Japan is arguably today's most successful industrial economy, combining almost unprecedented affluence with social stability and apparent harmony. Japanese goods and cultural products are consumed all over the world, ranging from animated movies and computer games all the way through to cars, semiconductors, and management techniques. In many ways, Japan is an icon of the modern world, and yet it remains something of an enigma to many, who see it as a confusing
montage of the alien and the familiar, the ancient and modern. The aim of this Very Short Introduction is to explode the myths and explore the reality of modern Japan - by taking a concise look at its history, economy, politics, and culture.
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Christopher Goto-Jones is Professor of Modern Japan Studies at the University of Leiden. His publications include Political Philosophy in Japan : Nishida, the Kyoto School, and Co-Prospersity, RoutledgeCurzon (Leiden Series in Modern East Asia), 2005 and Re-Politicising the Kyoto School qua Philosophy RoutledgeCurzon (Leiden Series in Modern East Asia), 2006.
Introduction: What is Modern Japan? ; 1. Japan's Encounter with the Modern World ; 2. Overcoming Modernity in Imperial Japan ; 3. Overcome by the Modern: the US Occupation ; 4. Japan's Miraculous Modern Economy ; 5. Towards a Post-Modern Society ; 6. Normalcy and Japan's Place in the Modern World ; Further reading