Japan: The Basics, is an engaging introduction to the culture, society and the global positioning of Japan. Taking a fresh look at stereotypes associated with Japan, it provides a well-rounded introduction to a constantly evolving country. It addresses such questions as:
* How do we go about studying Japan?
* What are the connections between popular culture and wider Japanese society?
* How are core values about identity formed and what are their implications?
* How does Japan react to natural and manmade disasters?
* How does nature influence Japanese attitudes to the environment?
With exercises and discussion points throughout and suggestions for further reading, Japan: The Basics is an ideal starting point for all those studying Japan in its global, cultural context.
Christopher P. Hood is a reader in Japanese Studies at Cardiff University, UK. He is the author of Dealing with Disaster in Japan: Reponses to the flight JL123 Crash (2011) and Shinkansen: From Bullet Train to Symbol of Modern Japan (2006), also published by Routledge.
List of Figures and Tables Notes on Style Acknowledgements Map of Japan 1. Introduction - Studying Japan 2. Demographic Challenges 3. Japan on the Move 4. Natural Japan 5. Core Values 6. Pure Japanese 7. One For All, All For One 8. (Re)Building Japan 9. Conclusions Bibliography Index