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Japan As Anything But Number One

Author: Woronoff,
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131548787X
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A full scale examination of the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War - the events that led to it, the Cold War aftermath, and the implications for the region and beyond.

Japan As Anything But Number One

Author: J. Woronoff
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230371299
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'Japan as - anything but - Number One should be everybody's number two book to read about Japan. After almost any introduction that lays out the claims made for Japan's truly unusual economy and society, the next step forward should be to read an informed critical text, to set a contrast in the mind. No book achieves this more concisely, more acurately and more succinctly than Japan as - anything but - Number One .' - James Y. Bourlet, Professor of Japanese Management, London Guildhall University Is Japan No 1? Well, maybe it is if you only consider those sectors where it has been particularly successful. But not if you add many others where its performance was mediocre or worse. Is Japan No 1? Well, maybe it is if you ask the foreign 'friends' who have made a career (and sometimes a fortune) as apologists of Japanese causes. But, if you ask the Japanese themselves, you will find that they are anything but satisfied. Is Japan No 1? Well, maybe it is if you are taken in by the tatemae, i.e. the official version or how its admirers like to picture it. But it does not look so great once you perceive the honne, i.e. the realities of life in Japan. Is Japan No 1? Well, maybe it is if you take what is best in Japan and contrast it to what is less good in foreign countries. But it does not compare so well if you mix the good with the bad in both places. No, the author does not think that Japan is a horrible place or that its leaders have made a complete mess of things. But, if you look closely, it is certainly not the extraordinary success it is frequently claimed to be. It is closer to the mean, with many serious problems that will only get worse if people foolishly assume it is No 1.

The Japanese Economic And Social System

Author: Claude Lonien
Publisher: IOS Press
ISBN: 9781586033897
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The Japanese economy is currently at a crossroads and the embarrassing situation the country faces today is even worse than the Meiji restoration of 1868, the defeat after World War II in 1945 and the yen appreciation after the Plaza Agreements of 1985. Indeed, the traditional Japanese model is doomed to failure, mainly due to economic and industrial structures that are inappropriate towards increasing globalization, liberalization and deregulation. However, Japanese-style industrial capitalism is in this work compared to the economic and social models of other developed countries and this enables us to point out the path the Japanese economy may take in the 21st century in order to survive.

A New Japan For The Twenty First Century

Author: Rien T. Segers
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134054084
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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 immediately after the Second World War. This transition period comes with a mixture of events and situations which are difficult to interpret both for foreign as well as domestic commentators and decision makers. In this book a range of senior experts from inside Japan outline the many considerable changes currently taking place in a wide range of fields, including the economy, business and technology, politics, governance and international relations, and a wide range of social issues - the media, the position of women, nationalism and national consciousness, and religion. Overall, the book provides a corrective to misplaced Western and Eastern views; it aims to redirect stereotyped thinking about contemporary Japan both inside as well as outside the country. In addition it gives a summary overview of contemporary Japan, its current changes and problems– in short the inside story of the second strongest national economy in the world which is in the process of fundamental re-engineering and which will continue to have a huge impact globally going forward.

Japanese Lessons

Author: Gail R. Benjamin
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814723403
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Gail R. Benjamin reaches beyond predictable images of authoritarian Japanese educators and automaton schoolchildren to show the advantages and disadvantages of a system remarkably different from the American one... --The New York Times Book Review Americans regard the Japanese educational system and the lives of Japanese children with a mixture of awe and indignance. We respect a system that produces higher literacy rates and superior math skills, but we reject the excesses of a system that leaves children with little free time and few outlets for creativity and self-expression. In Japanese Lessons, Gail R. Benjamin recounts her experiences as a American parent with two children in a Japanese elementary school. An anthropologist, Benjamin successfully weds the roles of observer and parent, illuminating the strengths of the Japanese system and suggesting ways in which Americans might learn from it. With an anthropologist's keen eye, Benjamin takes us through a full year in a Japanese public elementary school, bringing us into the classroom with its comforting structure, lively participation, varied teaching styles, and non-authoritarian teachers. We follow the children on class trips and Sports Days and through the rigors of summer vacation homework. We share the experiences of her young son and daughter as they react to Japanese schools, friends, and teachers. Through Benjamin we learn what it means to be a mother in Japan--how minute details, such as the way mothers prepare lunches for children, reflect cultural understandings of family and education. Table of Contents Acknowledgments 1. Getting Started 2. Why Study Japanese Education? 3. Day-to-Day Routines 4. Together at School, Together in Life 5. A Working Vacation and Special Events 6. The Three R's, Japanese Style 7. The Rest of the Day 8. Nagging, Preaching, and Discussions 9. Enlisting Mothers' Efforts 10. Education in Japanese Society 11. Themes and Suggestions 12. Sayonara Appendix. Reading and Writing in Japanese References Index

Japan Pop

Author: Timothy J. Craig
Publisher: M.E. Sharpe
ISBN: 9780765605603
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Presents a look at various forms of Japanese popular culture: pop song, jazz, enka (a popular musical ballad genre), karaoke, comics, animated cartoons (anime), video games, television dramas, films, and "idols" (teenage singers and actors.) Also describes Japan social life and customs.


Author: Jean-Marie Bouissou
ISBN: 9781850655695
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Encompasses all the aspects of the transformation that raised Japan from the ashes of defeat to the status of 'an economic model'.

Japan As Number One Von Ezra F Vogel Ein Bahnbrechendes Werk Des Japandiskurses Der 70er Und 80er Jahre

Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3638550028
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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2006 im Fachbereich Orientalistik / Sinologie - Japanologie, Note: bestanden, Universität Leipzig, Veranstaltung: Nihon(bunka)ron’ - Diskurse über Japan und die japanische Kultur , 21 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Die Studentin las einmal in einem Artikel, das Buch „Japan as Number One“ sei das bahnbrechenste Werk des Japandiskurses gewesen - gemessen am Effekt, den es auf andere Autoren hatte. Stimmt dies? Das Seminar „’Nihon(bunka)ron’ - Diskurse über Japan und die japanische Kultur“ belegte die Studentin, um dies herauszufinden. Nach dem Seminar schien die Antwort ‚nein’ zu sein. Doch mit Hilfe dieser Hausarbeit soll noch einmal der Effekt des Buches „Japan as Number One“ auf andere Werke untersucht werden. Außerdem soll herausgefunden werden, ob es korrekt ist, wenn Aoki Tamotsu schreibt, dass das Werk „[...]als Sammlung der verschiedenen Japandiskurse, die die Japanizität als Positivum darstellen“ gesehen werden kann. Daher wurde der folgende Aufbau der Hausarbeit gewählt: Im ersten Teil der Hausarbeit wird ein Einblick in die Motivation und den persönlichen Hintergrund des Autors und die wirtschaftliche Lage der Länder geben. Darüber hinaus wird das Werk inhaltlich vorgestellt. Im zweiten Teil wird die bereits zitierte Aussage Aokis bewiesen und der Einfluss von Werken, die die Phase der Japanizität als Positivum maßgeblich beeinflussten, auf „Japan as Number One“ nachgewiesen. Desweiteren wird eine Übersicht über zeitgenössische Werke gegeben. Im dritten Teil wird der Einfluss des Werkes auf den Japandiskurs hauptsächlich in den USA, nach 1979 nachvollzogen. Dabei wird auch der Japandiskurs in Deutschland und Japan angesprochen. Da das Buch primär ein wirtschaftswissenschaftliches Werk ist, wird sich die Studentin in ihrer Analyse größtenteils auf diesen Bereich des Japandiskurses konzentrieren. Das Werk „Japan as Number One, Lessons for America“ wurde in seiner Originalversion gelesen. Um die Authentizität und Nuancen von Ausdrücken in der Hausarbeit beibehalten zu können, werden alle Zitate im Original belassen. Desweiteren werden japanische Namen in traditioneller japanischer Schreibweise -Familiennamen zuerst, gefolgt vom Vornamen - gegeben. Aus Gründen der Praktikabilität wird der Begriff „Westen“ auch trotz seiner Ungenauigkeit genutzt.

All I Asking For Is My Body

Author: Milton Murayama
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
ISBN: 9780824811723
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This novel, written in dialect, reveals the everyday elements and dimensions of life in Hawaii.


Author: Robert J. Shapiro
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429929578
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What will life be like in America, Europe, Japan or China in the year 2020? As everyone's lives across the world are become increasingly interconnected by globalization and new technologies quicken the pace of everything, the answer to that question depends on the fate and paths of the world's major nations. In Futurecast, Robert Shapiro, former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce and Chairman/Co-founder of Sonecon, looks into the future to tell us what our world will over the next dozen years. Though that time span seems brief, Shapiro foresees monumental changes caused by three historic new forces—globalization, the aging of societies, and the rise of America as a sole superpower with no near peer— will determine the paths of nations and the lives of countless millions. What jobs will there be for you and your children? What will happen to your health care? How safe will you be at home or abroad? Answers to these questions will depend, even more than today, on where you live in the world: • Even as China expands its military and its economy, America will be the world's sole superpower for at least the next generation, and continue to lead efforts to preserve global security and stability. • The U.S. and China will be the world's two indispensable economies, dominating the course of globalization. • Globalization will continue to shift most heavy manufacturing and millions of high-end service jobs from advanced countries like the US, to China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania, Turkey and other developing nations. • Europe's major nations and Japan will face the prospect of genuine economic decline and critical problems in their retirement pension systems, moving further towards the periphery of global economic and geopolitical power. • Every major country—the U.S., Europe, Japan, China—will face critical problems with their health care systems, and the entire world will face a crisis over energy and climate change. If one adds the wildcard of possible, catastrophic terrorist attacks to this mix, the period between now and 2020 will be as challenging as any in modern times. Taking these deep global developments into account when planning for the future isa necessity. Robert Shapiro's clear-eyed Futurecast is the knowledge portfolio you need to prepare for the years to come.