Japan: The Basics, is an engaging introduction to the culture, society and the global positioning of Japan. Taking a fresh look at stereotypes associated with Japan, it provides a well-rounded introduction to a constantly evolving country. It addresses such questions as:
• How do we go about studying Japan?
• What are the connections between popular culture and wider Japanese society?
• How are core values about identity formed and what are their implications?
• How does Japan react to natural and manmade disasters?
• How does nature influence Japanese attitudes to the environment?
With exercises and discussion points throughout and suggestions for further reading, Japan: The Basics is an ideal starting point for all those studying Japan in its global, cultural context.