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


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 subsequently crippled by enormous and ongoing political, economic and social problems. Socially, these unprecedented difficulties have led to high rates of suicide, alcoholism and rising levels of crime particularly among the young. Controversially, this book argues that the Japan that emerges from these manifold problems may, in fact, be stronger than before.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2004


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