By J. A. A. Stockwin
The politics of Japan are much less broadly said than its economics. most folk are conscious of the commercial 'miracle' following the second one international struggle, wherein Japan grew to become the second one greatest economic system on the earth after the us, and the commercial stagnation of the early Nineties is usually renowned. however it is tough to make experience of those phenomena and not using a wisdom of the political approach and the ways that it really works in perform. Containing an introductory essay, an essay on theories of eastern politics and over 250 A-Z entries, the Dictionary of the trendy Politics of Japan treatments this imbalance, and solutions the necessity for an available paintings of reference bringing jointly info and authoritative research on all facets of the politics of Japan and the japanese political system.
Including an absolutely annotated bibliography to lead the person to extra analyzing, the entries are completely cross-referenced and listed, and are supplemented with maps and tables, to make sure that the Dictionary of the trendy Politics of Japan is vital interpreting for all students and scholars of the politics and diplomacy of Japan.
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