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East & Southeast Asia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources
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Japan: Social Conditions & Issues
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Annual Report on Government Measures for Persons with Disabilities (Summary) 2003 Report by the Cabinet Office (Dec. 2003)
Annual Report on the Aging Society Submitted annually to the Diet by the government since 1996: Status of Aging and Implementation of Measures for the Aging Society; planned Measures for the Aging Society
Buraku Liberation & Human Rights Research Institute (in Japanese & English) Homepage of "one of the leading research institutes aimed to eliminate all forms of discrimination, particularly Buraku problem in Japan"
Citizen's Basic Living Survey 平成12年 国民生活基礎調査の概況 (in Japanese) A government survey with extensive tables for 2000 (released Aug. 2002)
The Demographic Dilemma: Japan's Aging Society Woodrow Wilson Center Asia Special Report by John Creighton Campbell, Paul S. Hewitt, & Chikako Usui (Jan. 2003; PDF format)
Demography, Asia, East, Japan congsang.net's bibliography of scholarly articles (PDF format)
Content-Rich Education Statistics Official data from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, & Technology
The Educational System of Japan: Case Study Findings A U.S. Department of Education publication (June 1998)
The End of Isolation: Hansen's Disease in Japan Ryuichi Kitano's essay in Harvard Asia Quarterly (Summer 2002)
Failure Database Project (in Japanese) Government project cataloging notable failures in Japanese society
A Foreign Country in Japan: Sugamo Prison Ishida Takeshi's review of Utsumi Aiko's Sugamo Prison: The Peace Movement of the War Criminals in the context of contemporary problems of Japanese society (Japan Focus, July 2004)
GayNet Japan (GNJ) "a non-profit community service organization ... provid[ing] a friendly, at-home, supportive atmosphere for gay people"
In Pictures: Japan's Homeless A BBC News photo essay on "a park in Osaka where residents have formed a homeless people's association"
Japan, Land of Rising Poverty J Sean Curtin on problems arising from social changes over the last decade, "particularly the massive rise in divorces involving children" (Asia Times, Feb. 11, 2005)
Japan Cabinet Office: White Papers: English; Japanese Reports on social conditions & government policy
Japan's Baby Bust: Causes, Implications, and Policy Responses Robert D. Retherford and Naohiro Ogawa on Japan's fertility trend ( East-West Center Working Papers, Population and Health Series, Apr. 2005; PDF format)
Japan's Changing Labor Structure Japan Times editorial (Aug. 24, 2004)
The Japanese Association for Death Education and Grief Counseling (in Japanese & English) Non-profit organization aiming "to provide a forum available to all through which the issues of living and dying can be approached and studied, and action taken where necessary"
Japan's Aging Population: A Challenge For its Economy and Society An AsiaTODAY special report (Oct. 7, 2003): analysis & commentary; news; background; links
Content-Rich Government Policies in Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology 2002 From the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, & Technology
Content-Rich The Japan Institute for Labour Policy & Training (in Japanese & English) News; research reports; Japan Labor Review; statistics; The Japanese Journal of Labour Studies; events & information; links
The Japanese Mafia, Yakuza An essay on the origins, history, structure & activities of the Yakuza
Let's Pollute: A Tribute to Japan's Disregard for the Environment An essay for Electronic Green Journal by Xavier E. Gros (Dec. 1999)
Male Homosexuality and Popular Culture in Modern Japan Mark McLelland's paper in Intersections (Issue 3, Jan. 2000)
National Health Insurance Systems From Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA), an explanation of Japan's system of universal health coverage
Once More the Doctors have Disappeared from the Okinawan Islands Moriguchi Katsu on the acute shortage of medical personnel in Okinawa (Japan Focus, July 2004)
Owed Justice: Thai Women Trafficked into Debt Bondage in Japan A Human Rights Watch report (September 2000)
Population Aging in Japan: Demographic Shock and Fiscal Sustainability An International Monetary Fund Working Paper by Hamid Faruqee & Martin Muhleisen (April 2001)
Quality-of-Life Policy Government white papers on the national lifestyle; national surveys on national lifestyle; documents related to consumer policy
Re-thinking Rural Japan Nishida Yoshiaki and Ann Waswo on the emerging debate about the future of farming & of food in Japan (Japan Focus, July 2004)
Sendai Castle: the Uses & Abuses of Heritage John Morris's page on the controversy over the plan to restore Sendai Castle
Social Watch Country Report: Japan Compiled by an international network checking on the fulfillment of internationally agreed commitments on poverty eradication & equality: present situation; progress & regression; signatures & ratifications
Speaking of Life: Life Histories of the Institutionalised Elderly in Kotobuki Yongmei Wu's paper in Intersections (Issue 7, March 2002)
Viewed from the Inside Out: Beyond the Behavioristic Approach to Japanese Classrooms Essay by Sawako Suzuki in Harvard Asia Quarterly (Autumn 2000)
White Paper on Traffic Safety in Japan Presented annually to the Diet by the Cabinet Office: traffic accidents & safety measures during the last fiscal year; traffic safety measures for implementation during current fiscal year (PDF format)
Why does the Hokkaido Popular Education Research Movement Really Matter? Elena Kolesova on "groups of schoolteachers and academics who have challenged official education policy in Japan over the past century" (Proceedings of the 15th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia in Canberra, 2004; PDF format)
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