Review Section Decoding Boundaries in Contemporary Japan: The Koizumi Administration and Beyond. Edited by Glenn D. Hook. Routledge, London, 2011. xvi, 270 pages. $140.00. Reviewed by Alisa Gaunder Southwestern University Decoding Boundaries in Contemporary Japan explores political, economic, and social boundaries in Japan to address why these constraints exist as well as how and why some of these boundaries have shifted in recent years. The administration of Prime Minister Koizumi Jun'ichiro is taken as a point of ¯ departure given that its push for both increased international activity and domestic reform shifted many existing boundaries and created new ones. As Glenn Hook explains in the introduction to this edited volume, "The central argument of the book is that, in order to achieve the twin goals of greater international proactivity and domestic reform, the government and other actors supporting the new direction for Japan pushed forward by the Koizumi administration needed to take action in order to destabilize and reformulate a range of extant boundaries" (p. 2). Before boundaries can be "decoded," though, they must be defined. The introductory chapter by Glenn Hook begins this endeavor by asserting "whether physical or metaphysical, boundaries serve most fundamentally to distinguish between
The Journal of Japanese Studies – Society for Japanese Studies
Published: Jul 14, 2012
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