ICAS Event: Book Talk - Jeff Kingston on "Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change Since the 1980s"

Thursday, September 16, 2010
7:00 p.m. (Talk will start at 7:30 p.m.)
TUJ Azabu Hall 206/207 (Access)
Jeff Kingston
Robert Dujarric, Director, ICAS
Free. Open to general public.
Please RSVP to icas@tuj.ac.jp


Dr. Jeff Kingston, Professor at Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) and Director of Asian Studies at TUJ will give a book talk, followed by a discussion with the audience on his new book Contemporary Japan: History, Politics and Social Change Since the 1980s. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

About the Book

Japan is entering the third decade of the Lost Decade, a period of sustained economic stagnation and social turmoil. One of the central themes is the rise of risk since the early 1990s, evident in negative net equity in housing, an expanding precariat, and a rising misery index of divorce, domestic violence, child abuse, suicide, declining household income and growing disparities. These developments have exposed the flaws of the Japan, Inc. system and undermined reassuring myths about family, employer paternalism and the middle class. Kingston further probes how society is coping with the demographic time bomb and why immigration is not an appealing solution. Having just marked the centennial of colonial rule in Korea, Japan remains divided over war memory and reconciliation. There is a similar divide over security policy. Amidst this upheaval, the political world and traditional institutions such as the Imperial household and the yakuza are in flux.

About ICAS
The Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS) is an organization dedicated to fostering study and research on various topics related to contemporary Japan and Asia.

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