The Press in Japan Today, a Case Study

The Press in Japan Today, a Case Study

The Press in Japan Today, a Case Study

The Press in Japan Today, a Case Study

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Demonstrations, disorder, and violence on the streets of Tokyo, and even in the Diet building itself, in May and June of 1960, evoked expressions of profound shock from the Western world, and particularly from the United States. Americans who watched their television sets or read press accounts of the mob actions were startled by the temporary collapse of what had seemed to be orderly democratic processes. There had been a general impression that affairs were proceeding smoothly in Japan, and in their preoccupation with the problems elsewhere in the Far East, Americans tended to take for granted or even forget about Japan.

Japan is far too important to be forgotten; developments there are likely, as they were twenty years ago, to be crucial in determining the course of international affairs. Preoccupation with the much-overplayed contest between Communist China and Democratic India has frequently resulted in too little attention to the achievements as well as the problems of post-World War II Japan. With remarkable energy and creativeness the Japanese have rebuilt their country and its economy into one of the wonders of the modern world. The island nation is now self-sufficient in foodstuffs for the first time in the twentieth century, her rate of industrial growth and its versatility are second to none, and despite a great poverty of natural resources, Japan has the highest standard of living in Asia. Japan has made the "great leap forward" in Asia and has provided the prime example of successful economic modernization, particularly in the field of agriculture.

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