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Japan Enters the 21st Century

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Vol. 21, No. 2 (1994)

This special issue of Social Justice begins a dialogue with our Japanese counterparts and other scholars interested in this dynamic part of the world. Interest in and understanding of Japan among Western thinkers has failed to keep pace with its importance not only in today's world, but also for the coming century, when Japan, China, and Asia generally will take on an increasingly central role in world affairs. This collection of articles broaches issues of great importance from the perspective of world power and from the standpoint of human rights, gender and ethic relations, quality of life, and the sense of personal security in the everyday lives of the Japanese people. Contributors address Japan's prospects for the 21st century given changing international conditions and the internal social pressures corresponding to post-Cold War political realities and the sustained recession in the previously buoyant Japanese economy. Among these strains are the collapse of the political system that was centered, since 1955, around the Liberal Democratic Party; the challenge to the policy of lifelong employment for the core male work force; the increase in illegal immigration, with Japan's wealth serving as a magnet for other nationals seeking living wages; and the possibility for increased delinquency, deviance, and protest among the younger generation. Most of these articles are available for the first time to English-language readers. We believe this issue is a timely offering that provides the reader with a critical appraisal of Japanese social realities and serves as a useful antidote to the one-sided, conflictual approach taken by successive administrations in Washington.

ISSN: 1043-1578. Published quarterly by Social Justice, P.O. Box 40601, San Francisco, CA 94140.

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Gregory Shank (ed.)

Japan Enters the 21st Century: An Editorial Overview

Gregory Shank

Japan-U.S. Relations Toward the 21st Century

Gregory Shank

Japan-U.S. Trade War?

Gregory Shank

Japanese Accumulation Structure and the Postwar World System

Sato Ikeda

The Fall of the 1955 System in Japanese Politics and the Current Crisis in Hegemony

Momo Iida

Economic Internationalization: The New Migration in Japan and the United States

Saskia Sassen

The Political Process in Singapore's New Industrialization

H.A. Yun

Is Japan Exceptional? Reconsidering Japanese Crime Rates

Tetsuya Fujimoto and Won-Kyu Park

The Reality of Equality for Japanese Female Workers: Women's Careers within the Japanese Style of Management

Kyoko Kodera

On Women's Centers in Japan

Miho Omi, Forum Yokohama

The Making of Prostitutes in Japan: The Karayuki-san

Bill Mihalopoulos

Youth Culture in Japan

Ken'ichi Kawasaki

The Creation of 'Strangers' and Punishment in Japan

Lill Scherdin

Summary of the Japan Federation of Bar Association's Report on the Application and Practice in Japan of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Masaki Nibe