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Precarious Japan

Author : Anne Allison
ISBN : 9780822377245
Genre : Social Science
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In an era of irregular labor, nagging recession, nuclear contamination, and a shrinking population, Japan is facing precarious times. How the Japanese experience insecurity in their daily and social lives is the subject of Precarious Japan. Tacking between the structural conditions of socioeconomic life and the ways people are making do, or not, Anne Allison chronicles the loss of home affecting many Japanese, not only in the literal sense but also in the figurative sense of not belonging. Until the collapse of Japan's economic bubble in 1991, lifelong employment and a secure income were within reach of most Japanese men, enabling them to maintain their families in a comfortable middle-class lifestyle. Now, as fewer and fewer people are able to find full-time work, hope turns to hopelessness and security gives way to a pervasive unease. Yet some Japanese are getting by, partly by reconceiving notions of home, family, and togetherness.
Category: Social Science

Japan S March 2011 Disaster And Moral Grit

Author : Michael C. Brannigan
ISBN : 9780739196694
Genre : Philosophy
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This book raises questions about what really matters through its account of Japan’s March 11, 2011, triple catastrophe of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown, exploring the relationship between culture, community, and disaster.
Category: Philosophy


Author : Frank Baldwin
ISBN : 9781479889389
Genre : History
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On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 earthquake off Japan’s northeast coast triggered a tsunami that killed more than 20,000 people, displaced 600,000, and caused billions of dollars in damage as well as a nuclear meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan, the world’s third largest economy, was already grappling with recovery from both its own economic recession of the 1990s and the global recession following the US-driven financial crisis of 2008 when the disaster hit, changing its fortunes yet again. This small, populous Asian nation—once thought to be a contender for the role of the world’s number one power—now faces a world of uncertainty. Japan’s economy has shrunk, China has challenged its borders, and it faces perilous demographic adjustments from decreased fertility and an aging populace, with the country’s population expected to drop to less than 100 million by 2048. In Japan: The Precarious Future, a group of distinguished scholars of Japanese economics, politics, law, and society examine the various roads that might lie ahead. Will Japan face a continued erosion of global economic and political power, particularly as China’s outlook improves exponentially? Or will it find a way to protect its status as an important player in global affairs? Contributors explore issues such as national security, political leadership, manufacturing prowess, diplomacy, population decline, and gender equality in politics and the workforce, all in an effort to chart the possible futures for Japan. Both a roadmap for change and a look at how Japan arrived at its present situation, this collection of thought-provoking analyses will be essential for understanding the current landscape and future prospects of this world power.
Category: History

Silence And Beauty

Author : Makoto Fujimura
ISBN : 9780830894352
Genre : Religion
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Shusaku Endo's novel Silence, first published in 1966, endures as one of the greatest works of twentieth-century Japanese literature. Its narrative of the persecution of Christians in seventeenth-century Japan raises uncomfortable questions about God and the ambiguity of faith in the midst of suffering and hostility. Endo's Silence took internationally renowned visual artist Makoto Fujimura on a pilgrimage of grappling with the nature of art, the significance of pain and his own cultural heritage. His artistic faith journey overlaps with Endo's as he uncovers deep layers of meaning in Japanese history and literature, expressed in art both past and present. He finds connections to how faith is lived in contemporary contexts of trauma and glimpses of how the gospel is conveyed in Christ-hidden cultures. In this world of pain and suffering, God often seems silent. Fujimura's reflections show that light is yet present in darkness, and that silence speaks with hidden beauty and truth.
Category: Religion

Exploring Animal Encounters

Author : Dominik Ohrem
ISBN : 9783319925042
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This collection of essays offers multifaceted explorations of animal encounters in a range of philosophical, cultural, literary, and historical contexts. Exploring Animal Encounters encourages us to think about the richness and complexity of animal lives and human-animal relations, foregrounding the intricate roles nonhuman creatures play in the always already more-than-human sphere of ethics and politics. In this way, the essays in this volume can be understood as a contribution to alternative imaginings of interspecies coexistence in a time in which the issue of human relations with earth and earth others has come to the fore with unprecedented force and severity.
Category: Literary Criticism

Zwischen Den Meeren

Author : Sarah Moss
ISBN : 9783866483286
Genre : Fiction
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Nur wenige Wochen nach der Hochzeit muss ein junges Paar sich wieder trennen – für ein ganzes halbes Jahr. Tom Cavendish fährt nach Japan, um Leuchttürme zu bauen; Ally, seine Frau, bleibt in Cornwall, wo sie ihren lang gehegten Traum erfüllt und ihre erste Stelle als Ärztin antritt. Der neue Status beschert ihr ungekannte Freiheit, doch während sie sich immer tiefer in die Arbeit stürzt und Tom versucht, sich an die fremde Kultur Japans zu gewöhnen, wird die Entfernung zwischen beiden immer größer und das Fundament ihrer jungen Ehe brüchig. Mit ihrer unvergleichlichen Mischung aus psychologischer Einfühlung und intellektueller Tiefe spannt Sarah Moss einen Bogen von Cornwall bis Japan und zeigt zwei Menschen voller beruflicher Entschlossenheit und innerer Einsamkeit, verbunden durch dieselbe Sehnsucht, die Sehnsucht nach dem jeweils anderen.
Category: Fiction

Japans Neue Immigrationspolitik

Author : Chiavacci David
ISBN : 9783531942292
Genre : Political Science
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Japan wurde lange als ein Paradebeispiel für ein Nichtimmigrationsland unter den fortgeschrittenen Industrieländern betrachtet. Doch seit Mitte der 1980er Jahre hat sich auch Japan parallel zur Etablierung der ostasiatischen Migrationsregion in ein Immigrationsland transformiert und verzeichnet seither signifikante und kontinuierliche Zu- und Einwanderungsströme. Die vorliegende Studie untersucht Japans neue Immigrationspolitik der beiden letzten Dekaden in ihrem regionalen Kontext in Ostasien. Zwar wird in der Fachliteratur oft angenommen, dass die japanische Immigrationspolitik primär durch einen stark ausgeprägten Ethnonationalismus geformt wird. Eine detaillierte Analyse zeigt jedoch, dass sich die japanische Immigrationspolitik im Gegenteil gerade durch eine ideelle Diversität auszeichnet. Der Politikprozess weist zudem eine institutionelle Fragmentierung auf, was zu einer gegenseitigen Blockierung der Politikakteure vor dem Hintergrund ihrer unterschiedlichen ideellen Perspektiven und den damit verbundenen Politikpräferenzen führt. Die Folge dieser ideellen Diversität und institutionellen Fragmentierung ist eine Diskrepanz zwischen offizieller und realer Immigrationspolitik. Das Fehlen einer langfristigen Strategie und proaktiven Ausrichtung der Immigrationspolitik in Japan in den letzten Jahren ist nicht die Folge einer Schwäche des japanischen Staates gegen außen, sondern einer Immobilisierung aufgrund dieser internen Fragmentierung.
Category: Political Science

Japan 2014

Author : David Chiavacci
ISBN : 3862054896
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