Now available for purchase.
This extensively revised fourth edition offers strengthened coverage of environmental history, including discussion of the relationship of social, political, economic, and cultural life with the natural environment.
• Forestry and reforestation from the Tokugawa era to present
• Dams, hydroelectric power, and the environment
• National parks, environmental protection, and exploitation in the twentieth century
• Environmental impact and context for energy policy, from the nineteenth century to present
• Coal mining, oil, and nuclear power
• Development of Hokkaido and its impact on the environment
• Environmental pollution, popular responses, government policy, from the nineteenth century to present
• Expanded discussion of earthquakes and tsunami
• Impact of Japanese rule on the environment in Japan’s colonies and occupied territories
It updates political and economic developments since 2013, and offers more new treatment of:
• the place of the monarchy in education in the prewar and postwar eras
• the reasons for Japan’s surrender in 1945
• employment practices since the 1980s