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Title: Alex Kerr's 'Dogs and Demons' and the Problems of Contemporary Japan: A Review Note
Contributor(s): Burton, TA  (author); Dollery, BE  (author)
Publication Date: 2003
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Abstract: In his controversial new book 'Dogs and Demons: The Fall of Modern Japan', Alex Kerr (2001) maintains that modern Japan represents 'a case of failed modernization' due to a deep-seated 'cultural malaise' that arises 'because of a severe mismatch between Japan's bureaucratic systems and the realities of modern life'. Kerr arguesthis thesis by means of examples drawn from the arts, culture, economics, politics and other aspects of contemporary Japan. This review note attempts to provide a critical examination of Kerr's economic arguments. We contend that he has radically overstated his case, ignored much existing critical literature on Nippon, and 'exoticised' Japanese society unnecessarily.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics, 14(3), p. 303-310
Publisher: A B Academic Publishers
Place of Publication: Bicester, Oxon, UK
ISSN: 0260-1079
Field of Research (FOR): 140213 Public Economics- Public Choice
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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