"The Origins of the Modern Japanese Bureaucracy", Has been Published


October 31, a book titled " The Origins of the Modern Japanese Bureaucracy '" (Bllomsbury Publishing: London) by Yuichiro Shimizu, a member of the Keio University Global Research Institute (KGRI), has been published.

The book traces the rise of the modern Japanese bureaucracy from the Meiji Restoration to the Taisho era. Combining careful political analysis with vivid personal stories, the book offers a cutting-edge analysis of how individual ambition, new educational institutions, and incipient state structures interacted to create a modern government based not on lineage or status but on merit and talent.

Sections of the book that examine the origins of universities and government exams in Japan, replete with whimsical, all-too-familiar stories of college students and their professors, are particularly well suited for use in undergraduate classes; for graduate students and scholars in modern Japanese history, politics, or sociology, the book promises to be at once an indispensable reference text and a stimulating theoretical interlocutor.

Table of contents
Translator's Preface
1. The Making of Restoration Bureaucrats
2. Developing Human Resources for a New Regime
3. Building a Constitutional System: The 1870s and 1880s
4. Higher Education and the Constitutional Era
5. The Age of Constitutional Government: From Oligarch-Bureaucrats to Scholar-Bureaucrats, 1890s-1910s
6. Developing Human Resources under Taisho Democracy

More details on the book can be found on BLOOMSBURY's website.
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