Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation (Vintage Departures)

Type
Book
ISBN 10
1400077796 
ISBN 13
9781400077793 
Category
Japan  [ Browse Items ]
Edition
Reprint 
Publication Year
2007 
Publisher
Pages
352 
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   The world's second-wealthiest country, Japan once seemed poised to overtake America as the leading global economic powerhouse. But the country failed to recover from the staggering economic collapse of the early 1990s. Today it confronts an array of disturbing social trends, notably a population of more than one million hikikomori: the young men who shut themselves in their rooms, withdrawing from society. There is also a growing numbers of “parasite singles”: single women who refuse to leave home, marry, or bear children.   In this trenchant investigation, Michael Zielenziger argues that Japan's tradition-steeped society, its aversion to change, and its distrust of individuality are stifling economic revival, political reform, and social evolution. Shutting Out the Sun is a bold explanation of Japan's stagnation and its implications for the rest of the world. - from Amzon 
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