An Introduction to Japanese Society (3rd Edition) by Yoshio Sugimoto

By Yoshio Sugimoto

Crucial interpreting for college kids of jap society, An advent to jap Society now enters its 3rd version. the following, across the world popular pupil, Yoshio Sugimoto, writes a cosmopolitan, but hugely readable and lucid textual content, utilizing either English and jap assets to replace and extend upon his unique narrative. The e-book demanding situations the conventional concept that Japan includes a uniform tradition, and attracts recognition to its subcultural variety and sophistication festival. protecting all elements of eastern society, it contains chapters on classification, geographical and generational version, paintings, schooling, gender, minorities, pop culture and the institution. This new version positive factors sections on: Japan's cultural capitalism; the decline of the normal jap administration version; the increase of the 'socially divided society' thesis; adjustments of presidency; the unfold of manga, animation and Japan's pop culture abroad; and the growth of civil society in Japan.

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5 The Desirability Debate In the current climate of ambivalence of Western nations toward Japan, analysts are often tempted to join either a ‘Japan-admiring camp’ or a ‘Japan-bashing camp’ and to portray Japanese society in simplistic black-and-white terms. Yet as Japan is a multifaceted, complex society, one would perhaps have to start with a kind of ‘trade-off’ model that focuses on the ways in which both desirable and undesirable elements are interlinked. To the extent that Japanese society is an integrated system, its observers would be required to examine the processes in which its various parts depend on many others, and upon which the overall functioning of Japanese society depends.

The tatemae and omote justifications of these expenses include the importance of informal contacts and communications. Many important political policy decisions are made by politicians who wine and dine in high class Japanese-style restaurants (called ry¯otei) where ura-type trading is done behind closed doors. Similarly, local government officials often entertain their national counterparts in these and other restaurants in order to secure high allocations of national government subsidies, a ura practice which citizens’ groups have criticized as illegitimate use of taxpayers’ money.

Clammer 2001 takes a comparative, non-Western perspective seriously and attempts to bring the study of Japanese society into dialogue with some recent developments in cultural studies. 28 An Introduction to Japanese Society relativists would argue that the time is ripe for a wide range of Japanese emic concepts to be examined and used in comparative analysis of advanced capitalism. At the conceptual level, the Nihonjinron literature provides a wide repertoire of emic notions that can be tested and scrutinized for crosscultural studies.

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