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Off Topic- NonFiction book on Japan [message #355489] Thu, 23 November 2017 13:08
Originally posted by: Bobbie Sellers

Hi typers and readers,

    Followups set to rec.arts.anime.misc

    Well Japan is sort of opaque to Westerners but here is a book
that explains a lot of things.

"Japan and the Shackles of the Past" by R.Taggart Murphy

 Part One. The Forging of the Shackles

    There is a short part of the book with 1. dealing with the time
before the Edo period, 2. The subsequent Edo period,
3. "Restoration" (of Imperial Rule) to the Occupation,
4. the(economic) Miracle,
5. the Institutions of High Speed Growth,
and 6. the Consequences

Part Two. The Shackles Trap Today's Japan
    Another 5 separate chapters explaining the
problems caused by the Shackles in various
areas of economics and politics with various

    The Shackles start with the ancient Imperial bureaucracy
amplified by the Shogunates and the Tokugawa Shogunate.
the new bureaucracy under the Meji oligarchs, which carried
forward to be used by the Occupation. Then we have the
measures taken to  help economic growth and how
they helped but also how they are not adaptable to
modern conditions.
    How the elite political families manage to stay in
power from generation to generation.

    A lot of the book seems like lists of politicians who
ran Japan at various times and how they fail to understand
modern democracy and are principally concerned with
attaining power and wealth.
    The author believes that Japan may need a new
constitution and it needs to be independent of the
USA which treats Japan as a vassal state.

    Hope some of you find this an interesting read
I got my copy at the SFPL-Main but it is from Oxford
University Press at $29.95

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