This fourth edition provides an in-depth, up-to-date, chronological analysis of Japan s current political system and the contributions of its leaders. It emphasizes why Japan and its politics matters in a global society.
Ideal for college courses on Japanese or comparative politics as well as for those interested in Japanese war memory, constitutional revision, and Japan s relationship with the US, China, and North and South Korea
Investigates the divided aspects existing below the veneer of consensus in Japanese politics
Explores conflicts between power-hungry political groups as well as fundamental differences regarding Japan s constitution, the interpretation of Japanese actions in the Asia-Pacific War, and Japan s place in today s world
Advocates a system that readily permits changes of party in power for the present system dominated by the Liberal Democratic Party
Examines the extreme statements of high profile politicians to determine whether a "nationalist resurgence in Japan is real or not
Sheds light on the official incompetence and the spectacular rise of civil society following the Kobe earthquake
Features numerous Japanese sources