This book tells the tale of Japan's malaise since 1990. It combines a study of the financial world, the bureaucracy, and culture, to get at the roots of Japan's modern troubles. Environmental destruction caused by a runaway construction industry and other issues underlie what I — and many Japanese — see as profound cultural trouble. This book gives voice to these Japanese commentators who have so far not been heard above the chorus of Western praise for Japan's postwar successes.
Published by China Citic Press (中信出版社) and Hong Kong's Shuyi Press (書藝出版社), 2006