178 pages

English language

Published Jan. 17, 2020 by Polity Press.

5 stars (1 review)

Japan, anchored by its traditions, transformed by American post-war Occupation, and globally recognized for its technological innovations, manufacturing prowess, and pop culture, faces powerful challenges from within and without. How Japan chooses to handle these problems and opportunities will determine its future for decades to come. In this book, Jeff Kingston – one of the most lucid analysts of Japan today – takes readers on a fascinating journey through this country's contemporary history, exploring the key developments and forces, both at home and abroad, that are shaping Japan in the twenty-first century. Whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s transformative agenda of “Abenomics” and “proactive pacifism” toward a rising China and a belligerent North Korea can set Japan on the path to greater prosperity and security remains to be seen. But having won a third term as president of the Liberal Democratic Party in 2018, Japan’s ongoing transformation is very much in …

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A great and concise book on the modern challenges of Japan

5 stars

I was looking for a concise books giving keys on the challenges of modern Japan, it is exactly what Japan from Jeff Kingston is doing. Through different themes such as the disputed territories, corruption or inequalities, the author dress a very precise maps of important topics for Japan, giving a precise yet documented view of the history of the last 50 years. The books gives thorough references on Japan and ends with recommendations of books to read to read deeper on a topic. Definitely a recommended reading


  • Japan