The Japanese economy and economic issues since 1945 /
edited with an introduction by Edward R. Beauchamp.
New York : Garland, 1998.
viii, 350 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0815327323 (alk. paper)
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New York : Garland, 1998.
0815327323 (alk. paper)
general note
"Articles ... drawn from distinguished scholarly journals, as well as from other select source not as well known"--Introd.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references.
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Unpaid Annotation
Volume V of a six-volume series on the history of contemporary Japan. Written by leading academicians, 16 essays discuss economic issues and problems and provide a framework within which to interpret Japan's current economic policy. Topics include the attempts of the Occupation authorities to reconstruct the Japanese economy, postwar policy and its political context, the role of Japanese capitalism in the postwar period and its impact on smaller countries, the need for a transition, the impact of the 1990s, issues of dependency and investment, the Equal Employment Law, the politics of financial transfers from Japan to North Korea, "pork barrel" politics, permanent employment, the patent system, and problems of software copyrights.
Main Description
The best scholarship on the development of contemporary Japan This collection presents well over 100 scholarly articles on modern Japanese society, written by leading scholars in the field. These selections have been drawn from the most distinguished scholarly journals as well as from journals that are less well known among specialists; and the articles represent the best and most important scholarship on their particular topic. An understanding of the present through the lens of the past The field of modern Japan studies has grown steadily as Westerners have recognized the importance of Japan as a lading world economic force and an emerging regional power. The post-1945 economic success of the Japanese has, however, been achieved in the context of that nation's history, social structure, educational enterprise and political environment. It is impossible to understand the postwar economic miracle without an appreciation of these elements. Japan's economic emergence has broughtabout and in some cases, exacerbated already existing tensions, and these tensions have, in turn, had a significant impact on Japanese economic life. The series is designed to give readers a basic understanding of modern Japan-its institutions and its people-as we stand on the threshold of a new century, often referred to as "the Pacific Century".
Table of Contents
Series Introduction
Volume Introduction
International Economic Controls in Occupied Japanp. 1
The Dark Valley Illuminated: Recent Trends in Studies of the Postwar Japanese Economyp. 14
In Search of Peace and Democracy: Japanese Economic Debate in Political Contextp. 18
Periodizing Capitalism and the Political Economy of Post-War Japanp. 45
Gulliver in Lilliput: Japan and Asian Economic Regionalismp. 67
The Historic Transition Facing the Japanese Economic Systemp. 82
Regional Japan: The Price of Prosperity and the Benefits of Dependencyp. 101
Japan's Direct Investment, Its Development Pattern and Future Directionp. 121
Japan's Equal Employment Opportunity Law: An Alternative Approach to Social Changep. 140
What Became of the Japanese "Miracle"p. 199
Gearing the Japanese Economy to International Harmonyp. 219
Financial Transfers from Japan to North Korea: Estimating the Unreported Flowsp. 233
Pork Barrel Politics, Networks, and Local Economic Development in Contemporary Japanp. 254
Software Rights and Japan's Shift to an Information Society: The 1993-1994 Copyright Revision Processp. 274
The Theory of Institutionalization: Permanent Employment and Tradition in Japanp. 297
Japanese Patents: Olympic Gold or Public Relations Brassp. 321
Acknowledgmentsp. 349
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