The Japanese High School

Author: Shoko Yoneyama
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134734476
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For large numbers of school students in Japan school has become a battle field. Recent violent events in schools, together with increasing drop-out rates and bullying are undermining stereotypes about the effectiveness of the Japanese education system. This incisive and original book looks at Japanese high school from a student perspective and contextualises this educational turmoil within the broader picture of Japans troubled economic and political life.

Approaches to Conflict

Author: Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498535461
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Approaches to Conflict: Theoretical, Interpersonal, and Discursive Dynamics aims to investigate the role of communication and emotions in conflict contexts. In addition to the fundamental importance of communication in various aspects of conflict, this volume offers a prominent position to the inherent part played by the effects of a wide range of emotions. This multi-disciplinary project draws from communication studies and media, public relations, philosophy, psychology and neuroscience, linguistics, business studies, political science, literature, and cultural studies.

The Journal of Japanese Studies

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A multidisciplinary forrum for communicating new information, new interpretations, and recent research results concerning Japan to the English-reading world.

Education in Contemporary Japan

Author: Kaori Okano
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521626866
Format: PDF
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A balanced introduction to and examination of contemporary Japanese education. While the postwar system of schooling has provided valuable ingredients for economic success, it has been accompanied by unfavourable developments such as excessively competitive exams, stifling uniformity, bullying, and an undervaluing of non-Japanese ethnicity. This book offers up-to-date information and new perspectives on schooling in contemporary Japanese society, and uses detailed ethnographic studies and interviews with students and teachers. It examines the main developments of modern schooling in Japan, from the beginning of the Meiji era up to the present, and includes analysis of the most recent reforms. It develops a new picture of the role that schooling plays for individuals and the wider society. Essential reading for students and educators alike.

Le Japon contemporain

Author: Jean-Marie Bouissou
Publisher: Fayard
ISBN: 2213641900
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Archipel tard venu dans l'histoire, exigu, morcelé, sujet aux cataclysmes, dont la population a quadruplé depuis le XIXe siècle pour atteindre 1600 habitants par km2 habitable, terrassé en 1945, le Japon a su jouer de ces contraintes pour devenir un « modèle ». Le cycle qui commence à Hiroshima le 6 août 1945 a fait d'un pays rural, introverti et « féodal », l'une des références économiques et culturelles qui donnent aujourd'hui le ton à la globalisation, et de Tôkyô la mégapole postmoderne par excellence. Ruiné en 1945, le Japon est devenu un géant industriel et commercial, et la première puissance financière du globe, avant que le « miracle » soit mis à mal par la longue crise des années 1990. Mis un temps au ban d'une Asie qu'il avait cru dominer, tenu en tutelle par le vainqueur américain, l'archipel a su finalement recouvrer une formidable puissance diplomatique et militaire. Vingt-quatre spécialistes décryptent ici cette mutation, en passant au crible la vie politique, économique, sociale, religieuse et culturelle, les relations du Japon avec le monde, le rôle du crime organisé et de la police, la place de la classe ouvrière et celle du monde rural, le rôle de l'administration, la vie des communautés locales, la littérature, le cinéma, la culture populaire - télévision, chanson, loisirs, sport et manga -, l'éducation, les forces armées. Ils dressent un panorama captivant et donnent les clefs nécessaires à la compréhension des défis qui attendent le cool Japan du début du XXIe siècle - à l'heure où la mondialisation et la montée en puissance chinoise inaugurent un nouveau cycle de son histoire. Ont collaboré à cet ouvrage : Natacha Aveline, Anne Bayard-Sakai, Patrick Beillevaire, Nicolas Bergeret, Jean-Pierre Berthon, Jean-Marie Bouissou, Sylvie Chevallier, Christine Condominas, Philippe Dallais, Evelyne Dourille-Feer, Jean-Charles Esmein, Guy Faure, Anne Garrigue-Testard, Jérôme Hallier, Paul Jobin, Kaneko Masaru, Claude Leblanc, David-Antoine Malinas, Claude Meyer, Arnaud Nanta, Philippe Pelletier, Eric Seizelet, Régine Serra, Alexandre Sheldon-Duplaix.

Corporate Governance in Japan

Author: Masahiko Aoki
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199284512
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Debates regarding corporate governance have become increasingly important in Japan as the post-war model of bank-based, stakeholder-oriented corporate governance faces the new pressures associated with globalization and growing investor demands for shareholder value. Bringing together a group of leading scholars from economics, law, sociology and management studies, this book looks at how the Japanese approach to corporate governance and the firm have changed in the post-bubble era.The contributions offer a unique empirical exploration of why and how Japanese firms are reshaping their corporate governance arrangements, leading to greater diversity among firms and new 'hybrid' forms of corporate governance. The book concludes by looking at what effect these incremental buttransformative changes may have on Japan's distinctive variety of capitalism.

The East Asian Welfare Model

Author: Roger Goodman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134692897
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For many politicians and observers in the West, East Asia has provided a broad range of positive images of the state's intervention in society. Neoliberals grew excited by popular welfare systems that cost little in expenditure and bureaucracy. Social-democrats thought they had found a model for social cohesion and equality. In fact the reality in East Asia is rather different from these stereotypes. In this book six specialists of six different societies in East Asia (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, Singapore and Hong Kong) examine the role of the state in their welfare systems. There are detailed case studies on pensions, health insurance, housing and personal social services. They provide an up-to-date detailed account of how these systems have developed as well as an examination of the question of whether these welfare regimes are the natural outgrowth of cultural traditions or the result of economic and political conditions. This broad-ranging and detailed study will be welcomed by both students and policy makers as the first proper academic study in English to have such a wide coverage of this topic. Its clarity and authority should come as a welcome alternative to the more common misconceptions about Asian society.

Foreign Language Education in Japan

Author: Sachiko Horiguchi
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9463003258
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Language education is a highly contested arena within any nation and one that arouses an array of sentiments and identity conflicts. What languages, or what varieties of a language, are to be taught and learned, and how? By whom, for whom, for what purposes and in what contexts? Such questions concern not only policy makers but also teachers, parents, students, as well as businesspeople, politicians, and other social actors. For Japan, a nation state with ideologies of national identity strongly tied to language, these issues have long been of particular concern. This volume presents the cacophony of voices in the field of language education in contemporary Japan, with its focus on English language education. It explores the complex and intricate relationships between the “local” and the “global,” and more specifically the links between the levels of policy, educational institutions, classrooms, and the individual. In the much-contested field of foreign language teaching in Japan, this book takes the reader directly to the places that really matter. With the help of expert guides in the fields of anthropology, sociology and linguistics, we are invited to join a vital discussion about the potentially revolutionary implications of the Japanese government’s policy of teaching Japanese citizens to not only passively engage with written English texts but to actually use English as a means of global communication.” – Robert Aspinall, PhD (Oxford), Professor, Faculty of Economics, Department of Social Systems, Shiga University, Japan This insightful book about language education involves different disciplines using ethnographic methods. Both ‘native’ and ‘non-native’ speakers of Japanese (or English) collaboratively examine two different types of qualitative approaches in Japan – the positivistic and the processual. This is a must-have book for researchers and educators of language who are interested in not only Japan but also language education generally.” – Shinji Sato, PhD (Columbia), Director of the Japanese Language Program, Department of East Asian Studies, Princeton University, USA.