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Japan's Showa era began in 1926 when Emperor Hirohito took the throne and ended on his death in 1989. The formative age of modern Japan, it was undoubtedly the most momentous, calamitous, successful and glamorous period in Japan's recent history. Today, Showa is a beacon for nostalgia that is memorialized yearly in a national holiday. An era of growth and prosperity, it saw Japan go from an isolated, embattled nation to a peaceful country holding the exalted position of the world's second largest economy."Showa Japan" is a clear-sighted exploration of the Showa era as it really was - not only a time of wondrous change, security and growth, but also a time of wild spending and excesses in every field that would eventually come crashing to a halt with the bursting of Japan's bubble economy. From the highs of Showa-era extravagance to the lows of the lean years that followed, author Hans Brinckmann, a long-time resident of Japan, examines the impact of the Showa era and its aftermath on every aspect of Japanese society.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9784805310021
ISBN-10: 4805310022
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Tuttle Shokai Inc
Publisher: Tuttle Shokai Inc
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: Japan

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Author Biography - Hans Brinckmann

Hans Brinckmann is the author of The Magatama Doodle: One Man's Affair with Japan, 1950-1974 and Noon Elusive, a collection of short stories. He divides his time between Tokyo and London.

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