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The Political Economy of Japanese Society : Volume 1: The State or the Market? - Junji Banno

The Political Economy of Japanese Society

Volume 1: The State or the Market?

By: Junji Banno (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st August 1997
ISBN: 9780198280330
Number Of Pages: 384

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Until recently, many Japanese believed that they lived in the richest country in the world, and in the early 1990s, they welcomed the end of one-party dominance. However, by the middle of the 1990s, many Japanese are no longer confident in their economy, nor optimistic in their politics. This authoritative study analyses various aspects of Japanese society and economy in order to provide a balanced view between the optimism of the 1980s and the pessimism characteristic of more recent years. The Political Economy of Japanese Society is a revision and translation of a multidisciplinary research project carried out by the Institute of Social Science at the University of Tokyo. Beginning with the late nineteenth century, it examines the historical developments of Japan's contemporary political economy, paying particular attention to the changes that have occurred 'from below'. Social actors who have often been given peripheral treatment, such as opposition parties, the aged, female and foreign workers, are brought to the forefront of the analysis, alongside those considered more mainstream, such as the governing party, large corporations and labour unions. The Japanese political economy of the 1980s and 90s has had a strong impact on the global economy, and this book also analyses selective influences on the outside world, in particular on other Asian nations and the USA. Volume 1 analyses the structures of the Japanese political economy which encouraged continuous economic growth in the period from 1955 to 1990, focusing on such phenomena as Japanese political management, the Japanese employment system, and one-party dominance in politics. Volume 2 examines some of the problems inherited from this period of dramatic economic growth.

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...provides non-Japanese readers with an insight into a rich vein of research in the social and political structures associated with the historical development of the Japanese corporate economy. Through this book inventive and innovative methods of analysis are applied to analyse what is variously described as a compact form of society, corporatism, and "harmonist" organisation. The authors are interested in the minutiae and detail in recent Japanese history and have used a wealth of statistical, written and printed testimony in developing their complex thesis. This book should be read by all serious scholars of modern Japan. - Mark A Gray. Kellogg College, Oxford.

Volume 1: The State or the Market? Banno Junji: Introduction: The Historical Origins of Companyism: From Westernization to Indigenization Part 1: Structure 1: Hashimoto Juro: Corporate Structure and the Japanese Economy 2: Yamazaki Hiroaki: Introduction to Japanese Company History: Stability and Change in the Ranking of Large Manufacturing Enterprises 3: Tabata Hirokuni: Industrial Relations and the Union Movement 4: Watanabe Osamu: The Weakness of the Contemporary Japanese State 5: Baba Hiroji: Japanese Companyism and the End of the Cold War Part 2: Historical Origins 6: Narusawa Akira: The Social Order of Modern Japan 7: Nishida Yoshiaki: Labour and Farmers' Movements in Pre-War Japan 8: Okazaki Tetsuji: The Wartime Institutional Reforms and Transformation of the Economic System Volume 2: Internationalization and Domestic Issues Part 1: Internationalization 1: Kawai Masahiro: Japan as Creditor Nation: What is happening to its Net External Assets 2: Koike Kazuo: The Internationalization of the Japanese Firm: Japanese Working Practices and Indigenous Asian Workplaces 3: Hirowatari Seigo: Foreign Workers and Immigration Policy 4: Wada Haruki: Economic Co-operation in Place of Historical Remorse: Japanese Post-War Settlements with China, Russia, and Korea in the Context of the Cold War. Normalizing Relations with the Soviet Union, China, and South Korea Part 2: Domestic Issues 5: Osawa Mari: The Feminization of the Labour Market 6: Harada Sumitaka: The Aging Society, the Family, and Social Policy 7: Inamoto Yonosuke: The Problem of Land Use and Land Prices Part 3: Facing the Post-Cold War/Post-Bubble World 8: Nitta Michio: Employment Relations after the collapse of the Bubble Economy 9: Hiwatari Nobuhiro: The Argument: Explaining the End of the Post-war Party System

ISBN: 9780198280330
ISBN-10: 0198280335
Series: Political Economy of Japanese Society : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st August 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.72