All the while japans balance of payment was in its

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NY’s Rockefeller Centre. All the while, Japan’s balance of payment was in its favour. However, the buying frenzy that was underway was bound to pop. Meanwhile, the LDP was coming unglued as the next two prime ministers after Nakasone were forced to resign due to their corrupt activities and the third was a weak leader.From January to October 1990 the stock market fell 48% and in 1991 a recession “set in.”
6.Social Change and Quality of Life: Describe the impact of affluence upon Japanese bodies, food, and dress. Describe the impact of consumerism and economic expansion upon traditional Japanese lifestyles, the gap between urban and rural wealth and lifestyle, and the environment. What was the government’sresponse to the later and the efforts of common people to force the government toprovide compensation for their damaged health (as in the case of the Minamata Disease)? Describe the government’s/Japanese companies’ contradictory policiesand actions toward the environment. Describe the challenges young adults face in starting a family as well as the generation gap. Describe the lifestyles of young people: Their entertainment, their view of work, their struggle to attend a good university, their marriage choices. Describe the changing role of women in Japan and their relations with their husbands and the significance of the 1985 Equal Opportunity Act. Describe the plight of the elderly. Describe various groups that are discontent. Describe the various roles religions play in Japanese life and the development of the CleanGovernment Party (Soka Gakkai)? A better diet “produced a new generation taller and healthier than their elders.” Moreover, people’s life expectancy increased so that the Japanese people had the world’s
highest rate of life expectancy. People ate more fish and meat; dairy products and coffee werepart of their daily diet. American fast food outlets—Macdonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Dairy Queen—spread from Tokyo to the provinces. People wore jeans while the kimono was worn only for special events. While many people achieved the dream of owning a car, the highways became incredibly congested. While public transportation remained excellent, during Tokyo rush hours, professional “pushers” had to cram people into overflowing subways. Its impact on the gap between urban and rural wealth and lifestyle. Rural poverty declined esp., as the LDP kept the price of rice hi, and the TV further reduced the gap started by the radio. Meanwhile Japanese still read newspapers. The environment was greatly damaged by unplanned development:•“Japan’s industrial zone, running along the Pacific coast from Tokyo to northern Kyushu, developed into a polluter’s paradise that choked its residents and ruined coastal fishing. Automobile and smokestack fumes continued into a toxicsmog.”“Only after Tokyo became enshrouded in semi perpetual screen of smog did the government take action.” The most “notorious” case of the government inaction was the Minamata Disease caused by people eating poisoned fish “contaminated by the methyl mercury discharged from a fertilizer plant in Kyushu in 1953. Due to the coverup by the

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