By Alex Kerr
A spectacular evaluate of the disasters and successes of recent Japan.
In Dogs and Demons, Alex Kerr chronicles the numerous elements of Japan's contemporary, and persistent, crises -- from the failure of its banks and pension cash to the decline of its as soon as outstanding glossy cinema. he's the 1st to provide an entire document at the nation's endangered surroundings -- its shores covered with concrete, its roads resulting in nowhere within the mountains -- in addition to its "monument frenzy," the destruction of outdated towns similar to Kyoto and building of drab new ones, and the attendant cave in of its vacationer undefined. Kerr writes with humor and keenness, for "passion," he says, "is a part of the tale. thousands of jap consider as heartbroken at what's going as I do. My jap acquaintances inform me, 'Please write this -- for us.'"
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