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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This volume investigates the role of communication and emotions in conflict contexts and draws from communication and media studies, 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
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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.

An Introduction to Japanese Society

Author: Yoshio Sugimoto
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1316214117
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Now in its fourth edition, An Introduction to Japanese Society remains essential reading for students of Japanese society. Internationally renowned scholar Yoshio Sugimoto uses both English and Japanese sources to update and expand upon his original narrative in this sophisticated yet highly readable text. This book explores the breadth and diversity of Japanese society, with chapters covering class, geographical and generational variation, work, education, gender, minorities, popular culture and the establishment. Updates include an exploration of the 'Cool Japan' phenomenon and the explosion of Japanese culture overseas. This edition also features the latest research into Japanese society, updated statistical data and coverage of recent events including the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the change in government. Written in a clear and engaging style, An Introduction to Japanese Society provides an insight into all aspects of a diverse and ever-evolving contemporary Japan.

Resigned Activism

Author: Anna Lora-Wainwright
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0262341107
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Residents of rapidly industrializing rural areas in China live with pollution every day. Villagers drink obviously tainted water and breathe visibly dirty air, afflicted by a variety of ailments -- from arthritis to nosebleeds -- that they ascribe to the effects of industrial pollution. "Cancer villages," village-sized clusters of high cancer incidence, have emerged as a political and cultural phenomenon. In Resigned Activism, Anna Lora-Wainwright explores the daily grind of living with pollution in rural China and the varying forms of activism that develop in response. She finds that claims of health or environmental damage are politically sensitive, and that efforts to seek redress are frustrated by limited access to scientific evidence, growing socioeconomic inequalities, and complex local realities. Villagers, feeling powerless, often come to accept pollution as part of the environment; their activism is tempered by their resignation.Lora-Wainwright uses the term "resigned activism" as a lens through which to view villagers' perceptions and the diverse forms of environmental engagement that result. These range from picketing at the factory gate to quieter individual or family-oriented actions. Drawing on her own extensive fieldwork, Lora-Wainwright offers three case studies of "resigned activism" in rural China, examining the experiences of villagers who live with the effects of phosphorous mining and fertilizer production, lead and zinc mining, and electronic waste processing. These cases make clear the staggering human costs of development and the deeply uneven distribution of costs and benefits that underlie China's economic power.

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.