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A New Japan for the Twenty-First Century: An Inside Overview by Rien T. Segers

By Rien T. Segers

Many of us within the West painting Japan as being mounted in its methods, and not able to alter, and accordingly risking nationwide decline and foreign lack of status. even though, in reality, Japan is at the moment in an important transition interval, resembling the Meiji recovery of 1868 or the interval instantly after the second one international battle. This transition interval comes with a mix of occasions and events that are tough to interpret either for international in addition to household commentators and determination makers. during this e-book various senior specialists from inside of Japan define the various enormous alterations presently happening in quite a lot of fields, together with the economic system, enterprise and expertise, politics, governance and diplomacy, and quite a lot of social matters - the media, the location of girls, nationalism and nationwide awareness, and faith. total, the ebook offers a corrective to lost Western and jap perspectives; it goals to redirect stereotyped considering modern Japan either within in addition to outdoors the rustic. moreover it provides a precis review of latest Japan, its present adjustments and difficulties– in brief the interior tale of the second one most powerful nationwide economic climate on the earth that is within the strategy of primary re-engineering and on the way to proceed to have a big impact globally going ahead.

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In his chapter on the Japanese contribution to cultural globalization Koichi Iwabuchi mentions that the increasing spread of Japan’s media culture is perhaps one of the most significant changes to have taken place over the last ten years. On that basis Iwabuchi concludes that the outside perception of Japan as a faceless economic power has been displaced by an image of a cultural power that produces and disseminates ‘cool’ and ‘cute’ cultures to many parts of the world, such as animation, characters, comics, fashion, film, food and video games.

In brief, it first of all concerns the shift in US security policies and the strengthening of global antiterrorism measures since 9/11. The second major change has been the advance of globalization and its advantages and disadvantages regarding political and economic issues, which became a focus of frequent debate. The third change in the international community is the much-discussed emergence of China and India as economic and political powers. Especially, the rise of China is of crucial importance for the positioning of Japan, also in combination with China’s overwhelming need for energy (Segers et al.

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