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The Rules of Play (Cornell Studies in Political Economy)
by David Leheny
The Japanese government seeks to influence the use of leisure time to a degree that Americans or Europeans would likely find puzzling. Through tourism-promotion initiatives, financing for resort development, and systematic research on recreational practices, the government takes a relentless interest in its citizens' "free time." David Leheny argues that material interests ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 27th 2003 by Cornell University Press
(first published 2003)
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It is always nice to see Japan from other perspectives. This book argues that Japanese does not want to lose identity, but at the same time they want to be perceived "developed" by others. It is interesting to see how the government able to penetrate in one's leisure activities.