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Early Modern Japan by Conrad Totman

By Conrad Totman

This thoughtfully prepared survey of Japan's early smooth interval (1568-1868) is a impressive combination of political, fiscal, highbrow, literary, and cultural background. the one really finished learn in English of the Tokugawa interval, it additionally introduces a brand new ecological standpoint, masking ordinary mess ups, source use, demographics, and river regulate.

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Four meters above sea level at its highest point, Kawazoe occupies about fourteen square kilometers. It is located in the sixth smallest municipality in the twenty-three wards of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, with a population of some 220,000 and a density of about 16,000 persons per square kilometer (SWG 2006). ” The term kawanote is often used in contrast to yamanote, which signifies the upper western residential areas of Tokyo, instead of the term shitamachi, which has negative connotations.

Meanwhile, I introduce several pieces of literature from Japanese primary sources to this ethnography, since there are numerous rich interdisciplinary discussions on civil society or shimin shakai in the Japanese studies scholarship in the post-World War II era. By referring to the literature, 18 The Failure of Civil Society? I believe that the full relevance of my argument on a new civil society organization—NPO—to the scholarship is solidified. Action Research Before going into the chapter overviews, I need to mention that this project takes Action Research (AR) as a key research stance.

Kyodo News is made up of various member organizations across Japan, including national and local newspapers, television stations, and radio stations, all of which pay membership fees (the amount of which depends on the size of the company and the number of readers). It is operated under a charter of association and is governed by a general assembly of all members, who elect a board of directors to oversee the day-to-day activities of the organization. In Kawazoe, the Senior Citizens’ Manpower Center is one of the major incorporated associations.

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