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The Saké Handbook by John Gauntner

By John Gauntner

A compact guidebook to Japan's nationwide beverage, The Sake Handbook is the appropriate creation to the background, brewing, and advantages of numerous sake. Gauntner supplies readers the entire info they should turn into sake specialists. Now revised with up to date sake options and pubs, this ebook encompasses a certain rationalization of the sake brewing strategy and profiles of over fifty jap izakaya (sake pubs) in Tokyo. There also are studies of over 100 sake manufacturers, sake labels for simple id and a listing of distinctiveness liquor outlets all through Japan, with addresses and make contact with numbers, the place readers should buy hard-to-find sake manufacturers.

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Aurelia George Mulgan challenges the model in relation to Japan, holding that in the xli Japanese case it breaks down in at least two respects. First, much decisionmaking takes place in internal committees of the LDP. Second, even though politicians have encroached on bureaucratic powers in recent years, Government officials still exercise substantially more power, especially of initiating and preparing legislation, than would be the norm in a Westminster system. She examines the experience of the Koizumi Government and argues that the frustrations faced by its reformist programmes stem essentially from these two competing sources of power.

From the end of the 1970s, cultural theories—and Nakane in particular—faced challenges from various sources. Two sociologists based in Australia, Ross Mouer and Sugimoto Yoshio, argued in a series of publications that much cultural school writing was based on anecdotal evidence rather than on scientific methodology, and that patterns of interaction in Japanese society were far more varied than the narrow viewpoint of Nakane and others would suggest. In particular, they (and others) focused on the relationship between consensus and conflict.

A key to this may be found in Ampiah’s analysis of Japanese policy towards frontline states during the Apartheid years, notably Tanzania, where the extent of Japan’s commitment was much greater than could be justified in terms of economic interest. His conclusion is that Japan was strategically cultivating the frontline states with a view to easing pressure to reduce trade with South Africa. This is consistent with the great concern felt by Japanese authorities about access to key raw materials, of which South Africa happened to be a major supplier.

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