In Japan, as elsewhere in East Asia where the developmental state′ has played a key political and economic role, civil society has been the product of, not the precondition to, the development of capitalist society and the modern state. Neary explores the formation of the modern Japanese state and shows that, though it established the foundations of industrial growth, it left little or no room for the formation of groups that make up civil society elsewhere. The book then focuses on the political parties of both left and right, characteristics of the electoral systems and the political and bureaucratic structures at national and local levels. Individual chapters on foreign and defence policy, industrial policy, welfare provision and human rights consider the interaction between state and non–state actors in specific policy contexts.
Assuming no prior knowledge of Japan or politics, this textbook will be essential reading for students of political science and international relations as well as anyone seeking an introduction to government in Japan today
Glossary of Abbreviations and Japanese Terms.
List of Names.
Map 1: East Asia.
Map 2: Japan.
Part I History.
1 Restoration and Reform in Meiji Japan.
2 Political History 1905–1945.
3 Post–war Recreation of the Japanese State – occupation and aftermath.
Part II Parties.
4 Conservatives and Their Allies.
5 Socialists and Their Allies.
6 Party Politics 1992–2000 – towards a new system.
Part III Structures.
7 Bureaucratic Structures and Their Reform.
9 Local Government.
Part IV Policies.
10 Foreign and Defence Policy.
11 Industrial Policy.
12 Social Welfare Policies.
13 Human Rights in Japan.
"This is a well–written and useful book that brings readers up to date with the quickly evolving Japanest political process." International Relations Theory
"This book can serve as a guide for anyone interested in understanding Japan′s political history, basic structure and policies" Asian Affairs
"Overall, Neary′s book is a solid and accessible updating of politics in japan. It has assembled a great deal of useful detail and some particularly helpful tables and charts. Its attention to the historical background and four case studies of policy making are its strengths ... it can be recommended for introductory and undergraduated courses on Japanese politics" Australian Journal of Political Science
"A comprehensive guide to the state and politics in Japan at the beginning of the 21st century." International Review of Administrative Sciences