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Review: Politics in Contemporary Japan: Pluralist Scholarship in the Conservative Era--A Review Article

Reviewed Works: Japan's Political Culture: A Paradigm of Japanese Politics as seen in Niigata's Third District. by Fukuoka Masayuki; Research on "Policy Tribe Legislators": The Major Figures who Control LDP Political Power. by Inoguchi Takashi, Iwai Tomoaki; Postwar Japan's Pressure Groups. by Muramatsu Michio, Itō Mitsutoshi, Tsujinaka Yutaka; Transformation of the Japanese Style of Policy Making. by Nakano Minoru; LDP Power. by Satō Seizaburō, Matsuzaki Tetsuhisa; Special Issue: The Rise of a New Conservatism. Leviathan. no. 1.; Special Issue: The Nation and Enterprises, Groups, and Individuals: The Political Process of Transforming Public and Private Domains. Leviathan. no. 2.; The End of Finance Bureaucrats' Control. by Yamaguchi Jirō
Review by: Gary D. Allinson
The Journal of Asian Studies
Vol. 48, No. 2 (May, 1989), pp. 324-332
DOI: 10.2307/2057381
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2057381
Page Count: 9
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Politics in Contemporary Japan: Pluralist Scholarship in the Conservative Era--A Review Article
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Abstract

Bureaucrats in Japan has historically played a predominant political role, but in the last decade both the conception and the reality of their dominance have been challenged. The conceptual challenge has been raised by a group of younger scholars influenced by U.S. empirical research methods. The real challenge has come from an organized and affluent populace reacting to a long-governing conservative party. GARY D. ALLINSON reviews six Japanese books and two special issues of a new Japanese journal to describe some recent, contending views of these and other political changes in contemporary Japan.

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