Japan is an icon of the modern world, and yet it remains an enigma
to many, who see it as a confusing montage of the alien and the
familiar, the ancient and modern. The aim of this Very Short
Introduction is to explode the myths and explore the reality of
modern Japan - by taking a concise look at its history, economy,
politics, and culture.
Christopher Goto-Jones is Professor of Modern Japan Studies at the University of Leiden. His publications include Political Philosophy in Japan : Nishida, the Kyoto School, and Co-Prospersity, RoutledgeCurzon (Leiden Series in Modern East Asia), 2005 and Re-Politicising the Kyoto School qua Philosophy RoutledgeCurzon (Leiden Series in Modern East Asia), 2006.
Introduction: What is Modern Japan? 1. Japan's Encounter with the Modern World 2. Overcoming Modernity in Imperial Japan 3. Overcome by the Modern: the US Occupation 4. Japan's Miraculous Modern Economy 5. Towards a Post-Modern Society 6. Normalcy and Japan's Place in the Modern World Further reading