Japan – A Country Study

This volume is one in a continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. It describes and analyzes the political, economic, social, and national security systems and institutions, and examines the interrelationships of those systems and the ways they are shaped by cultural factors. The study is written by a multidisciplinary team of social scientists. The authors seek to provide a basic understanding of the observed society, striving for a dynamic rather than a static portrayal. Particular attention is devoted to the people who make up the society, their origins, dominant beliefs and values, their common interests and the issues on which they are divided, the nature and extent of their involvement with national institutions, and their attitudes toward each other and toward their social system and political order.

Chapter topics include:
Chapter 1. Historical Setting
Chapter 2. The Society and Its Environment
Chapter 3. Education and the Arts
Chapter 4. The Character and Structure of the Economy
Chapter 5. International Economic Relations
Chapter 6. The Political System
Chapter 7. Foreign Relations
Chapter 8. National Security

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