Reinventing Japan: From Merchant Nation to Civic Nation (Paperback)Yasuo Takao (author)
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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Number of pages: 253
Weight: 395 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2007
"This is politics from the grassroots level. Takao's nuanced focus on local government and voluntary associations forms the basis of a lively and provocative reinterpretation of Japanese society, including both its recent history and its future directions. The book will be an indispensable resource for anyone wanting to understand the new shape of Japanese democracy and governance."
- Sandra Wilson, Associate Professor Japanese Studies, Murdoch University, Australia
"Yasuo Takao presents a fascinating and original perspective on Japan's alleged 'lost decade.' In reflecting upon the growing significance of civil society, social capital, and 'glocalization,' his study presents a valuable corrective to many orthodox accounts of Japanese politics rooted in statist, economistic and territorialist analytical assumptions."
- Anthony McGrew, Professor of International Relations and Head of the School of Social Sciences, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
"Yasuo Takao challenges existing understandings of state-civil society relations by focusing on local governments and local communities. Drawing on extensive fieldwork and a deep engagement with the political science literature, this book provides original and refreshing insights into the actions of citizens in local government, non-profit organisations, volunteer groups, women's groups and the internet, and their contribution to the formation of a new 'civic nation.' "
- Vera Mackie, University of Melbourne, author of Feminism in Modern Japan, Citizenship, Embodiment and Sexuality.
" Japanese society is clearly in transition and Yasuo Takao provides important evidence that Japanese citizens are becoming more involved in the political decisions affecting their lives. No longer willing to accept a "Japan, Inc." controlled by big business and central government officials, people are forming new alliances to advance their interests and address local problems. For students of contemporary Japanese politics, this book's optimistic view of the future of Japan's democratic institutions will be a welcomed contribution."
- John Sagers, Associate Professor of History, Linfield College
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