This is a welcome new edition of this bestselling textbook. It provides a clear, accessible and readable introduction to Japanese society which does not require any previous knowledge of the country. Fully updated, revised and expanded, the 3rd edition contains new material on: the effects of the Asian crisis and recession in Japan; the emergence of the millennial cults such as the Aum Shinrikyo; major advances in sport and leisure such as the 2002 World Cup and the amazing global cultural success of Pokemon and Japanese animation and computer games; the tumultuous changes of the Japanese ruling elite; the Ainu and other Japanese minorities; and debates about the future of the Japanese constitution and the resurgence of nationalism and militarism.
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