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Week 8: Class – “middle class Japan”, wealth and poverty
Statistical Handbook of Japan:
Read Chapter 10, “Commerce” and Chapter 11, “Trade, International Balance of Payments, and International Cooperation”
Before you watch the video, access this page in the OECD website. It shows Japan’s “Poverty rate” in international comparison. It also gives the internationally recognized definitions of poverty. Note where “rich country” Japan sits in the rankings of international poverty.Other Video Materials:
Let’s contrast the two ends of the Japanese social spectrum, the imperial family and the “working poor” or homeless.
YouTube Documentary: “Homelessness in Japan” (Parts 1-5)
Consider this five-part video series to be a complete “guest lecture” for our course, with much of the analysis by Professor Tom Gill of Meiji Gakuin University.
Academic Articles (for the Active Learning Hours Portfolio):
Yoshio Sugimoto, “Class and Work in Cultural Capitalism”
Tiefenbach and Kohlbacher, “Happiness and life satisfaction in Japan by gender and age”
Washington Post, “The last retreat of Japan’s nobility”
Yuriko Koike, “Why inequality is different in Japan”
Guardian, “The three degree world”