Japan Through the Looking Glass

Japan Through the Looking Glass

Clear-sighted, persistent, affectionate, unsentimental and honest - Alan Macfarlane shows us Japan as it has never been seen before.

Author: Alan MacFarlane

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 9781847650580

Category: Travel

Page: 326

View: 855

This entertaining and endlessly surprising book takes us on an exploration into every aspect of Japanese society from the most public to the most intimate. A series of meticulous investigations gradually uncovers the multi-faceted nature of a country and people who are even more extraordinary than they seem. Our journey encompasses religion, ritual, martial arts, manners, eating, drinking, hot baths, geishas, family, home, singing, wrestling, dancing, performing, clans, education, aspiration, sexes, generations, race, crime, gangs, terror, war, kindness, cruelty, money, art, imperialism, emperor, countryside, city, politics, government, law and a language that varies according to whom you are speaking. Clear-sighted, persistent, affectionate, unsentimental and honest - Alan Macfarlane shows us Japan as it has never been seen before.
Categories: Travel

North Korea through the Looking Glass

North Korea through the Looking Glass

No one else is supposed to poke his nose into this issue . " 33 In October 1997 Japan donated $ 27 million in rice aid , and the following month the North Korean authorities finally permitted a select group of fifteen women to visit ...

Author: Kongdan Oh

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815798202

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

View: 911

Fifty-five years after its founding at the dawn of the cold war, North Korea remains a land of illusions. Isolated and anachronistic, the country and its culture seem to be dominated exclusively by the official ideology of Juche, which emphasizes national self-reliance, independence, and worship of the supreme leader, General Kim Jong Il. Yet this socialist utopian ideal is pursued with the calculations of international power politics. Kim has transformed North Korea into a militarized state, whose nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles, and continued threat to South Korea have raised alarm worldwide. This paradoxical combination of cultural isolation and military-first policy has left the North Korean people woefully deprived of the opportunity to advance socially and politically. The socialist economy, guided by political principles and bereft of international support, has collapsed. Thousands, perhaps millions, have died of starvation. Foreign trade has declined and the country's gross domestic product has recorded negative growth every year for a decade. Yet rather than initiate the sort of market reforms that were implemented by other communist governments, North Korean leaders have reverted to the economic policies of the 1950s: mass mobilization, concentration on heavy industry, and increased ideological indoctrination. Although members of the political elite in Pyongyang are acutely aware of their nation's domestic and foreign problems, they are plagued by fear and policy paralysis. North Korea Through the Looking Glass sheds new light on this remote and peculiar country. Drawing on more than ten years of research—including interviews with two dozen North Koreans who made the painful decision to defect from their homeland—Kongdan Oh and Ralph C. Hassig explore what the leadership and the masses believe about their current predicament. Through dual themes of persistence and illusion, they explore North Korea's stubborn adherence to policies that have failed to serve the welfare of the people and, consequently, threaten the future of the regime. Featuring twenty-nine rare and candid photos taken from within the closely guarded country, North Korea Through the Looking Glass illuminates the human society of a country too often mischaracterized for its drab uniformity—not a "state," but a community of twenty million individuals who have, through no fault of their own, fallen on exceedingly hard times.
Categories: Political Science

Childhood through the Looking Glass

Childhood through the Looking Glass

since the post-war years in Japan has been defined as nearly inexistent, or better as absent. The father has been and is a figure enclosed in the company and removed from the family decisions and even sometimes shared residency of his ...

Author: Vibha Sharma

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9781848885295

Category: Social Science


View: 196

Categories: Social Science

Smart Technologies and the End s of Law

Smart Technologies and the End s  of Law

Cf. Macfarlane, Japan through the Looking Glass at 76. Thompson, Between Ourselves: Second-Person Issues in the Study of Consciousness, which includes a chapter by Yoko Arisaka, 'The Ontological Co-Emergence of “Self and Other” in ...

Author: Mireille Hildebrandt

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9781849808774

Category: Law

Page: 304

View: 768

This timely book tells the story of the smart technologies that reconstruct our world, by provoking their most salient functionality: the prediction and preemption of our day-to-day activities, preferences, health and credit risks, criminal intent and
Categories: Law

Uniting Regions and Nations through the Looking Glass of Literature

Uniting Regions and Nations through the Looking Glass of Literature

Japan”. in. the. Ninth. Century. Okura and his colleagues brought back many books from China, and we see traces of ... Such cultural excursions from Japan were repeated at intervals for some time, and the books which were brought back ...

Author: Karoline Szatek-Tudor

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443879491

Category: Social Science

Page: 172

View: 234

This volume of essays emphasizes the common theme that bodies of water may segregate, but, ironically, also unite nations and their readers through the literature that authors from various countries produce. It reveals the importance of valuing literature that, over time, has travelled down bubbling streams, across lakes, along ocean waves, and white-water rivers because fiction, drama, and poetry know neither actual nor artificial boundaries, and, therefore, they cross-fertilize, and even transform, beliefs, practices, and roles across cultures. Topics examined here range from South Africa’s on-going crises that, in part, mirror those of Somalia and Mozambique to poetry that has been reinvented as a literature in movement and to philosopher Henri Bergson’s influence on other philosophers, as well as Nikos Kazantzakis, author of Zorba the Greek. The scholars contributing to this collection hail from across the globe, allowing the work to add to conversations on regional and international literary study, with special emphasis on writings from such places as Japan, Luxembourg, the Caribbean, the United States, Hungary, South Africa, Greece, and Turkey.
Categories: Social Science

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

Indeed, The Illustrated London News had started earlier than most by using photographs from Felice, or Felix, Beato who was one of the pioneers of photography in China and had accompanied Elgin to Beijing. Beato was the most important ...

Author: Paul French

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

ISBN: 9789622099821

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

View: 919

The convulsive history of foreign journalists in China starts with newspapers printed in the European factories of Canton in the 1820s. It also starts with a duel between two editors over the future of China and ends with a fistfight in Shanghai over therevolution. This book tells the story of China's foreign journalists.
Categories: Social Science

Bending Adversity

Bending Adversity

Japan and the Art of Survival David Pilling. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. ... In another moment of stress, a young kamikaze pilot, foreshadowing Japan's defeat in war, ... Alan Macfarlane, Japan Through the Looking Glass, p. 197.

Author: David Pilling

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9781846145476

Category: History

Page: 432

View: 573

A pacy, fresh and surprising portrait of Japan and the Japanese - from David Pilling, award-winning writer and Asia Editor of the Financial Times Despite years of stagnation, Japan remains one of the world's largest economies and a country which exerts a remarkable cultural fascination. David Pilling's new book is an entertaining, deeply knowledgeable and surprising analysis of a group of islands which have shown great resilience, both in the face of financial distress and when confronted with the overwhelming disaster of the 2011 earthquake. The resulting tsunami, which killed some 19,000 people, and nuclear catastrophe highlighted both the deeply impressive practical resilience of ordinary Japanese and a political culture of extraordinary carelessness and arrogance. Pilling describes the emergency and its aftermath, but then writes far more broadly about many aspects of Japan which are little known to outsiders and which do so much to explain these contradictory responses to the earthquake. Bending Adversity is a superb work of reportage and the essential book even for those who already feel they know the country well.
Categories: History

Democratization Through the Looking glass

Democratization Through the Looking glass

influence local developmental issues through the democratic process - to win a new train link with Tokyo, ... of powerful interest groups at the end of the Second World War -through, first, defeat and then the US occupation in Japan, ...

Author: Peter Burnell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351522786

Category: Political Science

Page: 293

View: 691

In Democratization through the Looking-Glass, Peter Burnell provides a revealing image of how our knowledge and understanding of democratization could be improved by viewing the topic through a more multi- disciplinary lens and from the perspective of more broadly based comparative analyses. Burnell and his contributors encourage readers to both "look and think outside of the box," beyond the limited parameters that usually shape the study of democratization. The goal of Democratization through the Looking-Glass is to pursue a more comprehensive understanding of democratization as a process taking many forms rather than just as a political phenomenon. With a viewpoint from a wider multi-disciplinary stance, and broader global geopolitical knowledge base, the contributors hope to get readers to better recognize and address gaps in the political science literature on the subject of democratization. The contributors seek to do this by specifically: explaining what democratization is while also making sense of the wide variety of experiences undergone by different societies at different times going through this very process; anticipating the wider effects of democratization's consequences for all human conditions at all levels; and critically assessing strategies for extending and deepening democracy by improving its positive qualities and chances of being sustained in societies into which it is introduced. This volume takes readers in the direction of predicting and foretelling the future of democracy and democratization with greater accuracy. In all, Democratization through the Looking-Glass provides a wide-ranging review of themes, issues, and topics concisely written by leading experts in their fields while advancing its case for more inclusive comparative studies covering Europe and North America, as well as developing regions, showing precisely how multi-disciplinary approaches enhance a global vision and understanding of democratization.
Categories: Political Science

SCP Foundation Iris Through the Looking Glass Light Novel

SCP Foundation  Iris Through the Looking Glass  Light Novel

I simply couldn't believe someone else's findings, so I went all the way to Japan to check a few things personally.” Oh, so that was why Dr. Bright was gone for so long. They were actually conducting a legit investigation.

Author: Akira

Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment

ISBN: 9781645055839

Category: Young Adult Fiction


View: 540

An ordinary boy encounters the paranormal when a photo of the same girl starts inexplicably showing up in every book he opens. One day, the girl reaches out and pulls him into the photo to her location: a cell in a top-secret facility belonging to the SCP Foundation, an organization dedicated to the research and containment of people, objects and phenomena that defy reality! Even worse: they've deemed him a threat to be contained, and he's going to have to work with them if he ever wants to see the outside world again!
Categories: Young Adult Fiction

Economics Through the Looking Glass

Economics Through the Looking Glass

Ranged against them were the big bureaucratic trading corporations of Japan, sponsored by the all-powerful Ministry of Trade and Industry. What became of the valiant band of British hedgehogs which sallied forth (under the banner SMALL ...

Author: R.A. Rayman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429815522

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 346

View: 109

Published in 1998. In spite of spectacular improvements in market flexibility, the characteristics of the past twenty years are slow growth and high unemployment. Economics Through the Looking-Glass exposes the theoretical fallacy at the heart of the New Economic Orthodoxy. The fallacy lies in treating the economy as a "single-gear" machine guaranteed to operate at its full employment potential as long as it benefits from the lubricant of perfectly flexible markets (in a Walrasian Utopia of continuous market-clearing equilibrium). Unemployment is thereby reduced to a structural problem of market imperfection. As a cure for unemployment, market flexibility is presumed to be adequate; as a cure for inflation, monetary restriction is presumed to be safe. The flaw in Orthodox logic is exposed by a demonstration that a monetary economy operates as a 'multi-gear' machine. Unless it is in 'top-gear', market flexibility (even of Utopian perfection) is not sufficient for full employment. 'Single-gear' Economic Orthodoxy is shown to have developed, not as a science, but as a religion beginning with Adam Smith's revelation of the Law of Competition. A Looking-Glass journey backwards in time from Adam Smith uncovers his suppression of the Law of Circulation and exposes the dangerous delusion of Orthodox economic policy. As a weapon against unemployment, market flexibility is inadequate; as a weapon against inflation, monetary restriction is unsafe. The 'multi-gear' alternative heralds the final stage of economic liberalisation: deregulation of the market for money. The rescue of interest rates from political or central bank interference and the control of inflation by a mechanism triggered by market forces would put an end to the Orthodox policy of maintaining unemployment above its natural market rate by misguided monetary intervention.
Categories: Business & Economics