Importing Diversity: Inside Japan's JET Program by David L. McConnell

By David L. McConnell

In 1987, the japanese govt inaugurated the Japan alternate and educating (JET) application in accordance with international strain to "internationalize" its society. This formidable software has grown to be a tremendous govt operation, with an annual finances of $400 million (greater than the USA NEA and NEH mixed) and greater than six thousand international nationals hired every year in public faculties everywhere Japan.
How does a comparatively homogeneous and insular society react while a buzzword is without notice became a truth? How did the arriving of such a lot of foreigners impact Japan's academic paperwork? How did the foreigners themselves consider upon getting to know that English instructing was once now not the first aim of this system? during this balanced examine of the JET software, David L. McConnell attracts on ten years of ethnographic study to discover the cultural and political dynamics of internationalization in Japan. via vignettes and firsthand debts, he highlights and translates the misunderstandings of the early years of this system, lines the tradition clashes in any respect degrees of the forms, and speculates on what classes the JET application holds for different multicultural initiatives.
This attention-grabbing book's jargon-free type and interdisciplinary procedure will make it attractive to educators, coverage analysts, scholars of Japan, and potential and previous JET contributors.

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Geschäftserfolge in Japan: Wie deutsche Unternehmen die by Prof. Dr. rer. oec. Max Eli Diplom-Kaufmann,

By Prof. Dr. rer. oec. Max Eli Diplom-Kaufmann, Diplom-Handelslehrer (auth.)

Prof. Dr. rer. oec. Max Eli ist Wirtschaftskorrespondent in Japan für die Bundesstelle für Außenhandelsinformation, Köln. Er ist Leiter des volkswirtschaftlichen Referats der Allianz Versicherungs-AG, München, Professor für Internationales advertising and marketing an der Dresden college of technologies, geschäftsführender Direktor der Niederlassung Dresden des ifo Instituts für Wirtschaftsforschung.

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Yokohama Yankee: My Family's Five Generations as Outsiders by Leslie Helm

By Leslie Helm

"A wonderful, unsettling kinfolk tale and a bright traversal of contemporary jap heritage that would galvanize the jaded Japan pupil and encourage the curious basic reader or memoir fan." — Library Journal

Helm was once the Tokyo correspondent for the l. a. occasions whilst he discovered that almost all of the articles he had written have been "critical of Japan in a few way." This used to be striking contemplating Helm used to be born in Japan and is a component eastern himself. during this lovingly researched memoir, he sifts via 5 generations of Helms dwelling in Japan...history buffs will enjoy Helm's painstaking element and ambitious command of the cloth. — Publishers Weekly

"Yokohama Yankee is a wonderful and eloquent paintings of family members historical past. What makes it extra impressive is that this family's background additionally sheds gentle at the political, financial, cultural, and racial interactions and tensions among Japan and the USA for greater than a century and a part, correct as much as the current day. it is a humane and insightful booklet that would be learn decades from now." — James Fallows, nationwide correspondent for The Atlantic and writer of China Airborne

“Like a sword cleaving a bittersweet fruit, Leslie Helm’s saga of his mixed-blood kinfolk in Japan cuts to the inescapable isolation of being white in a rustic the place blood nonetheless skill a lot. Yokohama Yankee is a painfully intimate tale that spans greater than a century and brings the wrenching background of recent Japan right into a concentration that's either razor sharp and deeply human.” — Blaine Harden, writer of get away from Camp 14 and previous Tokyo bureau leader of The Washington Post

“Leslie Helm has written a full of life and interesting account of his impressive kin heritage and its intertwining with Japan ... it's a hot and human tale that might attraction its readers.” — Kenneth B. Pyle, Henry M. Jackson professor of Asian background and Asian reviews, college of Washington, and recipient of Japan’s Order of the emerging Sun

“One of the best correspondents to have said on Japan, Leslie Helm tells the riveting, occasionally painful tale of his multinational, biracial service provider relatives. residing in Yokohama for generations in battle and peace, the Helms are on the center of Japan's lengthy sleek heritage with out ever truly changing into ‘Japanese.’” — Sheldon Garon, Nissan professor of jap background at Princeton University

"Helm mines the various treasures of his family's earlier, and the multicultural futures of his followed, jap teenagers, to enquire the mysteries of id which are locked away inside of we all. The relatives fortune disappears, and family scatter within the winds of struggle and reconstruction. yet this attractive tale continues to be, approximately an erudite guy attempting to make experience of the area, of the prior, and of himself." — Alex Beam, Boston Globe columnist

“[A] brilliant paintings packed with pathos, perception and humanity.” — Fred G. Notehelfer, emeritus professor of jap heritage at UCLA and writer of Japan via American Eyes: The magazine of Francis corridor, 1859-1866

Leslie Helm's selection to undertake eastern youngsters launches him on a private trip via his family's one hundred forty years in Japan, starting together with his great-grandfather, who labored as an army consultant in 1870 and defied customized to marry his jap mistress. The family's poignant reports of affection and warfare aid Helm conquer his cynicism and include his eastern and American heritage.

This is the 1st booklet to examine Japan throughout 5 generations, with point of view that's either from the interior and during overseas eyes. Helm attracts on his great-grandfather's unpublished memoir and a wealth of fundamental resource fabric to convey his family members heritage to lifestyles.

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An emerging China in a world of interdependence : a report by Yoichi Funabashi, Michel Oksengerg, Heinrich Weiss, Michel

By Yoichi Funabashi, Michel Oksengerg, Heinrich Weiss, Michel Oksenberg, Trilateral Commission

The demonstrated international order is challenged by means of the possibility of a speedily emerging China. This ebook charts a direction for the trilateral nations (Japan, North the United States and Western Europe) in facing China. It considers China's upward thrust extra a chance than a danger, and recommends a variety of monetary, strategic, and political activities that will facilitate China's involvement on the planet neighborhood. while, it recommends that exceptions be stored sensible. The priorities suggested are within the protection and fiscal domain names and in helping improvement of associations contributing to China's powerful and strong governance.

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Gai-Jin by James Clavell

By James Clavell


The inheritor to the outstanding English buying and selling corporation, the Noble House…the direct descendant of the 1st Toranaga Shogun fighting to usher his kingdom into the modern age…a appealing younger French girl without end torn among ambition and desireTheir lives intertwine in an unique land newly open to foreigners, gai-jin, torn aside via greed, idealism, and terrorism. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans and spies. Their fates collide in James Clavell’s most recent masterpiece set in nineteenth-century Japan—an unforgettable epic seething with betrayal and secrets and techniques, brutality and heroism, love and forbidden passions.…

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The Saké Handbook by John Gauntner

By John Gauntner

A compact guidebook to Japan's nationwide beverage, The Sake Handbook is the proper advent to the heritage, brewing, and benefits of various sake. Gauntner supplies readers the entire details they should turn into sake specialists. Now revised with up to date sake innovations and pubs, this booklet incorporates a specific clarification of the sake brewing method and profiles of over fifty eastern izakaya (sake pubs) in Tokyo. There also are studies of over 100 sake manufacturers, sake labels for simple identity and an inventory of forte liquor outlets all through Japan, with addresses and make contact with numbers, the place readers should purchase hard-to-find sake manufacturers.

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Buddhas and Kami in Japan: Honji Suijaku as a Combinatory by Mark Teeuwen, Fabio Rambelli

By Mark Teeuwen, Fabio Rambelli

This quantity deals a multidisciplinary method of the combinatory culture that ruled premodern and early sleek jap faith, referred to as honji suijaku (originals and their traces). It questions obtained, simplified money owed of the interactions among Shinto and jap Buddhism, and offers a extra dynamic and variegated non secular international, one within which the deities' Buddhist originals and native lines didn't represent one-to-one institutions, yet advanced combos of a number of deities in accordance with semiotic operations, doctrines, myths, and legends. The book's essays, all in response to particular case reports, talk about the honji suijaku paradigm from a couple of diversified views, constantly integrating old and doctrinal research with interpretive insights.

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So Lovely a Country Will Never Perish: Wartime Diaries of by Donald Keene

By Donald Keene

The assault on Pearl Harbor, which triggered the higher East Asia battle and its preliminary triumphs, aroused delight and a number of different feelings one of the jap humans. but the one yr within which eastern forces occupied territory from Alaska to Indonesia used to be via 3 years of bad defeat. however, until eventually the shattering finish of the warfare, many jap persisted to think within the invincibility in their nation. yet within the diaries of recognized writers—including Nagai Kafu, Takami Jun, Yamada Futaru, and Hirabayashi Taiko—and the student Watanabe Kazuo, various doubts have been vividly, although privately, expressed.

Donald Keene, well known student of Japan, selects from those diaries, a few written by way of authors he knew good. Their revelations have been occasionally poignant, occasionally stunning to Keene. Ito Sei's fervent patriotism or even claims of racial superiority stand in stark distinction to the soft-spoken, kindly guy Keene knew. Weaving archival fabrics with own reminiscences and the intimate money owed themselves, Keene reproduces the passions aroused in the course of the battle and the sharply contrasting reactions within the yr following Japan's give up. even if distinctive or fragmentary, those entries speak the truth of fake victory and all-too-real defeat.

Reviews:

Keene indicates the advanced and sundry reactions to the war.

(Lorien Kaye The Age)

Keene has scoured the wartime diaries of various eastern writers and judiciously woven excerpts into a chic narrative that gives a few acute insights into the mentality of the japanese throughout the years in their maximum crisis.

(Anthony Head occasions Literary Supplement)

[A] outstanding little book.

(Ian Buruma ny assessment of Books)

These diaries supply illuminating own bills by way of proficient writers of what stipulations have been like in wartime and rapid postwar Japan. The book's association is apparent and logical, and the prose is brisk and delicate. It makes an immense contribution to the sphere of eastern studies.

(Steve Rabson, Brown college)

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Traditional Folk Song in Modern Japan: Sources, Sentiment, by David W. Hughes

By David W. Hughes

The research strikes from culture to modernity, explores quite a number issues akin to: music lifestyles within the conventional village; rural city tensions; neighborhood min'yo renovation societies; the results of nationwide and native min'yo contests; the hot folks track phenomenon; min'yo and tourism; people music bars; recruitment of execs; min'yo's interplay with enka renowned songs and with Western-derived foku songu; the influence of mass mediation; and, min'yo's function in holding or developing neighborhood id. The booklet incorporates a plate part, musical examples, and a compact disc.

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The Untold History of Ramen: How Political Crisis in Japan by George Solt

By George Solt

A wealthy, salty, and steaming bowl of noodle soup, ramen has turn into a world image of the cultural prowess of jap delicacies. during this hugely unique account of geopolitics and industrialization in Japan, George Solt lines the meteoric upward push of ramen from humble gasoline for the operating terrible to foreign icon of eastern culture.

Ramen’s recognition should be attributed to political and financial swap on a world scale. utilizing declassified U.S. executive records and an array of jap resources, Solt finds how the construction of a black marketplace for American wheat imports throughout the U.S. career of Japan (1945–1952), the reindustrialization of Japan’s exertions strength throughout the chilly struggle, and the elevation of working-class meals in redefining nationwide identification prior to now twenty years of monetary stagnation (1990s–2000s), all contributed to the institution of ramen as a countrywide dish.

This publication is vital examining for students, scholars of eastern heritage and nutrients experiences, and somebody attracted to gaining better point of view on how foreign coverage can effect daily meals around the globe.

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