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Japan and the Shackles of the Past Hardcover – Illustrated, 22 January 2015

4.4 out of 5 stars 46 ratings

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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 472 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0199845980
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0199845989
  • Customer reviews:
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Murphy is very persuasive in building a case for his solutions for bringing real change to Japanese politics and foreign relations ... The most fundamental of his prescriptions, though, is undeniably necessary: the Japanese government and people must, for their own sake "confront what put their country in the hands of those who destroyed its independence and made it a byword abroad for brutal, inhuman fanaticism. Trying to bury accounts of what actually happened with fables of a pure and virtuous land, as Abe seeks to do, is simply a way of making it more likely that something similar will happen again soon". ― Morgan Giles, Times Literary Supplement

Without doubt, this is the most important book on Japan by a non-Japanese writer to have appeared in the last two decades. It should be required reading for anyone professing to know Japan or wishing to teach others about it. ― BCCJ Acumen, Ian de Stains OBE

[An] insightful analysis of what ails Japan. ― Economist

Taggart Murphy knows his Japanese history. His theories about Japan's political economy shed interesting light on the country. ― Financial Times, David Pilling

Japan and the Shackles of the Past is an excellent ― and engagingly written ― introduction to Japan, and a thought-provoking work of political and economic analysis (with quite a few lessons for America and other nations, too). ― Complete Review

Murphy sheds much light on Japans current dependence upon the U.S. for maintenance of its political system and its future prospects, closing with an in-depth analysis of the current administration. ― Publishers Weekly

Taggart Murphy has crafted a precise and highly critical analysis of Japan's problems. ― Satyajit Das, Naked Capitalism

About the Author

R. Taggart Murphy is Professor and Program Chair of the MBA Program in International Business at the Tokyo campus of the University of Tsukuba. He is the author of award-winning books on modern Japan and a number of articles in publications from the New Republic to the National Interest and the New Left Review. A former investment banker, he has also taught at the university's main campus, was a Non-Resident Senior Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and is a coordinator of the web's leading clearing-house for serious writing on Japan, Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus.

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I haven’t even had a chance to read the book yet, as it just arrived. However, the book is covered in some horrible fragrance, like some perfume or something has been spilled all over the cover. It stinks so bad I’m going to have to air it out before I can even read it. Not even kidding or exaggerating, it’s so bad. Definitely not happy having purchased this book and it being delivered with whatever this fragrance is...so so bad. 🤢🤮
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