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Seller: ancientgifts (4,519) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122252801436 The Japanese by Edwin O. Reischauer. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket: 443 pages. Publisher: The Belknap Press of Harvard University; (1977). With the two-thousand-year history of the Japanese experience as his foundation, Edwin O. Reischauer brings us an incomparable description of Japan today in all its complexity and uniqueness, both material and spiritual. His description and analysis present us with the paradox that is present-day Japan. Thoroughly international, depending for its livelihood almost entirely on foreign trade, its products coveted everywhere. Yet not entirely liked or trusted, still feared for its past military adventurism and for its current economic aggressiveness. Reischauer begins with the rich heritage of the island nation, identifying incidents and trends that have significantly affected Japan's modern development. Much of the geographic and historical material on Japan's earlier years is drawn from his renowned studies, but the present book deepens and broadens that earlier interpretation: our knowledge of Japan has increased enormously in the intervening decade and our attitudes have become more ambivalent, while Japan too has changed, often not so subtly. Moving to contemporary Japanese society, Reischauer explores both the constants in Japanese life and the aspects that are rapidly changing. In the section on government and politics he gives pithy descriptions of the formal workings of the various organs of government and the decision-making process, as well as the most contentious issues in Japanese life; pollution, nuclear power, organized labor, and the elusive matter of political style. In what will become classic statements on business management and organization, Reischauer sketches the early background of trade and commerce in Japan, contrasts the struggling pre-war economy with today's assertive manufacturing, and brilliantly characterizes the remarkable postwar economic miracle of Japanese heavy industry, consumer product development, and money management. In a final section, "Japan and the World' he attempts to explain to skeptical Westerners that country's growing and painful dilemma between neutrality and alignment, between trade imbalance and "fair" practices, and the ever-vexing issue of that embodiment of Japanese special character, a unique and difficult language that affects personal and national behavior. CONDITION: GOOD/EX-LIBRARY. Lightly read but EX-LIBRARY. Harvard University (1978) 416 pages. A very clean book. Unlikely that the book was ever actually "read" (cover-to-cover). The evidence suggests it may have been started once or twice as there is reading wear to the first 20-30 pages, then the book is pristine. Other than the usual library identifiers (described following), the pages are otherwise unmarked, unmutilated, clean, and well-bound. Of course there is a call tag to the spine heel, and there are marked out (black marker) library identifier ink stamps to both the top and bottom surfaces of the closed page edges (not visible of course on individual opened pages, only to the mass of closed page edges, sometimes referred to as the "page block"). Inside there are also two other marked out library identifier inked stamps (on the copyright page and on the first page of chapter two). There's no card pocket. The dustjacket is in a mylar sleeve. It evidences some rubbing to the spine heel, and a few tiny closed edge tears at the spine heel (very tiny, and no chips or missing pieces). The spine of the dustjacket is also light-faded. Beneath the dustjacket the cloth covers evidence only very, very mild shelfwear. Given the fact that the book is ex-library it lacks the "sex appeal" of a "shelf trophy", nonetheless as a budget-priced "reading copy", it is otherwise clean and only lightly read. For those not concerned with whether the book will or will not enhance their social status or intellectual reputation, it's a solid reading copy at an attractive price. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! #1507b. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The former United States Ambassador to Japan examines, within their historical and geographical settings, the salient characteristics of contemporary Japan society, personality, politics, and culture and Japan's current and prospect role as a world power. Contents/Chapter Headings include: The Setting. 1) The Land. 2) Agriculture and Natural Resources. 3) Isolation. Historical Background. 4) Early Japan. 5) Feudalism. 6) Centralized Feudalism. 7) The Meiji Restoration. 8) The Constitutional System. 9) The Militaristic Reaction. 10) The Occupation Reforms. 11) Postwar Japan. Society. 12) Diversity and Change. 13) The Group. 14) Relativism. 15) Individuality. 16) Hierarchy. 17) Education. 18) Business. 19) Mass Culture. 20) Women. 21) Religion. 22) Psychological Traits. Politics. 23) The Political Heritage. 24) The Emperor. 25) The Diet. 26) Other Organs of Government. 27) Electoral Politics. 28) Parties. 29) The Decision-Making Process. 30) Issues. 31) Trends. 32) Political Style. Japan and the World. 33) The Prewar Record. 34) Neutrality or Alignment. 35) International Trade. 36) Interdependence. 37) Language. 38) Separateness and Internationalism. 39) The Future. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: Here is Japan as only one man could illuminate it. Edwin O. Reischauer gives us an elegantly simple and direct work that at once draws fully upon the wealth of his scholarship and experience and is infused on every page with his life-long rapport with the subject. Richly illustrated, “The Japanese” is certain to delight and reward readers everywhere. REVIEW: A brilliantly rounded portrait of the history, background, culture, and values of a country that may well play a unique role in solving the problems of the twenty-first century. After placing Japan and its people in their historical and geographical setting, Reischauer weighs the paradoxes and particularities in contemporary Japanese society. Explores the contrast between group emphasis and individualism and the strong sense of hierarchy coexisting with a lack of class-consciousness and a highly egalitarian educational and social system. Offers a penetrating analysis of Japanese personality. REVIEW: A penetrating portrait of the Japanese people as they are today, seen by an understanding and sympathetic American who knows them as well as they know themselves. This copiously illustrated book is one that scholars should ponder and that the general public can read with delight. REVIEW: A masterly explanation of who the Japanese are, how they got that way, and what they might become in the future. Reischauer, a distinguished historian, combines great academic learning with a clear, attractive, and often witty writing style. READER REVIEWS: Scholarly book on Japanese society written by a native of, and former US ambassador to Japan. Reischauer was born and grew up in Japan and served as U. S. Ambassador to Japan from 1961 to 1966. He provides a fascinating history of ancient and medieval Japan and the transition into a modern nation-state. The author also evaluates Japan as a world power and provides a penetrating portrait of the Japanese people, background, culture, and values. REVIEW: This book discusses all aspects of Japanese society very well. It is a great mix of the present and history and of the average person and the people in power. I highly recommend this book to students, business people, and anyone who needs information on Japan and the Japanese. I have yet to find any single volume work on the subject of contemporary Japan as comprehensive as "The Japanese Today." I found the volume well organized and easy to read. REVIEW:This book is one of the best general introductions to Japan that exists. It is meant for the layman and because of that, stays away from a scholarly bent. For anyone who has an interest in Japan, while this should not be the only book you read, it should definitely be the first. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). The shipment will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher. Most international orders cost an additional $12.99 to $33.99 for an insuredshipment in a heavily padded mailer, and typically includes some form of rudimentary tracking and/or delivery confirmation (though for some countries, this is only available at additional cost). There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Rates and available services vary a bit from country to country. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers. All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs). Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world – but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology. I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Material: The Japanese

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