Skip to content

Online ordering will be unavailable on Saturday 10 December 2022, 0800-1800 GMT.

To place an order, please contact Customer Services.

UK/ROW +44 (0) 1223 326050 | US 1 800 872 7423 or 1 212 337 5000 | Australia/New Zealand 61 3 86711400 or 1800 005 210, New Zealand 0800 023 520

Register Sign in Wishlist
Environmental Politics in Japan

Environmental Politics in Japan
Networks of Power and Protest

$50.99 (C)

  • Date Published: July 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521665742


Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an examination copy?

This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Japan experienced rapid industrial growth after World War II, but its economic miracle brought dramatic environmental deterioration. In the early 1970s, as local protest movements grew more vocal, the Japanese government moved relatively swiftly to regulate industrial pollution and succeeded in reducing its air and water pollution, but not many other environmental problems. This book analyzes the social, cultural, and political-economic causes of Japan's dramatic environmental damage and eventual partial restoration from 1955 to 1995. A case of regional heavy industrial growth and environmental protest in rural Japan provides the local details of how pro-growth and pro-environment coalitions mobilized, struggled, and affected policy outcomes in Japan. The author uses the case-study finding to comment on sociological and political science theories about the effects of culture and social structure on state policy-making, social control, protest movement mobilization and success, and environmental problem-solving.

    • Japan has had dramatic economic success, and equally dramatic environmental problems; no good account yet available of how Japan came to grips with them so successfully
    • Uses Japanese case to test Western social theories - do they hold true in a different cultural setting?
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    "Jeff Broadbent describes one of the most poignant conflicts in Japan, the battle between environmental preservation and economic development, in the case of Oita Prefecture. Fluent in Japanese, extremely well informed about Japanese politics and history, committed to environmental protection, Broadbent presents a nuanced and thoroughly researched account of a highly dramatic political struggle." Ezra F. Vogel, Harvard University

    "A richly provocative exploration of just how local citizen-worker groups confront environmental problems, despite the tug of 'economic progress'. The intensive and extensive field work Broadbent has done on these local groups is further enriched by his attempts to place these challenges in a macrostructural content of political and economic change. His insights are equally powerful in detailing the roots of the responses by political and economic elites in Japan to these local personalities and movements." Allan Schnaiberg, Northwestern University

    "Broadbent's book is indispensable for all students of Japan but also invaluable for anyone interested in social movements. I know of no other study which so effectively combines careful ethnography of a local movement with a full consideration of the national context and response. This is a model study in the field of social movements and an exciting book to read." Robert N. Bellah, Prof. Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

    "To produce Environmental Politics in Japan Jeff Broadbent invested fifteen years of loving labor on two continents, utilized multiple research methodologies ranging from fieldwork in the Japanese hinterlands to computer-driven network analysis, added a masterful reworking of apparently contradictory perspectives in social movements, environmental studies, and political theory, and contributed a stunning array of own his luminous and original ideas. The result is an arresting analysis of how and when ordinary people can and cannot alter social and political trajectories." Michael Schwartz, State University of New York at Stony Brook

    "Through his superb Japanese language ability and detailed field work, Jeffrey Broadbent has achieved the highest level of Japanese studies, on a par with Western sociologists such as Ronald P. Dore and Ezra Vogel. This book offers a stimulating comparative and theoretical analysis of political power in ACID (advanced, capitalist, industrialized democratic) societies including Japan." Joji Watanuki, Sofia University

    "Bringing to bear an impressive array of social science theories, Jeffrey Broadbent gives us the most comprehensive work to date on how Japan, a densely populated country that was a 'polluter's paradise' until the 1960s, achieved one of the world's most dramatic environmental turnarounds. Political scientists, sociologists, and students of Japan will find a wealth of material here for puzzling over solutions to a central policy challenge in nations today at all levels of development: how to find the right mix between economic growth and environmental protection. The author shows how culture, protest, and elite politics intermeshed in Japan's quest for its own answer." Susan J. Pharr, Harvard University

    "This is a first-class book that sets aright the misperception that Japanese politics and social protest cannot be understood from a synthesized class and political process viewpoint. It shows how class theory and resource mobilization arguments can be synthesized and that protest is an important source of political change in comparative context." J. Craig Jenkins, The Ohio State University

    "By bringing his own intense involvement in Japanese culture to bear skillfully and reflectively on issues of great general importance, Jeffrey Broadbent has served everyone who wants to know about environmental politics, the shaping of popular struggles by state structure, and the character of Japanese local life. He writes with analytical passion." Charles Tilly, Columbia University

    "...Broadbent....masterfully illustrates the complexities of local politics in Japan and their influence on national politics; he diagrams the nature of grassroots movements and protest politics in Japan; and he expands his observations to fit into the larger, more globally focused theoretical debates about social movements in general." Jeremy Entwisle, PhD; Colloquy, The Graduate School of Arts & Sciences / Harvard University

    "...this is an impressively researched book that will surely remain a major work in the field of Japanese environmental studies for years to come." JAAS

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: July 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521665742
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 13 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    1. Growth versus the environment in Japan
    2. Visions and realities of growth
    3. Protest and policy change
    4. Movement startups
    5. Protest against landfill No. 8
    6. Under the machine
    7. The Governor gives in
    8. Contested consensus
    9. Pyrrhic victories
    10. Power, protest, and political change
    Appendix 1: Meso-networks and macro-structures
    Appendix 2: Oita Prefecture and Japan National Growth and environmental key events:
    Appendix 3: Pollution legislation at prefectural and national levels:

  • Author

    Jeffrey Broadbent, University of Minnesota

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.