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Author Banno, Junji, 1937-2020, author
坂野潤治, 1937-2020, 文字作者
Title 歴史を繰り返すな. English
Rekishi o Kurikaesuna. English
The Abe experiment and the future of Japan : don't repeat history / by Junju Banno & Jirō Yamaguchi ; translated by Arthur Stockwin
Imprint Folkestone, Kent : Renaissance Books, 2016
book jacket
 人文社會聯圖  DS891 .B3613 2016    AVAILABLE    30600020097136
Edition English edition
Descript xiii, 147 pages ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Renaissance Books Asia Pacific series, 2396-8877 ; volume 1
Renaissance Books Asia Pacific series ; v. 1
Note "Originally published 2014 by Iwanami Shoten, Publishers, Tokyo."--Title page verso
Includes bibliographical references and index
Foreword / by Yamaguchi Jirō-- 1. Should the aim be to prevent constitutional revision? : From a letter written four years ago -- The deep historical roots of anti-Japanese feeling in China -- 'Japan-China friendship' as an ongoing concern -- Do we want to have a pretend war? -- Can we fight for constitutionalism? -- The difference between 'cabinet politics' and 'politics based on the people' -- Should we rely on shifting public opinion? -- 2. Why was post-war pacifism defective? : Why the roots of 'peace' are shallow -- Who did Japan lose to? -- Japan remains outside the world of victorious nations -- 'Peace' in post-war democracy -- Turning point after the Cold War -- 3. Is there a political elite in Japan? : If an anti-system elite holds power -- The present Prime Minister is part of the anti-system elite -- Why does a rational elite not emerge? -- The rationale of breaking through popular consciousness -- 4. Is the Liberal Democratic Party really tough? : One aspect of conservatism : native conservatism -- A second aspect of conservatism : liberal conservatism -- The rallying of pre-war conservative forces -- The light and shade of the LDP pursuit of equality -- Scenario of a two-stage revolution -- Have they mixed up principle and policy? -- Strength and weakness of party adherence -- Is the Abe Government as firm as a rock? -- The possibility of liberalism plus social democracy -- 5. Why can't we tackle reduction in inequalities? : Why is social democracy weak in Japan? -- Differences brought about by war -- The 'age of the new middle class' also existed in the pre-war -- The problem of diversity and poverty has suddenly appeared -- Japan's modern history of samurai, peasants, artisans and merchants -- Why did the Democratic Party line of giving highest priority to welfare fail? -- The Japanese left wing likes small government -- 6. Where should Japan go from here? : How should we regard Abe politics? -- Freedom is dangerous -- A two-party system without social classes won't work -- Directionless Japan -- Japan-China friendship, and international co-operation, once again -- A society in which everybody can lead lives befitting human beings -- Problems of raising an elite that can oppose -- Afterword / by Banno Junji
"With an author's foreword written on the day that the Abe cabinet decided to 'revise the Japanese Constitution by reinterpretation' (Tuesday, 1 July 2014), this timely examination of Japan's post-war history by two leading historians committed to democratic politics is highly instructive and prompts serious reflection by anyone concerned with the future of Japan"-- Dust jacket
Translated from the Japanese
Subject Japan -- Politics and government -- 1989-
Japan -- Social conditions -- 1989-
Japan -- Economic conditions -- 1989-
Japan -- Foreign relations
Alt Author Yamaguchi, Jirō 1958- author
Stockwin, J. A. A. (James Arthur Ainscow), translator
Alt Title Future of Japan : don't repeat history
Abe experiment & the future of Japan
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