modern Politics of Japan (Routledge in Asia) by J. A. A. Stockwin