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Globalization of Japan: Japanese Sakoku Mentality and U.S. Efforts to Open Japan Hardcover – May 15, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0312177089 ISBN-10: 0312177089 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1 edition (May 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312177089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312177089
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,465,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sakoku literally means "secluded nation" in Japanese, and the term usually is applied to Japanese attitudes of parochialism and exclusiveness. The "sakoku mentality" is frequently invoked to rationalize resistance to eliminating trade barriers and to explain Japanese attitudes toward foreigners. Itoh, who is an associate professor of political science at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, takes an in-depth look at the effect of sakoku on attempts to internationalize Japan. She puts sakoku in historical perspective and analyzes recent, well-publicized opinion polls that measured Japanese attitudes toward the U.S. and other parts of the world. Itoh then considers sakoku's role in Japanese immigration and foreign labor policies, the status of Okinawa, the liberalization of Japan's rice market, attitudes toward Japan's constitution that was imposed during the U.S. occupation, and Japan's participation in the UN and in peacekeeping operations. David Rouse


"Itoh. . . takes an in-depth look at the effect of sakoku on attempts to internationalize Japan." --Booklist

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harmonious on January 3, 2005
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the first book I read that concerns mainly Japan. I was able to learn about some traits and the character of the Japanese from the perspective of a Japanese author. The author argues her thesis lucidly; the book was never dull. This is a very good book for you if you like economics and globalization.
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