Japanese Politics: An Introductory Survey

Japanese Politics: An Introductory Survey

Japanese Politics: An Introductory Survey

Japanese Politics: An Introductory Survey

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The purpose of the present work is to present an overall view of Japanese politics in terms of its setting, the dominant political forces, and basic political processes. I am fully aware that this is indeed a rash undertaking, given our present state of knowledge. Yet those of us who teach and undertake research on Japanese government and politics must seek to relate, explicitly or implicitly, the parts to the whole; and the present work was undertaken on the assumption that it would be useful to set down --even if only in a preliminary way--a general framework for analyzing Japanese politics in its totality.

In preparing this book I was assisted by numerous individuals. I wish to thank in particular Professor C. Easton Rothwell for enabling me to take an extended leave of absence; my colleagues, Professors Mary Wright, Arthur Wright, Thomas Smith, and Dean Carl Spaeth for their encouragement; Professor Kyogoku Jun'ichi, of Tokyo University, for spending many hours giving me the benefit of his insight into Japanese politics, and Professors Saito Makoto and Hayashi Shigeru, also of Tokyo University, and Mr. Okubo Genji, of the Canadian Embassy, for . . .

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