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  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (22 Jan. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199845980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199845989
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 3.8 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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