A New Japan for the Twenty-First Century: An Inside Overview by Rien T. Segers

By Rien T. Segers

Many folks within the West painting Japan as being fastened in its methods, and not able to alter, and for this reason risking nationwide decline and overseas lack of status. even if, actually, Japan is at this time in an important transition interval, akin to the Meiji recovery of 1868 or the interval instantly after the second one global warfare. This transition interval comes with a mix of occasions and occasions that are tricky to interpret either for international in addition to family commentators and selection makers. during this e-book a number of senior specialists from inside of Japan define the various huge alterations presently happening in quite a lot of fields, together with the economic system, enterprise and expertise, politics, governance and diplomacy, and a variety of social concerns - the media, the placement of girls, nationalism and nationwide awareness, and faith. total, the booklet presents a corrective to lost Western and jap perspectives; it goals to redirect stereotyped brooding about modern Japan either within in addition to outdoors the rustic. furthermore it offers a precis assessment of up to date Japan, its present alterations and difficulties– in brief the interior tale of the second one most powerful nationwide economic climate on the planet that's within the strategy of primary re-engineering and with a purpose to proceed to have a big impact globally going ahead.

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In the OECD 2003 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Japan was ranked fourteenth as far as reading literacy is concerned, sixth concerning mathematical literacy and second for scientific literacy. On the whole, this is a deterioration from the ranking in a study done by the OECD three years earlier. This leads Manabu Satō to the following conclusion: Overall, the results of the PISA study indicate clearly not only that the academic proficiency of Japanese schoolchildren is declining but also that their abilities are circumscribed by an outdated concept of academic attainment that is inadequate to prepare them for the demands of the complex and fluid ‘knowledge society’ of the twenty-first century.

This reflects a typical example of the Japanese attitude towards foreign ideas. It is a manifestation of haigo shiso, or respect for foreign, in particular Western, ideas dating back to the Meiji era. 26 Rien T. Segers The six visits of Prime Minister Koizumi to Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, where also fourteen Class-A war criminals are enshrined, changed this collective view on ‘the’ criminals. These visits ignited the anti-Japanese movement abroad, forcing Japanese journalism to provide its readers with more detailed information on the Tokyo trial and the individuality of the suspects.

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