Reinventing Japan: New Directions in Global Leadership

Praeger (Verlag)
  • erschienen am 14. März 2018
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  • 269 Seiten
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During its so-called Lost Decades, Japan has quietly reinvented itself from a nation with an economy playing catch-up into a global leader in innovation and creativity, one whose "soft power" extends from postmodern architecture to pluripotent stem cells. Written by a dozen experts in their fields, including architect Kengo Kuma, designer of Tokyo's 2020 Olympic stadium, this book describes Japan's contributions to the world in fields ranging from fashion and pop culture to development aid and historical reconciliation. In addition, it demonstrates how Japan has led efforts to contend with several social and economic challenges facing the entire developed world, including demographic aging, rising healthcare costs, and wasteful consumption. Using these accomplishments as evidence, it argues that, in an era of questions surrounding the capability of American leadership, the time has come for Japan to step into a new role as a purveyor of models and values better suited to today's multipolar and diverse world.
  • Englisch
  • Santa Barbara
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978-1-4408-6287-8 (9781440862878)
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  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • Introduction: What Can Japan Offer the World?
  • Globalizing the Galapagos
  • Exploring Japanâ??s Relevance
  • Storytelling as Soft Power
  • Notes
  • Part One: Galapagos Incubator
  • Chapter 1: A Soft Superpower: The Pivot from Manufacturing to Pop Culture
  • Japanâ??s â??Cultural Greenhouseâ??
  • What Makes Japan â??Coolâ???
  • Jeans for $600 or $10?
  • The Power of Pokémon GO
  • The No-Brand Brand and the God of Tidying
  • Beyond Cool Japan
  • Notes
  • Chapter 2: Dominating the Pritzkers: Japanâ??s Emergence as a Leader in Design
  • Architectureâ??s Most Exciting Home
  • Japanese Architecture Takes Off
  • The Rise of Japanese Design
  • The Designer as Artist
  • No Detail Too Minor
  • Design as a Profession
  • Thinking in Three Dimensions
  • An Uncertain Future
  • Reigniting the Network
  • Notes
  • Chapter 3: Asiaâ??s Rediscovery of Japan: The Boom in Inbound Tourism
  • Linking Japan to Asia
  • Reviving Regional Economies
  • Asianizing Snow Country
  • The Foreignersâ?? Gaze
  • Selling Beauty to Asia
  • Japanâ??s Top Draw
  • Is Japan Ready?
  • Tapping Japanâ??s Potential
  • Notes
  • Part Two: Outliers and Pioneers
  • Chapter 4: Departing from Silicon Valley: Japanâ??s New Startup Ecosystem
  • Japanâ??s Quiet Reform
  • Japanâ??s New Startup Ecosystem
  • Entrepreneur as Hero
  • Enter (Independent) Venture Capital
  • Maturing Startup Ecosystem
  • Bulldozers and Drones
  • Robot Motorcycles
  • Honda Comes to Silicon Valley
  • Bridging Startups and Corporate Giants
  • Notes
  • Chapter 5: A Nation of Centenarians: Japanâ??s Revolution in Health and Wellness
  • A U.S. General Launches a Health Revolution
  • The Benefits of Japanese Food
  • Most Generous in the World
  • Tapping Big Data
  • New Wave in Home Care
  • Health and Human Security
  • Notes
  • Chapter 6: Pursuing Nobels: Japanâ??s Emergence as a Global Leader in Science
  • Creating a Culture of Science
  • Taking the Lead in Neutrinos
  • Weaknesses Can Be Strengths
  • The Creative Outliers
  • Freedom to Take Risks
  • Crisis in Science?
  • Notes
  • Chapter Seven: Deciphering Japan: Chinaâ??s Fascination with Its Neighbor
  • Norwegian Wood and Honest Poverty
  • Private Initiatives in Cultural Exchange
  • The Appeal of Decluttering
  • A Japanese Feline Wins Over Chinese Hearts
  • Asiaâ??s Rediscovery of Japan
  • A Fascination Gap
  • Notes
  • Part Three: Global Contributor
  • Chapter 8: Lessons of Tohoku: The Sources of Japanâ??s Resilience to Disaster
  • Resilient Japan
  • Social Connections Save Lives
  • The Lessons of Tohoku
  • Good Governance Makes a Difference
  • Decentralization and Nongovernment Actors
  • Notes
  • Chapter 9: Bridges Make Good Neighbors: Building Soft Power with ODA
  • From Recipient to Donor
  • Checkbook Diplomacy
  • Miracle Rice
  • Putting Locals in Charge
  • Passport to Life
  • Afghanistan and Iraq
  • South China Sea
  • Notes
  • Chapter 10: Japanâ??s Strategic Position: Global Civilian Power 2.0
  • Civilian Power or Normal Nation?
  • Updating the Concept of a Global Civilian Power
  • Human Security
  • Rule of Law
  • Capacity Building
  • Global Civilian Power 2.0
  • Notes
  • Chapter 11: Obama in Hiroshima: A Model for Historical Reconciliation?
  • Model for the World
  • Forging Reconciliation
  • Hiroshima Visit as Model?
  • Could Abe â??Go to Nanjingâ???
  • Notes
  • Conclusion: Japanâ??s Frontiers Are Global Frontiers
  • An Age without Models
  • Globalizing Japanâ??s Galapagos
  • The Real Thing
  • The Beautiful Foolishness of Things
  • Japanâ??s Frontiers Are the Worldâ??s Frontiers
  • Muji Growth
  • The Power of Longevity
  • Social Resilience
  • Global Civilian Power
  • Think Big
  • Notes
  • About the Editors and Contributors
  • Index

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