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Crime in Japan: Paradise Lost?: Book by Dag Leonardsen

Crime in Japan: Paradise Lost?

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ISBN: 9780230235540    Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Year of publishing: 2010     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 264        
Is Japan still a low-crime nation? Is Japan still an inclusive society characterized by nurturant acceptance? What happens to a Confucian culture like Japan during economic depression? Based on available...Read more
Is Japan still a low-crime nation? Is Japan still an inclusive society characterized by nurturant acceptance? What happens to a Confucian culture like Japan during economic depression? Based on available statistics, public documents, research and media reports, this book aims at answering these questions. In this book, Dag Leonardsen maintains that even though crime has been increasing in Japan during the last ten to fifteen years, a more worrying development concerns suicide and social withdrawal (hikikomori). Japanese society seems to be reacting to increasing social problems partly by 'blaming the victim' (criminal justice policy) and partly by 'ignoring the victim' (regarding suicide and social withdrawal). Even though Japan still could be described as a low-crime society, social problems remain.
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About the author: Dag Leonardsen
DAG LEONARDSEN is Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Health and Social Studies, Lillehammer University College, Norway. His main areas of research... Read more
DAG LEONARDSEN is Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Health and Social Studies, Lillehammer University College, Norway. His main areas of research are within crime in Japan, welfare sociology, political analysis and social impact assessment. He is the author of Japan as a Low-Crime Nation (Palgrave).
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