The State of the Japanese State: Contested Identity, Direction and Role
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The State of the Japanese State: Contested Identity, Direction and Role
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The State of the Japanese State: Contested Identity, Direction and Role

ISBN 978-1-898823-71-1

Gavan McCormack

£65.00

Renaissance Books Asia Pacific Series, ISSN 2396-8877, Vol. 4

978-1-898823-71-1 * Hardback * 272pp * £65.00 * May 2018

McCormack here revisits and reassesses his previous formulations of Japan as construction state (doken kokka ), client state (zokkoku ), constitutional pacifist state, and colonial state (especially in its relationship to Okinawa). He adds a further chapter on what he calls the ‘rampant state’, that outlines the increasingly authoritarian or ikkyo (one strong) turn of the Abe government in the fifth year of its second term. And he critically addresses the Abe agenda for constitutional revision.