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This book is about the underside of Japan's economic miracle. It is an account of people who have been forgotten in Japan's push to industrialize in the postwar era: the coalminers of Chikuho on Japan's southernmost island. The dirty and neglected character of Chikuho is in stark contrast with Japan's prevailing image as an international leader in technology and an affluent, socially cohesive country. The book challenges the concepts of industrial harmony, cultural homogeneity and caring government that dominate much of the literature on Japan.Read more
- Provocative book, which challenges many prevailing views of Japanese society
- Written so as to appeal to wide range of readers interested in modern Japan
- Includes many compelling stories and anecdotes put into broader theoretical framework
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- Date Published: June 2009
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521114943
- length: 320 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.47kg
- contains: 38 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
List of Plates
List of Maps
List of Figures
List of abbreviations
Notes on translation and anonymity
1. Chikuho: a short description
2. The Chikuho revivalists
4. A short history of coalmining: Chikuho in context
5. The picture show man
6. A culture in violence
7. H-san mine: violence and repression
8. The bathing master
9. Labour conflict: the case of the K-san union action
10. D-san and the students
12. The Y-san disaster
15. Welfare in Chikuho
16. A Yakuza story
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