Social Frameworks for Civil Society in Japan: In Search for a Japanese Model

  • Chimaki Kurokawa
Part of the Nonprofit and Civil Society Studies book series (NCSS)


Civil society in every country has taken different courses of development, and each of them has its own characteristics largely influenced by that country’s social frameworks. The main goal of this chapter is to relate the development course of civil society in Japan with the social, political, and economic frameworks of the entire society - to explore the determining and deterrent factors behind the development of civil society in the modern history of Japan. While Japan has undoubtedly become a member of the industrialized nations of the world, there remain many incongruous practices in almost every corner of the society: in administration, politics, business, schools, police service, unions, media etc. They are deeply related to the paternal and authoritative values, embedded in the social systems as the stumbling blocks for development of civil society. In the latter part of this chapter, several major changes addressing such areas of governance since the 1980s are...


Local Government Civil Society Prime Minister Labor Union Liberal Democratic Party 
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