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Science, Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan : Contemporary Japanese Society - Morris Low

Science, Technology and Society in Contemporary Japan

Contemporary Japanese Society

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Published: 28th November 1999
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The challenge of the Asian economic crisis in the late 1990s has placed pressure on the Japanese economy to change, causing the nation to turn to science and technology to safeguard its future. In this book, a team of three leading scholars in the field explore the dynamic relationship among science, technology and Japanese society, examining how it has contributed to economic growth and national well-being. The book includes several case studies in which competing views are presented, creating a synthesis of recent debates. Throughout, readers gain insight into the complex interplay between different values and interests, knowledge, and power. Chapters discuss government policy, the private sector and community responses; computers and communication; the automobile industry, the aerospace industry and quality control; the environment; consumer electronics; medical care; and the role of gender. This is an ideal introductory text for students in the sociology of science and technology, the history and philosophy of science, and Japanese studies. Up-to-date research and case studies make this an invaluable resource for readers interested in the nature of science and technology in the twenty-first century.

'As late as August 1998, Japanese prime minister Keizo Obuchi was unaware of the Y2K bug. That the leader of one of the world's most technologically advanced nations should have been ignorant of such a serious problem may come as a surprise. But it is one of many contained in a new book, Science, Technology, and Society in Contemporary Japan. Did you know, for example, that Japan has the worst dioxin contamination in the world? Or that the Japanese spend twice as much on prescription drugs as on rice? The warts-and-all picture of Japan that emerges from the book is very different from the glistening high-tech stereotype. It is painted by Morris Low, a senior lecturer at the University of Queensland, and two Japanese co-authors, Shigeru Nakayama, the preeminent historian of Japanese science, and his former student, Hitoshi Yoshioka' New Scientist

The Japanese Model Of Rd
Basic versus applied research: the role of corporate laboratories and universities
Cooperation versus competition: Miti's R&D projects and Japan's science cities
Science And Technology For Economic Growth
Quality versus quantity: the automobile industry
Technology versus commercial feasibility: nuclear power and electric utilities
Consumerism and development versus the environment
The International Dimension
Domestic development versus importation of technology: the aerospace industry and the FS-X fighter plane controversy
Domestic technology versus the export of technology
Science And Technology For The People?
Information society versus controlled society
Women versus men in the science and technology workforce
National interest versus local interests: the construction of Narita airport
The patient versus the doctor: changes in medical care and attitudes to the body
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ISBN: 9780521652827
ISBN-10: 0521652820
Series: Contemporary Japanese Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 28th November 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.59