Japan: a Reinterpretation
By (author) Patrick Smith
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Japan: a Reinterpretation by Patrick Smith
Book DescriptionWinner of the Overseas Press Club Award for the best book on Foreign Affairs. A "New York Times" Notable Book of the year. In 1868, Japan abruptly transformed itself from a feudal society into a modern industrial state. In 1945, the Japanese switched just as swiftly from imperialism and emperor-worship to a democracy. Today, argues Patrick Smith, Japan is in the midst of equally sudden and important change.In this award-winning book, Smith offers a groundbreaking framework for understanding the Japan of the next millennium. This time, Smith asserts, Japan's transformation is one of consciousness--a reconception by the Japanese of their country and themselves. Drawing on the voices of Japanese artists, educators, leaders, and ordinary citizens, Smith reveals a "hidden history" that challenges the West's focus on Japan as a successfully modernized country. And it is through this unacknowledged history that he shows why the Japanese live in a dysfunctional system that marginalizes women, dissidents, and indigenous peoples; why the "corporate warrior" is a myth; and why the presence of 47,000 American troops persists as a holdover from a previous era. The future of Japan, Smit suggests, lies in its citizens' ability to create new identities and possibilities for themselves--so creating a nation where individual rights matter as much as collective economic success. Authoritative, rich in detail, "Japan: A Reinterpretation" is our first post-Cold War account of the Japanese and a timely guide to a society whose transformation will have a profound impact on the rest of the world in the coming years.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780679745112
(203mm x 140mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Vintage Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1999
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Patrick Smith
Patrick Smith has worked as an editor and correspondent for more than twenty years (fourteen of them in Asia) with, among other publications, the "New York Times, " the "Financial Times of London," the "International Herald Tribune, " and "The New Yorker." He is the author of The Nippon Challenge: Japan's Pursuit of the Americas Cup. He lives in Norfolk, Connecticut. "From the Hardcover edition."
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