Rural Japan during the twentieth century has been portrayed as a vast reservoir of conservatism in much of the literature on Japan's modern development, and Japanese agriculture since the 1960s has been treated as an artificial creation sustained only by protectionism of the worst sort.
This book presents a range of original, in-depth work, including work by Japanese scholars, that seeks to move beyond such stereotypes to reveal the diversity and complexities of rural life in Japan from 1900 to the present.
Ann Waswo is Lecturer in Modern Japanese History at the University of Oxford, a member of the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies and a fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford.
Professor Nishida Yoshiaki is Emeritus Professor, University of Tokyo and Professor in the Faculty of Economics, Kanazawa University, Japan.
'This volume provides a useful histoircal survey of Japanese argriculture and farm communities in the twentieth century.' - The Journal of Asian Studies