By Rien T. Segers
Many folks within the West painting Japan as being fastened in its methods, and not able to alter, and hence risking nationwide decline and overseas lack of status. even though, in truth, 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 struggle. This transition interval comes with a mix of occasions and occasions that are tough to interpret either for international in addition to family commentators and choice makers. during this publication more than a few senior specialists from inside of Japan define the various enormous alterations at the moment occurring in quite a lot of fields, together with the economic climate, enterprise and expertise, politics, governance and diplomacy, and quite a lot of social matters - the media, the placement of girls, nationalism and nationwide recognition, and faith. total, the booklet presents a corrective to lost Western and jap perspectives; it goals to redirect stereotyped wondering modern Japan either within in addition to outdoor the rustic. additionally it provides a precis assessment of up to date Japan, its present alterations and difficulties– briefly the interior tale of the second one most powerful nationwide economic climate on the earth that is within the strategy of basic re-engineering and in order to proceed to have a huge effect globally going ahead.
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Change’ is being used here as a vox media, a concept with neutral – neither positive, nor negative – meaning. The dominant connotation – both in Japan and elsewhere – of ‘change’ is in many cases positive, something that should be realized as soon as possible. Here the neutral meaning of the concept is chosen, since not all changes to be undertaken 14 Rien T. Segers in Japan (or elsewhere) are necessarily positive. One example: the dispatch of Self-Defence Forces to Iraq and Afghanistan may have the positive effect of deconstructing Japan’s image of insisting on chequebook diplomacy; but it may also have the horrible effect of Japan’s becoming a top priority on the target lists of international terrorists.
For instance, the health care domain is not represented. Furthermore, in each of the four domains on which the essays in this book focus, it is clear that there are many more changes and problems than the ones dealt with. g. declining birth rate and ageing) are not dealt with. Also the changes and problems concerning Japan’s younger generation could not be addressed. 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).
Through dialogue between these three sectors, based on equal partnership, a more adequate socio-economic system can be constructed. The problem in Japan is that the NPO sector does not have a long history, is still small scale and lacks expertise. This sector is still based on the goodwill of numerous individuals, since its staff are paid extremely low salaries. Currently, however, the perception of NPOs among the Japanese public is changing drastically. The Japanese public realizes that the governmental system has monopolized 20 Rien T.
A New Japan for the Twenty-First Century: An Inside Overview of Current Fundamental Changes (Routledge Contemporary Japan) by Rien T. Segers