A very unique look at Japan, both their future and their future Japan Restored tackles a variety of topics in an attempt to create and explain a plan that will save Japan from economic and other types disaster At the beginning of each chapter, Prestowitz creates a science fiction like narrative of you, the reader, on your second visit to Japan the first being in the year 2015 The chapters then go on to explain where Japan was in 2015 and earlier and how it theoretically got to strong economic, medical and social point is during your fictional visit This narrative falls short in the final chapter when Prestowitz seems to imply that the book is for the Japanese and those who are connected to Japan in some way, thus erasing the need for the type of narrative he s constructed Prestowitz s plans seem well thought out, but he often repeats himself, taking away from the actual ideas he creates We read, repeatedly, some of the same ideas not even given to us in different contexts That s not to say this isn t a valuable book, because it is It does give Japan and perhaps the rest of the world as well , something to attain Drawing from real world examples, Prestowitz s book is a very positive look on the future of not just Japan, but the rest of the world, an outlook which is often overlooked Unfortunately, Prestowitz does not address many important issues, such as natural disasters except those of the past, such as the tsunami that changed Japan s reliance on nuclear power nor disease outbreaks that seemandcommon Though it reads like science fiction in many sections, the overall message is that Japan can right itself from it s sinking trajectory, but it must start immediately This is a message, I think, that all nations could take to heart If only they would Note this book was provided as an arc by the publisher. Rating 2.2A book that looks at how Japan can become prominent again, written from the view of a person who is making a second visit to Japan in 2050 after 30 years It s a fresh way of writing politics, but the writing style distracts the reader from a few good points he makes, and is much better off without it.Most of his points are not new e.g Abenomics is not enough and many of them are very debatable e.g that Malaysia and Indonesia would not exportoil and gas to Japan to make sure the rest of ASEAN has enough supply Mr Prestowitz is not an expert on Japanese and East Asian politics, and it shows. Clyde Prestowitz spent decades doing business with and living in Japan Japan Restored explores some of the most challenging issues in Japan today its bureaucracy, its economic stagnation, its conservative family values, and suggests numerous policy suggestions to reverse course and alignclosely with other democratic global leaders.Japan Restored is a departure from most books on international affairs that I have read Instead of narrating the ground truth in Japan, Prestowitz writes a prescriptive future history where his personal policy recommendations are played out The reason other books shy away from this task is that policy recommendations arenuanced, require substantial research and focus on a narrower topic Prestovitz outlines his recommendations, but left me intrigued rather than convinced by his proposals Sometimes the proposals were reasonable, others less so advocating for the privatization of municipal elementary and middle schools would take a book of its own Ultimately the future storytelling served as a crutch for Prestowitz to be hand wavey because in the end, the positive outcome in his future narrative excuses a lack of rigor in argument construction.There is a lot to like about Japan Restored I am sympathetic to many of the policy proposals There sdetail than a typical Atlantic article But I found myself wishing that Prestowitz would have further scoped the book to build a stronger argument, or gone whole hog with the future Japan story and dispensed with the skimpy policy analysis. Once a global powerhouse in economy and innovation, the author argues that Japan today was a shadow of its former self Whatever brings Japan to its claim to greatness today ends up choking itself The lifetime employment, its trade practice, its stagnation, everything In this book, the author explains the challenges Japan face today, what has been done by them, and what is to be done I can see that Japan is in trouble if these problems were not solved Overall, it is an informative book for everyone who wishes to know why Japan lags behind China and South Korea today, although the author s vision of Japan 2050 annoys me. Labor economist and author Clyde Prestowitz projects Japan 35 years in the future this deftly handled study of sensitive issues disguised as a love letter to a country to which he s been connected for 50 years Japan s economic decline after the 2011 tsunami spurred this peek into a crystal ball It remains to be seen whether Prestowitz is psychi. An interesting thought piece that asks what if Japan launched a third modern reinvention The answer it seems would be national and global changes as big as those unleashed by the first two Japanese reinventions the Meiji Restoration that modernized Japan and the post war recovery that built the economic powerhouse of the second half of the 20th century There are a lot of what ifs that have to come together to make things happen, but if any nation is capable of this it would be Japan It s also interesting to note that the seeds of many of the changes needed have already been planted All that remains to be seen is if action is taken to grow those seeds to something . How Japan Can Reinvent Itself And Why This Is Important For America And The WorldIn , The Book Japan As Number One Lessons For America By Harvard University Professor Ezra Vogel Caused A Sensation In The United States By Pointing Out That Japan Was Surpassing America As World Economic Leader The Book Remains To This Day The All Time Bestseller In Japan Of Non Fiction By A Western Author The Book Was Timely Japan S Subsequent Bubble Era Of The S Saw The Country Booming But Since The Economic Bubble Burst At The Start Of The S, Japan Has Been In Decline Japan Restored By Clyde Prestowitz, Taking Up Vogel S Baton, Is Written As A Vision Of Japan In The YearWhen The Country S Economic Recovery Has Made It A World Leader In Every Area Of Human Endeavor Prestowitz Looks Back To The Present Year As Such A Low Point For Japan That A Special Reform Commission Was Set Up That Helped The Country Regain Its Former Position As A Leader In Technology, In Business, And Geopolitically Looking At Education, Innovation, The Role Of Women, Corporate Organization, Energy, Infrastructure, Domestic Government, And International Alliances Prestowitz Draws Up A Fascinating And Controversial Blueprint For The Future Success Of Japan As The Eyes Of The World Turn Towards Japan In The Run Up To TheOlympics, Japan Restored Is As Timely As TheVogel Book That Inspired It 3.5 stars.
Clyde Prestowitz born 1941 is the founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute He formerly served as counselor to the Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan Administration He is a labor economist
- 288 pages
- Japan Restored
- Clyde V. Prestowitz Jr.
- 07 November 2018 Clyde V. Prestowitz Jr.