Japan's Quiet Transformation: Social Change and Civil by Jeff Kingston

By Jeff Kingston

The Nineties were termed as 'Japan's misplaced decade' to explain how the outstanding development within the jap financial system flooring to a halt and the rustic was once crippled by means of huge, immense and ongoing political, monetary and social difficulties. In responding to those unparalleled problems, wide-ranging reforms were followed together with NPO, info disclosure and judicial reform laws. Controversially, this publication argues that such reforms are making a extra strong civil society and show that Japan is way extra dynamic than is mostly famous.

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A stunned nation learned that the accident occurred while workers were transferring enriched uranium in stainless steel buckets, mixing the uranium by hand and then pouring it into a holding tank. The use of such primitive techniques in a nation that takes justifiable pride in its advanced technology was shocking and revealed troubling flaws in the high-tech safety procedures lauded by nuclear industry proponents. The workers made a serious error in the quantities of the solution they mixed and, in order to save time and money, they failed to use sophisticated processing equipment whose automatic controls were designed to prevent such an accident.

These various legal and administrative changes are enabling people to have an enormous impact on shaping outcomes in ways that more closely reflect popular aspirations and expectations. ’ Although this remains an elusive goal, since that time Japan has become a vastly improved place to live, work, eat, relax, exercise, shop, and raise a family.

In an era of intensified global competition, businesspeople are keen to learn the strategies and technologies that spell success. It is not lost on Japanese leaders that, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Japan’s overall productivity ranks alongside Spain. Given the Japanese attachment to the work ethic, it is unsettling that a nation associated more with siestas somehow manages to hold its own. The influx of foreign businesses is one of many factors contributing to the rapid spread of information technology in business.

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