Author(s): Christopher Goto-Jones
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.
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. Normalc