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By Ikuo Kabashima, Gill Steel

Altering Politics in Japan is a clean and insightful account of the profound adjustments that experience shaken up the japanese political process and remodeled it virtually past popularity within the final couple of a long time. Ikuo Kabashima-a former professor who's now Governor of Kumamoto Prefecture-and Gill metal define the elemental gains of politics in postwar Japan in an available and interesting demeanour. They specialise in the dynamic courting among citizens and elected or nonelected officers and describe the shifts that experience happened in how citizens reply to or keep watch over political elites and the way officers either reply to, and try to impression, citizens. The authors go back again and again to the topic of adjustments in illustration and accountability.

Kabashima and metal got down to demolish the nonetheless usual fable that jap politics are a stagnant set of entrenched platforms and pursuits which are essentially undemocratic. instead, they show a full of life and dynamic democracy, during which politicians and events are more and more hearing and responding to citizens' wishes and pursuits and the media and different actors play a considerable function in retaining democratic responsibility alive and fit. Kabashima and metal describe how all of the political events in Japan have tailored the ways that they try and manage and channel votes and argue that opposite to many journalistic stereotypes the govt. is more and more performing within the "the pursuits of citizens"-the median voter's personal tastes.

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24 Indeed, even the Japanese administrators of the school found it surprising that there would be systematic lectures based on a schedule and curriculum. m. 25 Still, Müller thought that even 140 students constituted too large an audience for medical training to be effective. 27 Müller’s lectures in German were translated by Shiba Ryōkai (1839–79), who had been known for his linguistic capabilities. When Müller arrived at Yokohama, he was greeted by Ishiguro Tadanori, Hasegawa Tai, and Shiba Ryōkai.

Unfortunately, the situation looked absolutely dismal, as Müller conveyed when he wrote of these multinational educators: The faculty is thrown together from all possible classes and countries; among them, in addition to the clerks and beer brewers, were pharmacists, agriculturalists, sailors, shipbuilders … There was once even talk of selecting a circus clown as a gymnastic teacher, which was not so monstrous, when one learned that someone who worked at the same circus had been engaged as a language teacher.

The result is a transnational exploration moving back and forth between Berlin and Tokyo, following the path laid out collectively by more than a thousand Japanese and German physicians. Chapter 1 Same Bed, Different Dreams It was a hot and humid summer day in August 1871. Describing his first meeting with Japanese medical students at Tōkō [East College] of Daigaku1 in Tokyo, the predecessor of the prestigious Tokyo Imperial University, Leopold Müller, the first German army staff physician (Oberstabarzt) dispatched to Japan as a professor of medicine, recalls that he had the bizarre impression of entering a synagogue:2 In our first visit of the school, around 300 students were introduced to us; they were sitting in a series of halls with ten to sixteen students at a table, with each one having a hibachi (a small Japanese table heater) and a smoking pipe.

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