Author: Anne Allison

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 0822377241

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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In an era of irregular labor, nagging recession, nuclear contamination, and a shrinking population, Japan is facing precarious times. How the Japanese experience insecurity in their daily and social lives is the subject of Precarious Japan. Tacking between the structural conditions of socioeconomic life and the ways people are making do, or not, Anne Allison chronicles the loss of home affecting many Japanese, not only in the literal sense but also in the figurative sense of not belonging. Until the collapse of Japan's economic bubble in 1991, lifelong employment and a secure income were within reach of most Japanese men, enabling them to maintain their families in a comfortable middle-class lifestyle. Now, as fewer and fewer people are able to find full-time work, hope turns to hopelessness and security gives way to a pervasive unease. Yet some Japanese are getting by, partly by reconceiving notions of home, family, and togetherness.
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Our Inescapable In-between

Author: Michael C. Brannigan

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739196693

Category: Philosophy

Page: 238

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This book raises questions about what really matters through its account of Japan’s March 11, 2011, triple catastrophe of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown, exploring the relationship between culture, community, and disaster.
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Soziale Herausforderungen und Bewältigungsstrategien

Author: Annette Schad-Seifert,Nora Kottmann

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3658234237

Category: Social Science

Page: 291

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Die Auswirkungen der gegenwärtigen Krise in verschiedenen gesellschaftlichen Bereichen wie Regierungspolitik, Arbeitsmarkt, Wohlfahrt, Familien- und Beziehungsstrukturen sind Thema des vorliegenden Sammelbandes der Herausgeberinnen Annette Schad-Seifert und Nora Kottmann. Die sozialwissenschaftlichen Studien informieren umfassend zu gesellschaftspolitischen Debatten und bieten empirische Analysen zu Reproduktion, (Liebes-)Beziehungen und Pflege, Work-Life-Balance, Migration, Jugendkriminalität sowie Ernährung und Nachhaltigkeit. Zusammenfassend wird so die Vielschichtigkeit der Krise(nphänomene) aufgezeigt und weiterer Handlungsbedarf in aller Dringlichkeit offengelegt. Darüber hinaus wird aber auch auf die Chancen zivilgesellschaftlicher Bewältigungsstrategien verwiesen.
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The English Language and the Internationalization of Higher Education in Japan

Author: Chisato Nonaka

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 1788921720

Category: Education

Page: N.A

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The Japanese concept of akogare has become well known in TESOL-related literature in recent years, usually in the context of interracial sexual desire. In this far-reaching new study of the internationalization of Japanese Higher Education, Chisato Nonaka uses akogare as both an analytical lens and the object of enquiry, and ultimately reconceptualises it as the creation of a space where individuals negotiate and transcend their ethnic, national, racial, gender or linguistic identities. The book innovatively engages with the often controversial binary of Japanese/non-Japanese, and demonstrates how Japan (often thought of as a homogenous nation) may be at a critical crossroads where long-held assumptions about a singular ‘Japanese identity’ no longer hold true. The book has profound implications for how ‘internationalization’ can mean more than just the use of English.
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Romantische und solidarische Beziehungswelten im Wandel

Author: Nora Kottmann

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3658140100

Category: Social Science

Page: 358

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Vor dem Hintergrund des demografischen Wandels und der stark problematisierten Veränderungen des Heiratsverhaltens untersucht Nora Kottmann die Bedeutung der Heirat für junge Erwachsene und deren Lebensentwürfe in Japan. Mittels einer qualitativen Interviewstudie zeigt sie einerseits die anhaltende Bedeutung der Heirat auf, andererseits legt sie jedoch auch ‚neue‘ Lebensentwürfe – basierend auf unterschiedlichen romantischen und solidarischen Beziehungsformen – offen. Erstmals beleuchtet die Autorin hierbei die von der bisherigen Forschung vernachlässigten Themenbereiche „Liebe“, „Partnerschaft“ und „Freundschaft“. Damit bietet sie einen umfassenden Einblick in die sich wandelnde Institution der Heirat und das dieser zugrunde liegende, in Veränderung begriffene Familien- und Gesellschaftssystem im Japan der Gegenwart.
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The Precarious Future

Author: Frank Baldwin,Anne Allison

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479851450

Category: History

Page: 384

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On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake off Japan’s northeast coast triggered a tsunami that killed more than 20,000 people, displaced 600,000, and caused billions of dollars in damage as well as a nuclear meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan, the world’s third largest economy, was already grappling with recovery from both its own economic recession of the 1990s and the global recession following the US-driven financial crisis of 2008 when the disaster hit, changing its fortunes yet again. This small, populous Asian nation—once thought to be a contender for the role of the world’s number one power—now faces a world of uncertainty. Japan’s economy has shrunk, China has challenged its borders, and it faces perilous demographic adjustments from decreased fertility and an aging populace, with the country’s population expected to drop to less than 100 million by 2048. In Japan: The Precarious Future, a group of distinguished scholars of Japanese economics, politics, law, and society examine the various roads that might lie ahead. Will Japan face a continued erosion of global economic and political power, particularly as China’s outlook improves exponentially? Or will it find a way to protect its status as an important player in global affairs? Contributors explore issues such as national security, political leadership, manufacturing prowess, diplomacy, population decline, and gender equality in politics and the workforce, all in an effort to chart the possible futures for Japan. Both a roadmap for change and a look at how Japan arrived at its present situation, this collection of thought-provoking analyses will be essential for understanding the current landscape and future prospects of this world power.
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Author: Sarah Moss

Publisher: mareverlag

ISBN: 3866483287

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Nur wenige Wochen nach der Hochzeit muss ein junges Paar sich wieder trennen – für ein ganzes halbes Jahr. Tom Cavendish fährt nach Japan, um Leuchttürme zu bauen; Ally, seine Frau, bleibt in Cornwall, wo sie ihren lang gehegten Traum erfüllt und ihre erste Stelle als Ärztin antritt. Der neue Status beschert ihr ungekannte Freiheit, doch während sie sich immer tiefer in die Arbeit stürzt und Tom versucht, sich an die fremde Kultur Japans zu gewöhnen, wird die Entfernung zwischen beiden immer größer und das Fundament ihrer jungen Ehe brüchig. Mit ihrer unvergleichlichen Mischung aus psychologischer Einfühlung und intellektueller Tiefe spannt Sarah Moss einen Bogen von Cornwall bis Japan und zeigt zwei Menschen voller beruflicher Entschlossenheit und innerer Einsamkeit, verbunden durch dieselbe Sehnsucht, die Sehnsucht nach dem jeweils anderen.
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Author: László Krasznahorkai

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 310400708X

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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»Die Universalität von Krasznahorkais Blick zerstreut alle Zweifel an der zeitgenössischen Literatur.« W. G. Sebald Seiobo ist eine japanische Göttin, deren Pfirsiche nur alle 3000 Jahre blühen, aber Unsterblichkeit schenken. Der Glaube an solche Geschichten ist uns längst abhanden gekommen, nicht aber ihre Sehnsucht. Ihr geht László Krasznahorkai in seinem neuen Buch nach. Er beobachtet, wie es in jeder Epoche und in allen Kulturen vollkommene Dinge gab und gibt: der im Fluss reglos stehende Reiher, die Grimasse einer No-Maske, die äußerste Nacktheit im Gesicht einer Ikone, die Zerbrechlichkeit einer Buddha-Statue. Seine Helden sind Maler, Schauspieler, Wissenschaftler – Menschen, die erzittern, wenn die Dinge plötzlich die Augen vor uns schließen.
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Author: Kristina Iwata-Weickgenannt,Roman Rosenbaum

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317619102

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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Recent natural as well as man-made cataclysmic events have dramatically changed the status quo of contemporary Japanese society, and following the Asia-Pacific war’s never-ending ‘postwar’ period, Japan has been dramatically forced into a zeitgeist of saigo or ‘post-disaster.’ This radically new worldview has significantly altered the socio-political as well as literary perception of one of the world’s potential superpowers, and in this book the contributors closely examine how Japan’s new paradigm of precarious existence is expressed through a variety of pop-cultural as well as literary media. Addressing the transition from post-war to post-disaster literature, this book examines the rise of precarity consciousness in Japanese socio-cultural discourse. The chapters investigate the extent to which we can talk about the emergence of a new literary paradigm of precarity in the world of Japanese popular culture. Through careful examination of a variety of contemporary texts ranging from literature, manga, anime, television drama and film this study offers an interpretation of the many dissonant voices in Japanese society. The contributors also outline the related social issues in Japanese society and culture, providing a comprehensive overview of the global trends that link Japan with the rest of the world. Visions of Precarity in Japanese Popular Culture and Literature will be of great interest to students and scholars of contemporary Japan, Japanese culture and society, popular culture and social and cultural history.
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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Japan

Page: N.A

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Export Trade Overseas Competition

Author: Shinʼya Sugiyama

Publisher: Burns & Oates


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 3906

An analysis of Japan's industrialization in an international historical and economic perspective, from the time that her ports were first opened to foreign trade. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
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The Precarious Career of a Japanese Day Laborer

Author: Tom Gill, Meiji Gakuin University

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 1498511996

Category: History

Page: 158

View: 3816

This book is a one-man ethnography that seeks to understand life at the bottom of Japanese society through the personality of day laborer and street-philosopher Kimitsu Nishikawa. Through interviews with Kimitsu, Tom Gill analyzes life in the Yokohama slum district of Kotobuki—a district in which welfare has come to replace labor.
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South Africa, Tanzania and Nigeria

Author: Kweku Ampiah

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134825331

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

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This is the first book to examine in-depth Japan's relations with Africa. Japan's dependence on raw materials from South Africa made it impossible for Tokyo in the 1970s and 1980s to support other African states in their fight against the minority government and its policy of apartheid. Kweku Ampiah's detailed analysis of Japan's political, economic and diplomatic relations with sub-Saharan Africa from 1974 to the early 1990s makes it clear that Japan was lukewarm in the struggle against apartheid. Case studies of Tanzania and Nigeria dissect Japan's trade, aid and investment policies in sub-Saharan Africa more widely.
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