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When the Japanese economy was on the rise, as it was in the 1980s, it was often suggested that the Japanese way of doing things was culturally unique and inherently superior. The apparent success of the Japanese approach to issues such as capitalist development, organizational management, decision-making, and education was frequently heralded both inside and outside of Japan. Having endured the collapse of the bubble economy, and the long economic and demographic stagnation of the 1990s, the Japanese are now more sanguine about the prospects for their country in the new millennium. The author, one of the leading political scientists in Japan, offers a somber analysis and assessment of Japanese politics during two critical recent periods, 1983-1993 and 1994-2004. Japanese Politics examines the incremental and yet steady change which has occurred in Japanese domestic politics and foreign policy. Japan is now replacing its old policies and adopting a more pro-active outlook.
INOGUCHI Takashi is Former President of the University of Niigata Prefecture, Professor Emeritus at the University of Tokyo and Eminent Scholar-Professor at J.F. Oberlin University (Tokyo). He obtained a PhD in Political Science from MIT in 1974, and his career has seen him serve as Member of the UN Headquarters Strategic Planning Committee and Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations assigned to the United Nations University Headquarters. He writes prolifically on Japan, Asia’s quality of life and international affairs. He received the prestigious Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 1982 for his book on the international political economy.
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