LIFESTYLE - Review
11:00 - 11th October 2015, by Amanda Young

Modern Japan

From regular NEO contributor Jonathan Clements comes Modern Japan, a concise 130 page book with a hefty ambition – to cram in Japanese history from the end of World War II to the present day, describing the country as the Japanese themselves see it.

If there was anyone who could take on such a challenging remit, it has to be Clements – and he more than lives up to expectations, cutting clearly through the swathes of information available to bring the salient facts to light. This is a whistle-stop tour of Japanese culture, with particular focus on the aftermath of WWII, Japan’s struggling economy following it, the impact of the rise of oil prices in the ‘70s and the bubble economy. Clements then moves onto the ‘90s, and Japan’s present day struggles with slowing birth rates and an aging nation. If that wasn’t enough, there’s even an introduction which covers Japan pre-WWII, after it was forced to open its borders for trade.

Without doubt, essential reading for the Japanophile. Compact and concise.
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