By David Pilling
"[A]n first-class book..." —The Economist
Financial instances Asia editor David Pilling provides a clean imaginative and prescient of Japan, drawing on his personal deep event, in addition to observations from a move part of jap citizenry, together with novelist Haruki Murakami, former best minister Junichiro Koizumi, industrialists and bankers, activists and artists, childrens and octogenarians. via their voices, Pilling's Bending Adversity captures the dynamism and variety of up to date Japan.
Pilling's exploration starts off with the 2011 triple catastrophe of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. His deep reporting finds either Japan's vulnerabilities and its resilience and pushes him to appreciate the country's previous via cycles of hindrance and reconstruction. Japan's survivalist mentality has carried it via great trouble, yet is additionally the resource of serious destruction: It used to be the nineteenth-century fight to thrust back colonial reason that led to Japan's personal imperial recreation, culminating within the devastation of global conflict II. Even the postwar financial miracle—the production and trade explosion that introduced unheard of fiscal development and earned Japan foreign clout could have been a much less natural victory than it appeared. In Bending Adversity Pilling questions what was once misplaced within the country's blind, aborted climb to number one. With an identical rigor, he revisits 1990—the 12 months the commercial bubble burst, and the start of Japan's "lost decades"—to ask if the turning aspect will be seen otherwise. whereas monetary fight and nationwide debt are a truth, post-growth Japan has additionally effectively maintained a sturdy way of life and social team spirit. And whereas existence has develop into much less yes, opportunities—in specific for the younger and for women—have diversified.
Still, Japan is in lots of methods a rustic in restoration, operating to discover a fashion ahead after the occasions of 2011 and many years of gradual progress. Bending Adversity closes with a mirrored image on what the 2012 reelection of leading Minister Shinzo Abe, and his radical antideflation coverage, may suggest for Japan and its destiny. trained all through by means of the insights shared by means of Pilling's many interview matters, Bending Adversity conscientiously engages with the social, non secular, monetary, and political lifetime of Japan to create a extra nuanced illustration of the oft-misunderstood island country and its people.
The monetary Times
"David Pilling costs a vacationing MP from northern England, dazzled by means of Tokyo's lighting and awed through its bustling prosperity: 'If it is a recession, i would like one.' now not the least of the benefits of Pilling's highly stress-free and perceptive publication on Japan is that he locations the denunciations of 2 allegedly "lost decades" within the context of what the rustic is de facto like and its genuine achievements."
The Telegraph (UK)
"Pilling, the Asia editor of the monetary instances, is completely put to be our advisor, and his insights are a true rarity whilst only a few Western reporters converse the essence of the world's third-largest economic system in whatever however the such a lot superficial methods. the following, there's a fantastic collection of interview matters combined with nice reportage and truth selection... he does get humans to claim terrific issues. The novelist Haruki Murakami tells him: "When we have been wealthy, I hated this country"... well-written... valuable."
Publishers Weekly (starred):
"A probing and insightful portrait of latest Japan."...
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