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Cartels of the Mind: Japan's Intellectual Closed Shop

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As Washington and Tokyo sort out their new power relationship and roles in post-Cold War Asia, Japan continues to block the access of foreign professionals, both Westerners and Asians alike. These cartels of the mind--market barriers--serve neither the professed goals of Japan nor those of the United States. Despite repeated promises to open up, Japanese legal, media, academic, and research organizations run an intellectual closed shop. American lawyers are stymied in efforts to help U.S. firms enter the Japanese market. Foreign correspondents are systematically walled off from the most important sources. Resident Western and Asian academics--even foreign students--in search of stable and productive careers and education find the roads blocked. Foreign scientists and engineers are kept out of Japan's state-of-the-art laboratories. Japan aspires to a permanent seat on the UN Security Council and a larger political voice, but its grand intellectual parsimony is simply not worthy of a world economic power, argues Ivan Hall. Cartels of the Mind looks deeply into the causes of these cultural and institutional barriers, and examines ineffective past attempts to challenge them.

Synopsis:

An inside look at Japan's use of professional barriers, both institutional and psychological, against the entire outside world.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-198) and index.

About the Author

Ivan Hall has spent nearly three decades in Japan as a correspondent, cultural diplomat, and academic. He was the first associate director of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and spent nine years teaching as a professor in Japanese universities. He lives in Tokyo.

Table of Contents

"Normal country": foreign intellectuals need not apply — Legal landing; the attorneys' narrow beachhead — Segregated scribes; the foreign correspondents — Academic apartheid; the peripheral professoriate — Passing presences: scientific researchers and foreign students — Manipulated dialogue: cowing the critics — Wake-up call: let the daylight in.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393045376
Subtitle:
Japan's Intellectual Closed Shop
Author:
Hall, Ivan P.
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Relations
Subject:
International
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Reference - General
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Foreign countries
Subject:
National characteristics, Japanese
Subject:
Japan Relations Foreign countries.
Subject:
International - General
Subject:
Japan Civilization 1945-
Subject:
Business/Reference
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
His 5
Publication Date:
19971117
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.6 x 5.9 x 1 in 0.85 lb

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Business » International
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History and Social Science » World History » Japan

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