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JapanThe Precarious Future$
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Anne Allison

Print publication date: 1953

Print ISBN-13: 9781479889389

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.001.0001

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Introduction: Japan’s Possible Futures

Introduction: Japan’s Possible Futures

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(p.1) Introduction: Japan’s Possible Futures
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Japan
Author(s):

Frank Baldwin

Anne Allison

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479889389.003.0001

The earthquake, tidal wave, and nuclear meltdown in 2011 brought enormous loss of life and destruction to a Japan already grappling with recession, demographic dilemmas, and challenges from China. Could the country rally, recover economic vitality, and face the future confidently or was the natural disaster the tipping point to national decline? Although there is no consensus among the authors in this volume--guarded pessimism vies with tentative optimism—they all see Japan’s future as precarious.

Keywords:   earthquake, precarity, demographic transformation, gender equality, nuclear policy, Abenomics, science, China, constitution

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