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The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis, both online and printed (members are entitled to receive a copy by post). Since the starting of the publication in 2006, each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions, tv series and exhibitions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.

The Japan Society Review is possible thanks to the work of volunteers who dedicated their time and expertise to help us to promote the learning and understanding of Japanese culture and society.

Japan: The System That Soured

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Japan: The System That Soured

By Richard Katz After seven long years of economic malaise, it is clear that something has gone awry in Japan. Unless Japan undertakes sweeping reform, official forecasts now warn, growth will steadily dwindle. How could the world's most acclaimed economic miracle have stumbled so badly? As this important book explains, the root of the problem is that Japan is still mired in the structures, policies, and mental habits of the 1950s-1960s. Review by Takahiro Miyao

Financial Markets and Policies in East Asia

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Financial Markets and Policies in East Asia

Edited by Gordon de Brouwer While the financial crisis in East Asia could be said to be on the wane in some countries, the reconstruction process in the aftermath and the debate about the financial policies best suited to the region still rages on. This book examines both of these processes in authoritative detail. Review by Takahiro Miyao

Japan's Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil Society in the 21st century

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Japan's Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil Society in the 21st century

By Jeff Kingston The 1990s have been termed as 'Japan's lost decade' to describe how the phenomenal growth in the Japanese economy ground to a halt and the country was crippled by enormous and ongoing political, economic and social problems. In responding to these unprecedented difficulties, wide-ranging reforms have been adopted including NPO, information disclosure and judicial reform legislation. Controversially, this book argues that such reforms are creating a more robust civil society and demonstrate that Japan is far more dynamic than is generally recognized. Review by Sean Curtin

Issues and Options for U.S.-Japan Trade Policies

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Issues and Options for U.S.-Japan Trade Policies

Edited by Robert M. Stern This book deals with the potential for improvements as part of formal government-to-government negotiations in the multilateral context in the World Trade Organization (WTO), regionally in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, and bilaterally with the administration of national trade laws and the negotiation of free trade agreements. Review by Takahiro Miyao

Kim Jong-il: North Korea's Dear Leader, who he is, what he wants, what to do about him

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Kim Jong-il: North Korea's Dear Leader, who he is, what he wants, what to do about him

By Michael Breen Kim Jong-il has been the subject of intense interest and fear in recent months. He has been demonised as 'Dr Evil' for his nuclear programme which puts Korea on a collision course with the US. For this reason, the world has a stake in understanding this man and his little-known country. This account aims to tell the compelling story of Kim Jong-il and the country he leads. Review by Tomohiko Taniguchi

Japan Encyclopedia

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Japan Encyclopedia

By Louis Frederic, translated by Kathe Roth This richly detailed yet concise encyclopedia is a guide to the full range of Japanese history and civilization, from the dawn of its prehistory to today, providing clear and accessible information on society and institutions, commerce and industry, sciences, sports, and politics, with particular emphasis on religion, material culture, and the arts. Review by Susan House Wade

A Guide to Japanese Art Collections in the UK

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A Guide to Japanese Art Collections in the UK

Edited by Greg Irvine This publication is a comprehensive guide dealing specifically with important collections of publicly available Japanese art in the UK. It identifies the wide range of Japanese art collections nationwide, making them known and accessible to all those interested in Japan's unique art and culture. The guide contains cross-references in the index to town, county, type of holding, etc., and regional maps. Review by Marie Therese Barrett

U.S.-Japan Relations in a Changing World

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U.S.-Japan Relations in a Changing World

Edited by Steven K. Vogel This new book evaluates the changing relationship between the two great powers, providing in-depth analysis on a variety of topics. It scrutinizes the historical context, providing the reader with predictive tools for understanding events as they unfold. Instead of looking at the U.S.-Japan relationship one issue at a time, this book examines specific trends and then analyzes how these trends affect the relationship as a whole. Review by Takahiro Miyao

Japanese Phoenix

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Japanese Phoenix

By Richard Katz Japan will recover and its economic achievements will once again earn the world's admiration, with sustained annual growth of three percent, perhaps more, well within reach. This is the confident forecast that begins Japanese Phoenix: The Long Road to Economic Revival. Review by Takahiro Miyao

Doing Business with the Japanese: A One-stop Guide to Japanese Business Practice

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Doing Business with the Japanese: A One-stop Guide to Japanese Business Practice

By Geoffrey Bownas, David Powers, Christopher P. Hood, et. al. A one-stop guide to Japanese business practice, but this is no ordinary guide to the dos and don'ts of business etiquette in Japan. Twenty experts and real business people guide the reader in approaching and succeeding in this "difficult, but attractive market". Review by Tomohiko Taniguchi