This work aims to reveal the key dimensions of Japanese globalization by analyzing both its inward and outward manifestations. Organized in three parts, it examines the meanings and implications of the study of Japan's globalization in the context of on-going debates about globalization in general. The book demonstrates how, despite the passing of the "Japanese model", Japan can still provide significant insights into the meaning of this phenomenon. The first part of the book examines globalization in politics and international relations: Japan's particular position in globalization; its recent role in the East Asian political economy; and the relative identities of Japan and Europe. Part two looks at the economy and business at the heart of Japanese globalization: Japan's globalization in Asia as part of oriental capitalism; its recent financial reforms; the US globalization in Japan; Japan's impact on Germany and the meaning of "Japanization" and "globalization".
The third part of the book assesses the social issues in Japan in the context of globalization, highlighting the positive political impact of globalization seen in the way externally generated pressures have brought into focus "universal" values, such as citizenship, human rights and democracy. Providing a clear analysis of the political economy of Japanese globalization in one volume, this study should be a useful resource for postgraduates and researchers in Japanese studies, Asian studies, international relations, international political economy, as well as for all those dealing with Japan professionally.
Glenn D Hook is Chair of Japanese Studies, and Director of the Graduate School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield; his many publications include co-editing The Internationalisation of Japan, Japanese Business Management and Militarization and Demilitarisation in Contemporary Japan. Hasegawa Harukiyo is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, and Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies, University of Sheffield. He is the author of Japanese Business Management and The Steel Industry in Japan: A Comparison with Britain
Release date NZ
April 26th, 2001
Edited by Glenn D. Hook
Edited by Harukiyo Hasegawa