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Japan : a global studies handbook
Ellington, Lucien.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC CLIO, [2002]

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xv, 307 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
1. Japan's geography and history -- 2. Japan's economy -- 3. Japanese institutions -- 4. Japanese society and contemporary issues.
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DS806 .E45 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A valuable addition to ABC-CLIO's Global Studies series, this resource covers Japan in two main sections--a narrative history and an extensive general reference section.

* A detailed timeline charts landmarks in Japanese history, from the rise of the Jomon culture in 11,000 B.C.E. to the bursting of the economic bubble in the 1990s

* A compendium of practical information describes Japanese customs, from gift-giving to bathing etiquette

Author Notes

Lucien Ellington is editor of Education About Asia and codirector of the Asia Program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Part 1 Narrative Sectionp. 1
1 Japan's Geography and Historyp. 3
The Physical and Human Geographies of Japanp. 3
The Living Space Problemp. 11
The Hazards of Being Japanesep. 15
Japan's Prehistoryp. 16
Early Mainland Asia and Chinese Influencesp. 18
Classical Japanp. 25
Medieval Japanp. 27
Isolation and Peace: Tokugawa Japanp. 33
Japan Enters the Modern Worldp. 38
The Road to Warp. 51
World War II and the Occupationp. 54
Unparalleled Prosperity and New Challengesp. 60
2 Japan's Economyp. 65
The Roots of Successp. 65
The Making of the Economic Miraclep. 69
The End of the Miracle: The Bubble Burstsp. 82
Japan's Economic Futurep. 96
3 Japanese Institutionsp. 111
Japanese Government and Politicsp. 112
The Roots of Japanese Democracyp. 112
National Governing Structures: Theory and Practicep. 114
Political Partiesp. 119
The Political Problem of the Economic Malaisep. 122
The Electorate and Government Reorganization: Solutions?p. 126
Japan's Educational Systemp. 127
Cultural and Historical Foundations for Learningp. 127
The Structure of Japanese Educationp. 129
The Examination Racep. 136
Student Life and Behavior Patternsp. 140
Higher Educationp. 141
Educational Reformp. 143
Japanese Religionp. 145
Are Most Japanese Religious?p. 145
The New Religionsp. 154
4 Japanese Society and Contemporary Issuesp. 161
The Group and the Individual in Japanp. 163
Families and the Role of Womenp. 165
Learning Group Skills: The Schoolp. 171
The Workplace Groupp. 173
Recreation and Popular Culturep. 176
Groupism: A Critiquep. 183
Few Babies and Many Old Peoplep. 191
Japan and the Worldp. 196
Part 2 Reference Materialsp. 211
Key Events in Japanese Historyp. 213
Significant People, Places, and Eventsp. 217
Japanese Language, Food, and Etiquettep. 233
Written Japanesep. 233
Spoken Japanesep. 235
Foodp. 244
Common Japanese Dishesp. 245
Common Beveragesp. 248
Etiquettep. 249
Japan-Related Organizationsp. 257
Business and Economicp. 257
Culture/Education/Exchangep. 260
Governmentp. 268
Tourismp. 272
Annotated Bibliographyp. 277
Indexp. 287
About the Authorp. 307