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The Japanese: A Major Exploration of Modern Japan

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Tasker brings to life every aspect of modern Japan, from the relentless pressure of its education system, to the seemingly unstoppable expansion of Japanese business in the world marketplace, to the roles of women in society. 8-page photo insert.
Published 1988 by E.P. Dutton
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An excellent ethnography of Japan in the Eighties. Well worth reading for an understanding of how this nation has shaped our nation's current testing-centric policy of education and how the Japanese model on which it is inherently based has painful shortcomings. The final two chapters are centered on (then) current events and so feels stale - especially the predictions of the USSR's influence on the Japan Of The Future, but it picks up in the end. A serious read for anyone wanting to understand ...more
I liked this book. I read it ten years ago and was much less critical, so take it with a grain of salt.

I bought it with left over book money my first semester of college. It was required reading for one class or another and I grabbed despite not being in the class.

I still have my copy held together with electrical tape.

Might be worth looking at some of his other books.
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PETER TASKER is a founding partner of Arcus Investments, an investment management firm that specializes in Japanese securities. He has written several books on Japanese economics and society, including Japan 2020 (1997) and The End of the Japanese Golden Era (1992). He is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction in both English and Japanese, and has written for Newsweek, Financial Tim ...more
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