Japan's Hunger for Growth: Environment as Political Symbolism

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dc.contributor.author Kokubun, Naoko
dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-02T19:55:20Z
dc.date.available 2014-01-02T19:55:20Z
dc.date.copyright 2013 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014-01-02
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5123
dc.description.abstract In the afterglow of Japan’s dramatic economic growth during the post-war period, the growth mentality is still apparent in contemporary Japan. The powerful business communities that helped the industrialization of the country are still structurally interconnected with the political elites. As a result, the growth interests of the corporations are reflected in industrial and environmental policies. Public opinion is deliberately shaped to allow the growth ideology while the environment is used as a symbol to be protected. This thesis will analyse how public opinion and responses are manipulated so that the growth goals are achieved under the guise of national benefit. This thesis will examine two cases of growth politics: nuclear policy and the Eco Town project in Japan to analyse the influence of the growth mentality and the linkages. The conclusion is that if Japan continues to overreach for economic growth at the cost of the environment and if public scrutiny is kept to a minimum, Japan will fail to secure either economic or environmental sustainability. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Nuclear power plants en_US
dc.subject Eco-Town project en_US
dc.subject Japanese political institution en_US
dc.subject Growth politics en_US
dc.subject Environmental politics en_US
dc.subject Symbolic politics en_US
dc.title Japan's Hunger for Growth: Environment as Political Symbolism en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Lawson, James Charles Barkley
dc.degree.department Department of Political Science en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.rights.temp Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0615 en_US

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