Book by Nathan John
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Not since World War II has Japan faced a crisis like the one before it now. An apparently endless recession has weakened the foundations of the traditional family and severed the bond between Japan's corporations and employees. Unruly children turn classrooms into battlefields. Ultranationalist pride and xenophobia are celebrated in best-selling comic books and championed by media superstars, including the governor of Tokyo. Upheavals across the society have significant ramifications for America. As the Japanese reject their traditions wholesale, they view their half-century-old connection to the United States with mounting skepticism.
Drawing on his fluent Japanese and unmatched intimacy with the culture, John Nathan reveals a nation newly unmoored from the traditions that have shored it up and sometimes stifled it. Dramatic changes in business are augured by Carlos Ghosn, the Brazilian president of Nissan, once scorned as an outsider, now hailed for reviving a moribund giant. The soft-spoken artist Yoshinori Kobayashi foments and reflects rabid nationalism among millions with his hugely popular comic books. Yasuo Tanaka, a puckish writer and bon vivant, wins the governorship of Nagano and revolutionizes Japanese politics with his radical populism.
Nathan delves beyond Japan's celebrities to map the epic shifts in daily life. He unveils the horrors of the Japanese school system. He goes inside a "career transition service" to witness the novel, nuanced rituals of job-hunting Japanese-style. He takes the pulse of ordinary citizens who are caught up in the country's many profound social shifts: agitprop pop culture, emerging feminism, environmentalism, teenage consumerism, entrepreneurship, and more.
With immediacy and élan, John Nathan dispels conventional wisdom about Japan and replaces it with a brilliant vision of a country roiling with pride, uncertainty, creativity, fear, and hope.
"A fascinating book..." --The Economist
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Description du livre Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire DADAX0618138943
Description du livre Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004. État : New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Contents Introduction 1 1. Monsters in the House: Japan's Bewildered Children 25 2. The Family Crisis 45 3. The Culture of Arithmetic 71 4. The Entrepreneurs 99 5. In Search of a Phantom 119 6. The New Nationalism II: Institutionalizing Tradition 139 7. Shintaro Ishihara: The Sun King 169 8. Yasuo Tanaka: The Trickster 203 Epilogue: Outgrowing Adolescence 231 Sources 255 Index 259 Acknowledgments 273. N° de réf. du libraire ABE_book_new_0618138943
Description du livre Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004. Hardcover. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0618138943
Description du livre Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2004. Hardcover. État : New. N° de réf. du libraire P110618138943