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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Current land-use map of the area in and around Ogawa Forest Reserve (OFR). The area within the broken line is the OFR (98 ha). The shaded and unshaded areas show oldgrowth and secondary forests, respectively. Circles indicate evidence of old charcoal kilns. The contour interval is 10 m Forest Vegetation and Human Impact 39 both in the past and at present, old-growth stands with the original species composition and stand structure were distributed in the valley bottoms and on adjacent hillsides, and secondary-growth stands were mainly distributed on the surrounding ridges.

Another deciduous oak, Q. acutissima, is also useful, although this has been planted since the area was used for charcoal-burning. W. Suzuki 38 Dwarf bamboos are the main components of the undergrowth, and have been used as fuel and farmyard manure. They were also used in the building of the charcoal kilns and as fuel in charcoal-burning. As a result, the undergrowth of secondary stands, which had been dominated by dwarf bamboos, changed to a poorer vegetation composed of shrub and herbaceous species which could compete against weeds.

There are seven abandoned charcoal kilns in the watershed of the OFR, and six kilns have been found in the Forest Reserve. These findings suggest that some part of the OFR had been subjected to coppice-system cutting for charcoal-burning before it was designated as a reserve. Even in the old-growth stands, the dominance of Quercus serrata suggests some human impact (see Chapter 6). A simulation trial using Markov models based on canopy-sapling associations predicted the elimination of Q. serrata, Castanea crenata, and Q.

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