By Rien T. Segers
Many of us within the West painting Japan as being fastened in its methods, and not able to alter, and for that reason risking nationwide decline and overseas lack of status. even if, in reality, Japan is at the moment in an important transition interval, such as the Meiji recovery of 1868 or the interval instantly after the second one global battle. This transition interval comes with a mix of occasions and occasions that are tough to interpret either for overseas in addition to household commentators and determination makers. during this e-book a number of senior specialists from inside of Japan define the various substantial adjustments presently happening in a variety of fields, together with the economic climate, enterprise and expertise, politics, governance and diplomacy, and a variety of social concerns - the media, the placement of ladies, nationalism and nationwide awareness, and faith. total, the publication presents a corrective to lost Western and japanese perspectives; it goals to redirect stereotyped pondering modern Japan either within in addition to open air the rustic. moreover it offers a precis review of up to date Japan, its present alterations and difficulties– in brief the interior tale of the second one most powerful nationwide economic climate on this planet that is within the technique of primary re-engineering and with a view to proceed to have a big impact globally going ahead.
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Tetsuo Yamaori, in his chapter ‘Japanese religion adrift’, points out the roots of an important problem in the construction of the contemporary national identity of Japan: the feelings of insecurity and estrangement amid all the changes. Yamaori discusses one of the most important changes in twentieth century Japanese cultural identity, of which the implications can be still felt up to the present day. It concerns the decision, under the pressure of the American occupying, forces to dissolve the State Shinto system after the Second World War and to announce that the Japanese Emperor is a human being and not a God.
On the local, Japanese side it concerns the new question of how to respond to the often unexpected requirements of globalizing trends entering the country. In short, it involves the question of what the Japanese response to globalization should be. On the globalization level there are many aspects that are of great importance for a renewal of Japanese global strategy, but the major new items here for Japan are the rise of China and the growing tendency towards East Asian regionalization. How should Japan respond to those two crucial regional–globalizing developments?
One could think here of problems such as those of the so-called freeters (college graduates who work in temporary, low-paid jobs), of the hikikomori (youngsters who shut themselves up in a room for fear of people and society) and the parasite singles (young adults of thirty years and older preferring to live unmarried at home). An important change in the business domain, the privatization of the postal service, is also not covered. It is not the intention of this book, however, to cover all changes and problems.