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Books you should read to help you understand Japan


Patrick McKenzie recommends these 3 books:

An Introduction to Japanese Society: Yoshio Sugimoto: 9780521705196

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Making Common Sense of Japan (Pitt Series in Policy and Institutional Studies): Steven R. Reed: 9780822955108

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Landed: The guide to buying property in Japan: Christopher Dillon: 9789881714732

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Patrick McKenzie says,

Principal - Kalzumeus

Essentialization is a persistent problem with most writing about foreign cultures. The best antidote for it ever with regards to Japan is an out-of-print book Making Common Sense of Japan. My single favourite recommendation for foreigners: An Introduction To Japanese Society, Sugimoto. The book is sweeping in breadth and does the best job I’ve ever seen at adequately representing the diversity of life here for a foreign audience. And, if you are looking for a book about Japanese real estate in English, check out Landed Japan by Christopher Dillon.

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