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Dogs and Demons: Tales from the Dark Side of Modern Japan

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The crises--and failures--of modernization in Japan, as seen up close by a resident expert

Japan is a nation in crisis, and the crisis goes far beyond its well-known economic plight. In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the crisis on a broad scale, from the failure of Japan's banks and pension funds to the decline of its once magnificent modern cinema. The book takes up for the first time in the Western press subjects such as the nation's endangered environment--its seashores lined with concrete, its roads leading to nowhere in the mountains. It describes Japan's monument frenzy, the destruction of old cities such as Kyoto and construction of drab new cities, and the attendant collapse of the tourist industry.

All these unhealthy developments are, Kerr argues, the devastating boomerang effect of an educational and bureaucratic system designed to produce manufactured goods--and little else. A mere upturn in economic growth will not quickly remedy these severe internal problems, which Kerr calls a failure of modernism. He assails the foreign experts who, often dependent on Japanese government and business support, fail to address these issues. Meanwhile, what of the Japanese people themselves? Kerr, a resident of Japan for thirty-five years, writes of them with humor and passion, for passion, he says, is part of the story. Millions of Japanese feel as heartbroken at what is going on as I do. My Japanese friends tell me, 'Please write this--for us.'

Synopsis:

Now in paperback comes a surprising assessment of the failures and successes of modern Japan, from the crises of its banks and pension funds to the decline of its once magnificent modern cinema.

Synopsis:

A surprising assessment of the failures and successes of modern Japan.

In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the many facets of Japan's recent, and chronic, crises — from the failure of its banks and pension funds to the decline of its once magnificent modern cinema. He is the first to give a full report on the nation's endangered environment — its seashores lined with concrete, its roads leading to nowhere in the mountains — as well as its "monument frenzy," the destruction of old cities such as Kyoto and construction of drab new ones, and the attendant collapse of its tourist industry. Kerr writes with humor and passion, for "passion," he says, "is part of the story. Millions of Japanese feel as heartbroken at what is going on as I do. My Japanese friends tell me, 'Please write this — for us.'"

About the Author

Alex Kerr, educated at Yale, Oxford, and Keio Universities, is the author of many monographs and articles in both Japanese and English. He now lives in Bangkok.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Author's Note

Prologue

The Land: The Construction State

Environment: Cedar Plantations and Orange Ooze

The Bubble: Looking Back

Information: A Different View of Reality

Bureaucracy: Power and Privilege

Monuments: Airports for Radishes

Old Cities: Kyoto and Tourism

New Cities: Electric Wires and Roof Boxes

Demons: The Philosophy of Monuments

Manga and Massive: The Business of Monuments

National Wealth: Debt, Public and Private

Education: Following the Rules

After School: Flowers and Cinema

Internationalization: Refugees and Expats

To Change or Not to Change: Boiled Frog

Conclusion

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809039432
Author:
Kerr, Alex
Publisher:
Hill & Wang
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Industries
Subject:
International
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Japan History 1945-
Subject:
Japan Economic conditions 1945-
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Pbk
Series Volume:
107-151
Publication Date:
April 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Notes, Index
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.18 x 5.74 x 1.24 in

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"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback comes a surprising assessment of the failures and successes of modern Japan, from the crises of its banks and pension funds to the decline of its once magnificent modern cinema.
"Synopsis" by ,
A surprising assessment of the failures and successes of modern Japan.

In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the many facets of Japan's recent, and chronic, crises — from the failure of its banks and pension funds to the decline of its once magnificent modern cinema. He is the first to give a full report on the nation's endangered environment — its seashores lined with concrete, its roads leading to nowhere in the mountains — as well as its "monument frenzy," the destruction of old cities such as Kyoto and construction of drab new ones, and the attendant collapse of its tourist industry. Kerr writes with humor and passion, for "passion," he says, "is part of the story. Millions of Japanese feel as heartbroken at what is going on as I do. My Japanese friends tell me, 'Please write this — for us.'"

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