Dogs and Demons

Tales From the Dark Side of Modern Japan

Alex Kerr

Hill and Wang

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A surprising assessment of the failures and successes of modern Japan.

In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the many facets of Japan's recent, and chronic, crises -- from the failure of its banks and pension funds to the decline of its once magnificent modern cinema. He is the first to give a full report on the nation's endangered environment -- its seashores lined with concrete, its roads leading to nowhere in the mountains -- as well as its "monument frenzy," the destruction of old cities such as Kyoto and construction of drab new ones, and the attendant collapse of its tourist industry. Kerr writes with humor and passion, for "passion," he says, "is part of the story. Millions of Japanese feel as heartbroken at what is going on as I do. My Japanese friends tell me, 'Please write this -- for us.'"

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Dogs and Demons
I The LandThe Construction StateOur country, as a special mark of favor from the heavenly gods, was begotten by them, and there is thus so immense a difference between Japan and all the other countries of the world as to defy comparison. Ours is a splendid and blessed country, the Land of the Gods beyond any doubt.--HIRATA ATSUTANE (1776-1843) 
 
 
Writers on Japan today mostly concern themselves with its banks and export manufacturing. But in the greater scheme of things, for a wealthy nation does it really matter so much if its GNP drops a few percentage

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"Keen insight into the unique causes and disastrous results of the once heralded 'Japan Model' of development . . . a must read." --Michael Judge, The Wall Street Journal

"Should be required reading for anyone who writes about or studies the Japanese economy . . . " --Eric Johnston, The Japan Times

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Alex Kerr

Alex Kerr, educated at Yale, Oxford, and Keio Universities, is the author of many monographs and articles in both Japanese and English. He now lives in Bangkok.

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Dogs and Demons
Tales From the Dark Side of Modern Japan
Alex Kerr

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Trade Paperback
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
February 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780809039432
ISBN10: 0809039435
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages, Notes, Index
$18.95

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Hill and Wang
February 2002
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466804500
ISBN10: 1466804505
320 pages, Notes, Index
$9.99
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