Lost Japan

Author: Alex Kerr

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141979755

Category: Travel

Page: 256

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An enchanting and fascinating insight into Japanese landscape, culture, history and future. Originally written in Japanese, this passionate, vividly personal book draws on the author's experiences in Japan over thirty years. Alex Kerr brings to life the ritualized world of Kabuki, retraces his initiation into Tokyo's boardrooms during the heady Bubble Years, and tells the story of the hidden valley that became his home. But the book is not just a love letter. Haunted throughout by nostalgia for the Japan of old, Kerr's book is part paean to that great country and culture, part epitaph in the face of contemporary Japan's environmental and cultural destruction. Winner of Japan's 1994 Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize. Alex Kerr is an American writer, antiques collector and Japanologist. Lost Japan is his most famous work. He was the first foreigner to be awarded the Shincho Gakugei Literature Prize for the best work of non-fiction published in Japan.

Lost Japan

The Photographs of Felice Beato and the School of Yokohama (1860-1890)

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9788891814968

Category:

Page: 160

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An collection of eighty pictures from the Alinari Archives located in Florence, Italy makes up a never-before-published sequence of images including portraits, landscapes, and rituals providing a rare entry into traditional 19th-century Japan. Felice Beato was one of the first Western photographers to enter Japan when the country first opened its borders (1853); he revealed to the Western world a country preserved in time and never seen before. In 1863 he moved to Yokohama and opened a photography school, the School of Yokohama. The photos of the book preserve the original photographic prints, manually coloured black-and-white prints, that truly embody the spirit of that period. Images feature fascinating portraits of women in kimonos, geishas, samurai warriors, and interiors of Japanese homes and gardens as well as scenes of everyday life including tea ceremonies or the theater. Each photo is accompanied by text providing historical, anthropological, and artistic context.

Examining Japan's Lost Decades

Author: Yoichi Funabashi,Barak Kushner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317503368

Category: Social Science

Page: 338

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This book examines five features of Japan’s ‘Lost Decades’: the speed of the economic decline in Japan compared to Japan’s earlier global prowess; a rapidly declining population; considerable political instability and failed reform attempts; shifting balances of power in the region and changing relations with Asian neighbouring nations; and the lingering legacy of World War Two. Addressing the question of why the decades were lost, this book offers 15 new perspectives ranging from economics to ideology and beyond. Investigating problems such as the risk-averse behaviour of Japan’s bureaucracy and the absence of strong political leadership, the authors analyse how the delay of ‘loss-cutting policies’ led to the 1997 financial crisis and a state of political gridlock where policymakers could not decide on firm strategies that would benefit national interests. To discuss the rebuilding of Japan, the authors argue that it is first essential to critically examine Japan’s ‘Lost Decades’ and this book offers a comprehensive overview of Japan’s recent 20 years of crisis. The book reveals that the ‘Lost Decades’ is not an issue unique to the Japanese context but has global relevance, and its study can provide important insights into challenges being faced in other mature economies. With chapters written by some of the world’s leading Japan specialists and chapters focusing on a variety of disciplines, this book will be of interest to students and scholars in the areas of Japan studies, Politics, International Relations, Security Studies, Government Policy and History.

On the narrow road

journey into a lost Japan

Author: Lesley Downer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 280

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Retracing the steps of revered Japanese poet Matsuo Basho's eight-hundred mile journey, the author explores the possibilities of a simpler older way of life still existing in a modernized Japan three hundred years later

Windows on Japan

A Walk Through Place and Perception

Author: Bruce Roscoe

Publisher: Algora Publishing

ISBN: 9780875864938

Category: Travel

Page: 308

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In Windows on Japan, a New Zealander walks across rural Japan and ponders centuries-old perceptions about the country that is still prisoner to an isolationist past. In a deeply insightful commentary, the author surveys cultural, social and political mores, explores the wellspring of racial perception and the problem of the memory of war. Windows on Japan alternates chapters of physical travel with travel through perception about Japan, and challenges the logic of much Western thought about the country that perplexes as much as it pleases. The author walked a route that connects the ports of Niigata and Yokohama and from these windows on the world considers perceptions of people and place. He also assesses the effect of Japan on writers from Jonathan Swift to Oscar Wilde, Shirley MacLaine and Paul Theroux with surprising results. The trading entity that wraps its tentacles around the globe, converses in most languages and understands most customs, is perceptive and urbane and none appears more capable or cosmopolitan. Yet the individuals who inhabit these islands take refuge in their language as a private habitat, resent intrusions, and are captured by a cultural particularism that distances them from others. The author discusses this paradox, as well as environmental and linguistic issues and topics of history and literature. Along the way, he lifts a veil on the life of a snow country geisha, discusses current events with a priest and a reporter, and takes advice on becoming a Japanese. Though he is understood, it is only on return visits to places he has come to love that he wins acceptance. Notes on music delightfully enrich the narrative.

Japan's Lost Decade

Policies for Economic Revival

Author: Tim Callen,Jonathan David Ostry

Publisher: International Monetary Fund

ISBN: 9781589061873

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 271

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For thirteen years excess capacity and debt have weighed down the Japanese economy. This weak economic performance has implications for the world economy as a whole and so the IMF has been involved in a dialogue with the Japanese authorities to identify the policies needed to bring it out of its slump. The papers in this book are part of the process of identifying the causes and proposing solutions. They examine the weakness of the financial sector; corporate restructuring and structural reforms; fiscal policy; monetary and exchange rate policy and the impact of Japanese economic policies on the rest of Asia. The overall conclusion is that although a start has been made on necessary reforms, much still needs to be done

Japan's 'Lost Decade'

Causes, Legacies and Issues of Transformative Change

Author: W. Miles Fletcher III,Peter W. von Staden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317977033

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 158

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Understanding the 'lost decade' of the 1990s is central to explaining Japan today. Following a period of record high growth, the chronic downturn after 1990 raised fundamental questions about the course of the world's third largest economy. This crisis also presented Japan with the opportunity for transformative change. Changes have followed, some of them less than might be expected, and some of them far more sweeping than is generally realized. This volume presents a wide range of international perspectives on post-bubble Japan, exploring the effects of the long downturn on the views of the Japanese business community, management practices, and national policies. To what degree has Japan's traumatic experience prompted basic reforms in terms of legal changes, corporate governance, business strategy, and the longterm national vision for the economy? This book was originally published as a special issue of Asia Pacific Business Review.

Zwischen den Meeren

Author: Sarah Moss

Publisher: mareverlag

ISBN: 3866483287

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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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.

Why the Japanese Lost

The Red Sun's Setting

Author: Bryan Perrett

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1781591989

Category: History

Page: 234

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This book tells the story of a war unlike any other in history, fought between a nation that believed itself to be invincible, even when its strength was being systematically destroyed by the greatest industrial power in the world. ??Prior to the middle of the nineteenth century, the Empire of Japan was content to remain in medieval isolation and, apart from very limited trading concessions, was unwilling to extend her contacts with the western world. This was all to change however, as Japan hurtled forwards into the twentieth century, armed and determined to carve out a new identity characterised by a dominating spirit. Dejected by the Great Depression of the early 1930s, they were a nation grown from moderate to militant.??Following the pivotal and devastating attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, the Japanese Army were emboldened. Hong Kong, Malaya, Singapore, Burma, the Philippines and the Dutch East Indies were all overrun with deceptive ease, leading the army to become dangerously confident in their ability. Subsequently named 'The Victory Disease', the author argues that it was this arrogant complacency that led to the army's ultimate downfall. Each episode of note in the history of the Japanese military forces is relayed, as the author dissects, analyses and endeavours to explain the root causes and pivotal decisions that led to defeat.??As seen in the Ormskirk Champion and Ormskirk & Skelmersdale Advertiser

The Lost Wolves of Japan

Author: Brett L. Walker

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295989939

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 360

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Many Japanese once revered the wolf as Oguchi no Magami, or Large-Mouthed Pure God, but as Japan began its modern transformation wolves lost their otherworldly status and became noxious animals that needed to be killed. By 1905 they had disappeared from the country. In this spirited and absorbing narrative, Brett Walker takes a deep look at the scientific, cultural, and environmental dimensions of wolf extinction in Japan and tracks changing attitudes toward nature through Japan's long history. Grain farmers once worshiped wolves at shrines and left food offerings near their dens, beseeching the elusive canine to protect their crops from the sharp hooves and voracious appetites of wild boars and deer. Talismans and charms adorned with images of wolves protected against fire, disease, and other calamities and brought fertility to agrarian communities and to couples hoping to have children. The Ainu people believed that they were born from the union of a wolflike creature and a goddess. In the eighteenth century, wolves were seen as rabid man-killers in many parts of Japan. Highly ritualized wolf hunts were instigated to cleanse the landscape of what many considered as demons. By the nineteenth century, however, the destruction of wolves had become decidedly unceremonious, as seen on the island of Hokkaido. Through poisoning, hired hunters, and a bounty system, one of the archipelago's largest carnivores was systematically erased. The story of wolf extinction exposes the underside of Japan's modernization. Certain wolf scientists still camp out in Japan to listen for any trace of the elusive canines. The quiet they experience reminds us of the profound silence that awaits all humanity when, as the Japanese priest Kenko taught almost seven centuries ago, we "look on fellow sentient creatures without feeling compassion."

Financial Policy and Central Banking in Japan

Author: Thomas F. Cargill,Michael M. Hutchison,Takatoshi Ito

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262262101

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 206

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This book analyzes how the bank-dominated financial system—a key element of the oft-heralded "Japanese economic model"—broke down in the 1990s and spawned sweeping reforms. Japan's financial institutions and policy underwent remarkable change in the past decade. The country began the 1990s with a heavily regulated financial system managed by an unchallenged Ministry of Finance and ended the decade with a Big Bang financial market reform, a complete restructuring of its regulatory financial institutions, and an independent central bank. These reforms have taken place amid recession and rising unemployment, collapsing asset prices, a looming banking crisis, and the lowest interest rates in the industrial world. This book analyzes how the bank-dominated financial system—a key element of the oft-heralded "Japanese economic model"—broke down in the 1990s and spawned sweeping reforms. It documents the sources of the Japanese economic stagnation of the 1990s, the causes of the financial crisis, the slow and initially limited policy response to banking problems, and the reform program that followed. It also evaluates the new financial structure and reforms at the Bank of Japan in light of the challenges facing the Japanese economy. These challenges range from conducting monetary policy in a zero-interest rate environment characterized by a "liquidity trap" to managing consolidation in the Japanese banking sector against the backdrop of increasing international competition.

Tourism in Japan

An Ethno-Semiotic Analysis

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: Channel View Publications

ISBN: 9781845411893

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 184

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This book deals with tourism, popular culture and everyday life in Japan. It offers some interesting statistics about Japanese life and society, discusses popular kinds of tours in Japan, considers images of Japan found in guidebooks about the country, and discusses the pleasures people get from travel in Japan. The book interprets various aspects of Japanese culture and provides an analysis of popular visitor destinations. It is written in an accessible style and thus will be of interest to tourists considering visiting Japan, Japanophiles, social scientists and humanities scholars with interests in Japan, and students taking courses in tourism, Japanese culture, cultural studies and consumer culture.

Benzyl paraben from Japan

determination of the commission in investigation no. 731-TA-462 (preliminary) under the Tariff Act of 1930, together with the information obtained in the investigation

Author: United States International Trade Commission

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: N.A

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Lost In Japan

Author: Cayi, Gelbo

Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

ISBN: 9792264655

Category: Travel

Page: 256

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"Siapa yang tidak tertarik dengan Jepang? Jepang adalah surga barang-barang elektronik canggih, sekaligus tempat asal ikebana, kimono, sumo, dan Manga, Manhua & Manhwa. Perpaduan unsur-unsur itu, ditambah panorama alamnya yang indah, menjadikan Jepang negara yang sangat menggoda untuk dikunjungi dan diselami. Namun, siapa yang berani pergi ke Jepang kecuali untuk urusan studi atau bisnis? Ya, traveling ke Jepang sering diidentikkan dengan kata mahal! Selain mahal, hal lain yang dirasakan menjadi kendala adalah bahasa, makanan halal, akses beribadah, dan pembuatan visa yang relatif sulit. Benarkah demikian? Buku ini membantah pendapat itu. Lost in Japan adalah panduan lengkap bagi traveler yang ingin menjelajahi Jepang dalam hal menyusun itinerary sesuai lama perjalanan yang diinginkan; meminimalisasi pos-pos pengeluaran seperti akomodasi serta transportasi ke dan di dalam Jepang; menemukan makanan halal dan murah; dan membuat paspor serta visa Jepang. Lost in Japan juga berisi cerita-cerita perjalanan yang seru dan asyik di tujuh kota utama Jepang, tips dan trik mengatur cuti supaya bisa traveling dengan nyaman, kiat tetap beribadah walau sedang traveling, serta kamus kecil bahasa Jepang untuk traveling. Lebih seru lagi, buku ini dilengkapi dengan Manga, Manhua & Manhwa khas Jepang! Jadi makin pengin segera mengepak tasmu dan berangkat ke Jepang, kan? "Jepang adalah negara 'MUST VISIT!' dan buku ini menjadi tidak saja acuan, tapi juga kendaraan bagi siapa saja yang bermimpi mengunjungi Jepang. Keunikan Jepang sangat gamblang dijabarkan, dan tips menikmati keunikan itu menjadi selling point buku ini. Mengunjungi Jepang adalah ke-HARUS-an dalam hidup! Welcome to Japan!" --M. Riza Perdana Kusuma, General Manager Garuda Indonesia Cabang Nagoya Periode 2008-2010 "Apa jadinya jika Gelbo, pecinta traveling yang awam dalam dunia tulis-menulis, traveling dengan Cayi, penulis yang awam dalam dunia traveling? Sebuah buku apik dengan paket yang lengkap. Tak heran informasi di buku ini mendetail sekali, tak hanya tentang cara efisien melakukan perjalanan ke negeri sakura yang diulas sesuai kebutuhan orang Indonesia, tapi juga deskripsi traveling itu sendiri yang benar-benar menarik. Memaknai 'Lost in Japan' ala Cayi dan Gelbo seolah pembaca ikut bertualang serta melebur dalam eksotisme negeri sakura. Highly recommended!" --Andrei Budiman, Penulis Travellous"

Japan's Quiet Transformation

Social Change and Civil Society in 21st Century Japan

Author: Jeff Kingston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134478275

Category: Political Science

Page: 384

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The 1990s have been termed as 'Japan's lost decade' to describe how the phenomenal growth in the Japanese economy ground to a halt and the country was crippled by enormous and ongoing political, economic and social problems. In responding to these unprecedented difficulties, wide-ranging reforms have been adopted including NPO, information disclosure and judicial reform legislation. Controversially, this book argues that such reforms are creating a more robust civil society and demonstrate that Japan is far more dynamic than is generally recognized.

Japan's Security Relations with China since 1989

From Balancing to Bandwagoning?

Author: Reinhard Drifte

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134406665

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

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Japan's Security Relations with China since 1989 raises the crucial question of whether Japan's political leadership which is still preoccupied with finding a new political constellation and with overcoming a deep economic crisis is able to handle such a complex policy in the face of an increasingly assertive China and a US alliance partner with strong swings between engaging and containing China's power. This study of the highly topical bilateral relationship will be of great interest to students and researchers in Japanese and Chinese Studies, Politics, International Relations and Security Studies.