Download or read book Ruffians Yakuza Nationalists written by Eiko Maruko Siniawer and published by Cornell University Press. This book was released on 2015-01-26 with total page 284 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Violence and democracy may seem fundamentally incompatible, but the two have often been intimately and inextricably linked. In Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists, Eiko Maruko Siniawer argues that violence has been embedded in the practice of modern Japanese politics from the very inception of the country's experiment with democracy. As soon as the parliament opened its doors in 1890, brawls, fistfights, vandalism, threats, and intimidation quickly became a fixture in Japanese politics, from campaigns and elections to legislative debates. Most of this physical force was wielded by what Siniawer calls "violence specialists": ruffians and yakuza. Their systemic and enduring political violence-in the streets, in the halls of parliament, during popular protests, and amid labor strife-ultimately compromised party politics in Japan and contributed to the rise of militarism in the 1930s. For the post-World War II years, Siniawer illustrates how the Japanese developed a preference for money over violence as a political tool of choice. This change in tactics signaled a political shift, but not necessarily an evolution, as corruption and bribery were in some ways more insidious, exclusionary, and undemocratic than violence. Siniawer demonstrates that the practice of politics in Japan has been dangerous, chaotic, and far more violent than previously thought. Additionally, crime has been more political. Throughout the book, Siniawer makes clear that certain yakuza groups were ideological in nature, contrary to the common understanding of organized crime as nonideological. Ruffians, Yakuza, Nationalists is essential reading for anyone wanting to comprehend the role of violence in the formation of modern nation-states and its place in both democratic and fascist movements.
Download or read book The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies written by James D Babb and published by SAGE. This book was released on 2014-12-15 with total page 672 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "A welcome addition to any reading list for those interested in contemporary Japanese society." - Roger Goodman, Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Society, University of Oxford "I know no better book for an accessible and up-to-date introduction to this complex subject than The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japan Studies." - Hiroko Takeda, Associate Professor, Organization for Global Japanese Studies, University of Tokyo "Pioneering and nuanced in analysis, yet highly accessible and engaging in style." - Yoshio Sugimoto, Emeritus Professor, La Trobe University The SAGE Handbook of Modern Japanese Studies includes outstanding contributions from a diverse group of leading academics from across the globe. This volume is designed to serve as a major interdisciplinary reference work and a seminal text, both rigorous and accessible, to assist students and scholars in understanding one of the major nations of the world. James D. Babb is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University.
Download or read book A Path to Innocence a Road to War written by John V. Wemlinger and published by Virtualbookworm Publishing. This book was released on 2003-05 with total page 316 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Command Sergeant Major Cleveland Spires lost his family, his career, his pride and ten years of his life while in prison for something he didn't do. Now, he's out and simply trying to reestablish himself when he uncovers a clue that might prove his innocence. He heads down a dark and twisting path that leads him to Bangkok, Thailand and on to Tokyo, Japan where the path suddenly widens into a road, a road leading directly to war. Coalition warfare is nothing new. In fact, the US has become masterful at building them. But what happens when the coalition isn't one the US has built; instead it's one whose intent is to destroy the global economy. This is a story of international intrigue, politics and American military power. The military organizations are real. The characters represent the men and women of the US Armed Forces who work every day at protecting America's interests. In the aftermath of 9/11, Colin Powell said that despite America's terribly sophisticated intelligence gathering ability, there is no substitute for something as simple as a human being on the ground, who overhears something. Powell's comment.
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Download or read book A Companion to Japanese Cinema written by David Desser and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2022-03-09 with total page 724 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Go beyond Kurosawa and discover an up-to-date and rigorous examination of historical and modern Japanese cinema In A Companion to Japanese Cinema, distinguished cinematic researcher David Desser delivers insightful new material on a fascinating subject, ranging from the introduction and exploration of under-appreciated directors, like Uchida Tomu and Yoshimura Kozaburo, to an appreciation of the Golden Age of Japanese cinema from the point of view of little-known stars and genres of the 1950s. This Companion includes new resources that deal in-depth with the issue of gender in Japanese cinema, including a sustained analysis of Kawase Naomi, arguably the most important female director in Japanese film history. Readers will appreciate the astute material on the connections and relationships that tie together Japanese television and cinema, with implications for understanding the modern state of Japanese film. The Companion concludes with a discussion of the Japanese media’s response to the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the nation. The book also includes: A thorough introduction to the History, Ideology, and Aesthetics of Japanese cinema, including discussions of Kyoto as the cinematic center of Japan and the Pure Film Movement and modern Japanese film style An exploration of the background to the famous story of Taki no Shiraito and the significant and underappreciated contributions of directors Uchida Tomu, as well as Yoshimura Kozaburo A rigorous comparison of old and new Japanese cinema, including treatments of Ainu in documentary films and modernity in film exhibition Practical discussions of intermediality, including treatments of scriptwriting in the 1930s and the influence of film on Japanese television Perfect for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students studying Japanese and Asian cinema, A Companion to Japanese Cinema is a must-read reference for anyone seeking an insightful and contemporary discussion of modern scholarship in Japanese cinema in the 20th and 21st centuries.
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Download or read book Cities around the World Struggles and Solutions to Urban Life 2 volumes written by Jing Luo and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2019-07-31 with total page 646 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This two-volume set offers a comprehensive overview of major challenges faced by cities worldwide in the 21st century, and how cities in different geographic, economic, and political conditions are finding solutions to them. • Offers students more than a simple A–Z encyclopedia of the world's major cities by delving deep into the issues that these urban centers face • Includes approximately 100 entries on a multitude of issues in a variety of cities around the world, from Abu Dhabi to Zurich • Includes photographs to help to illuminate and provide visual support to the text • Features entries written by more than 30 scholars with backgrounds in a variety of disciplines, contributing to a well-rounded, comprehensive text
Download or read book Hollywood Stunt Performers written by Gene Scott Freese and published by McFarland Publishing. This book was released on 1998 with total page 282 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Hollywood's stuntmen and stuntwomen willingly risk life and limb to bring excitement to the screen. They crash cars. They swing from helicopters. They dive off rocky cliffs into water far, far below.Yet as recently as the early 1980s, stunt performers rarely even received screen credit for their incredible feats.Here at last is a personal introduction to these professional daredevils. Biographical information, extensive film and television credits, and action photographs shine the spotlight on these highly skilled athletes who will stop at nothing to stop your heart.
Download or read book Tradition Democracy and the Townscape of Kyoto written by Christoph Brumann and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2012 with total page 442 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Kyoto is both a popular destination for tourists and home to one and a half million inhabitants. There is lively debate about how best to develop the city, involving a variety of stakeholders, forming a particlar social arena that has no match elsewhere in Japan. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, the book analyses the social tensions and conflicts about the built environment and the public cultural heritage in Kyoto.
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Download or read book Time Out Film Guide written by John Pym and published by Time Out Guides. This book was released on 2000 with total page 1460 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From "TimeOut" magazine comes this ninth edition of its film guide that features stills and information on the films covered in the pages of the magazine.
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Download or read book Videohound s Golden Movie Retriever written by Jim Craddock and published by Gale / Cengage Learning. This book was released on 2006 with total page 1742 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Describes and rates more than twenty thousand videos, and provides indexes by theme, awards, actors, actresses, and directors.