Shutting Out the Sun: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation

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The world's second-wealthiest country, Japan once seemed poised to overtake America as the leading global economic powerhouse.

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But the country failed to recover from the staggering economic collapse of the early 1990s. Today it confronts an array of disturbing social trends, notably a population of more than one million hikikomori: the young men who shut themselves in their rooms, withdrawing from society. There is also a growing numbers of ìparasite singlesî: single women who refuse to leave home, marry, or bear children.

In this trenchant investigation, Michael Zielenziger argues that Japan's tradition-steeped society, its aversion to change, and its distrust of individuality are stifling economic revival, political reform, and social evolution. Shutting Out the Sun is a bold explanation of Japan's stagnation and its implications for the rest of the world.

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Author Michael Zielenziger
Publisher Vintage Books
Page Count 340pp
Publication Size 5 x 8
Publication Notes Softcover
Publication Date September 2007
ISBN 978-1400077793

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