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Seller: Top-Rated Seller ancientgifts (4,753) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 383473319549 The Japanese by Edwin O. Reischauer. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket: 416 pages. Publisher: The Belknap Press of Harvard University; (1977). Dimensions: 9¼ x 6½ x 1½ inches; 2¼ pounds.With the two-thousand-year history of the Japanese experience as his foundation, Edwin O. Reischauer brings us an incomparable description of Japan today in all its complexity and uniqueness, both material and spiritual. His description and analysis present us with the paradox that is present-day Japan. Thoroughly international, depending for its livelihood almost entirely on foreign trade, its products coveted everywhere. Yet not entirely liked or trusted, still feared for its past military adventurism and for its current economic aggressiveness. Reischauer begins with the rich heritage of the island nation, identifying incidents and trends that have significantly affected Japan's modern development. Much of the geographic and historical material on Japan's earlier years is drawn from his renowned studies, but the present book deepens and broadens that earlier interpretation: our knowledge of Japan has increased enormously in the intervening decade and our attitudes have become more ambivalent, while Japan too has changed, often not so subtly. Moving to contemporary Japanese society, Reischauer explores both the constants in Japanese life and the aspects that are rapidly changing. In the section on government and politics he gives pithy descriptions of the formal workings of the various organs of government and the decision-making process, as well as the most contentious issues in Japanese life; pollution, nuclear power, organized labor, and the elusive matter of political style. In what will become classic statements on business management and organization, Reischauer sketches the early background of trade and commerce in Japan, contrasts the struggling pre-war economy with today's assertive manufacturing, and brilliantly characterizes the remarkable postwar economic miracle of Japanese heavy industry, consumer product development, and money management. In a final section, "Japan and the World' he attempts to explain to skeptical Westerners that country's growing and painful dilemma between neutrality and alignment, between trade imbalance and "fair" practices, and the ever-vexing issue of that embodiment of Japanese special character, a unique and difficult language that affects al and national behavior. CONDITION: GOOD. Lightly read but EX-LIBRARY. Harvard University (1978) 416 pages. A very clean book. Unlikely that the book was ever actually "read" (cover-to-cover). The evidence suggests it may have been started several times as there is reading wear to the first 20-30 pages, then the book is pristine. Other than the usual library identifiers (described following), the pages are otherwise unmarked, unmutilated, clean, and well-bound. Of course there is a call tag to the spine heel, and there's one faint library identifier stamp to the bottom surface of the closed page edges (not visible of course on individual opened pages, only to the mass of closed page edges, sometimes referred to as the "page block"). There's no other library identifiers to the outside of the book. we'd only add that the top surface of the closed page edges does show a bit of smudging. Inside there is a library identifier inked stamp on both the back and front end papers (the underside of the back and front covers), and there's a card pocket affixed to the last free page (the last unprinted page at the back of the book). The dustjacket is in a mylar sleeve, and as is customary with library books, it appears the dustjacket has been in a mylar sleeve since the book was new, as the dustjacket is flawless. Beneath the dustjacket the cloth covers evidence only very faint, almost imperceptible edge wear. Given the fact that the book is ex-library it lacks the "sex appeal" of a "shelf trophy", nonetheless as a budget-priced "reading copy", it is otherwise clean and only lightly read. For those not concerned with whether the book will or will not enhance their social status or intellectual reputation, it's a solid reading copy at an attractive price. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #1507a. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR JACKET DESCRIPTION(S) AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: The former United States Ambassador to Japan examines, within their historical and geographical settings, the salient characteristics of contemporary Japan society, personality, politics, and culture and Japan's current and prospect role as a world power. Contents/Chapter Headings include: The Setting. 1) The Land. 2) Agriculture and Natural Resources. 3) Isolation. Historical Background. 4) Early Japan. 5) Feudalism. 6) Centralized Feudalism. 7) The Meiji Restoration. 8) The Constitutional System. 9) The Militaristic Reaction. 10) The Occupation Reforms. 11) Postwar Japan. Society. 12) Diversity and Change. 13) The Group. 14) Relativism. 15) Individuality. 16) Hierarchy. 17) Education. 18) Business. 19) Mass Culture. 20) Women. 21) Religion. 22) Psychological Traits. Politics. 23) The Political Heritage. 24) The Emperor. 25) The Diet. 26) Other Organs of Government. 27) Electoral Politics. 28) Parties. 29) The Decision-Making Process. 30) Issues. 31) Trends. 32) Political Style. Japan and the World. 33) The Prewar Record. 34) Neutrality or Alignment. 35) International Trade. 36) Interdependence. 37) Language. 38) Separateness and Internationalism. 39) The Future. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: Here is Japan as only one man could illuminate it. Edwin O. Reischauer gives us an elegantly simple and direct work that at once draws fully upon the wealth of his scholarship and experience and is infused on every page with his life-long rapport with the subject. Richly illustrated, “The Japanese” is certain to delight and reward readers everywhere. REVIEW: A brilliantly rounded portrait of the history, background, culture, and values of a country that may well play a unique role in solving the problems of the twenty-first century. After placing Japan and its people in their historical and geographical setting, Reischauer weighs the paradoxes and particularities in contemporary Japanese society. Explores the contrast between group emphasis and individualism and the strong sense of hierarchy coexisting with a lack of class-consciousness and a highly egalitarian educational and social system. Offers a penetrating analysis of Japanese personality. REVIEW: A penetrating portrait of the Japanese people as they are today, seen by an understanding and sympathetic American who knows them as well as they know themselves. This copiously illustrated book is one that scholars should ponder and that the general public can read with delight. REVIEW: A masterly explanation of who the Japanese are, how they got that way, and what they might become in the future. Reischauer, a distinguished historian, combines great academic learning with a clear, attractive, and often witty writing style. READER REVIEWS: Scholarly book on Japanese society written by a native of, and former US ambassador to Japan. Reischauer was born and grew up in Japan and served as U. S. Ambassador to Japan from 1961 to 1966. He provides a fascinating history of ancient and medieval Japan and the transition into a modern nation-state. The author also evaluates Japan as a world power and provides a penetrating portrait of the Japanese people, background, culture, and values. REVIEW: This book discusses all aspects of Japanese society very well. It is a great mix of the present and history and of the average person and the people in power. I highly recommend this book to students, business people, and anyone who needs information on Japan and the Japanese. I have yet to find any single volume work on the subject of contemporary Japan as comprehensive as "The Japanese Today." I found the volume well organized and easy to read. REVIEW:This book is one of the best general introductions to Japan that exists. It is meant for the layman and because of that, stays away from a scholarly bent. For anyone who has an interest in Japan, while this should not be the only book you read, it should definitely be the first. SHIPPING & RETURNS/REFUNDS: We always ship books domestically (within the USA) via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). Most international orders cost an additional $13.49 to $41.99 for an insured shipment in a heavily padded mailer. There is also a discount program which can cut postage costs by 50% to 75% if you’re buying about half-a-dozen books or more (5 kilos+). Our postage charges are as reasonable as USPS rates allow. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. 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My wife grew up and received a university education in the Southern Urals of Russia, just a few hours away from the mountains of Siberia, where alexandrite, diamond, emerald, sapphire, chrysoberyl, topaz, demantoid garnet, and many other rare and precious gemstones are produced. Though perhaps difficult to find in the USA, antique gemstones are commonly unmounted from old, broken settings – the gold reused – the gemstones recut and reset. Before these gorgeous antique gemstones are recut, we try to acquire the best of them in their original, antique, hand-finished state – most of them centuries old. We believe that the work created by these long-gone master artisans is worth protecting and preserving rather than destroying this heritage of antique gemstones by recutting the original work out of existence. That by preserving their work, in a sense, we are preserving their lives and the legacy they left for modern times. Far better to appreciate their craft than to destroy it with modern cutting. Not everyone agrees – fully 95% or more of the antique gemstones which come into these marketplaces are recut, and the heritage of the past lost. But if you agree with us that the past is worth protecting, and that past lives and the produce of those lives still matters today, consider buying an antique, hand cut, natural gemstone rather than one of the mass-produced machine cut (often synthetic or “lab produced”) gemstones which dominate the market today. We can set most any antique gemstone you purchase from us in your choice of styles and metals ranging from rings to pendants to earrings and bracelets; in sterling silver, 14kt solid gold, and 14kt gold fill. When you purchase from us, you can count on quick shipping and careful, secure packaging. We would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from us. There is a $3 fee for mailing under separate cover. I will always respond to every inquiry whether via email or eBay message, so please feel free to write. Condition: Lightly/merely partially read, clean but EX-LIBRARY (see detailed condition description below)., Dimensions: 9¼ x 6½ x 1½ inches; 2¼ pounds, Material: Paper, Provenance: Ancient Medieval Contemporary Japan, Publisher: Harvard University (1977), Title: The Japanese, Author: Edwin O. Reischauer, Format: Hardcover with dustjacket, Length: 416 pages

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