Japan: Why It Works, Why It Doesn't: Economics in Everyday Life

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James Mak
University of Hawaii Press, 1998 - 219 pagine

This collection of twenty-six essays furnishes concise explanations of everyday Japanese life in simplified economic terms.

They begin with such questions as, Do Japanese live better than Americans? Why don't Japanese workers claim all their overtime? Why don't Japanese use personal checking accounts? Why do Japanese give and receive so many gifts?

The essays are written in non-technical, accessible language intended for the undergraduate or advanced placement high school student taking an economics course or studying Japan in a social science course. The general reader will find the book a fascinating compendium of facts on Japanese culture and daily life.

 

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Do the Japanese Live Better Than Americans?
3
Why Avoid the Altar?
11
Why Go to School after School?
21
Why So Many Gifts?
27
Why Is Pachinko So Popular?
33
Why Are the Japanese Obsessed with
39
Why Are There So Many Small Shops
45
How Do the Japanese and Americans
51
How Do Workers Get Paid?
99
Do the Japanese Work till They Drop?
107
Why Do the Japanese Save So Much?
115
Why Is Japan a Paradise of Vending Machines?
123
Why Do Doctors Prescribe So Many Pills?
131
Why Do Bank Automatic Teller Machines
137
Why Is Rice So Expensive in Japan?
149
How Does Japans Largest Bank Work?
167

What Are Most Japanese Doing on Tax Day?
67
Why Do Students Take It Easy at the University?
73
Why Do Japanese Companies Hire
83
Why Dont Workers Claim All Their Overtime?
91
What Are Keiretsu and Why Do Some
185
Glossary of Japanese Terms
205
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