SHUTTING OUT THE SUN: How Japan Created Its Own Lost Generation by Michael Zielenziger

Publisher Nan Talese/Doubleday, Current Affairs, September 2006

An insider's view of modern-day Japan that explores its unique, disturbing social trends, which have not before been analyzed in an English-language book.

By focusing on Japan's psychological malaise and confining social institutions, Shutting Out the Sun explains how the rigidity of its tradition-steeped society, and its refusal to accept the cries for individual creativity and social trust endemic to modernity, ultimately stifle Japan's economic growth and political evolution. Disquieting and politically controversial, Zielenziger's assessment of Japan is both smart and unconventional; it offers a powerful new paradigm for understanding Japan's present and future, and the implications for the rest of the Asia-Pacific region and the United States.

Michael Zielenziger has written extensively about social, economic, and political trends in Japan, Korea, China, and Southeast Asia. He was a finalist for a 1995 Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting and was also a contributor to two other Pulitzer Prizes awarded to The Mercury News. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and is a 2003 recipient of an Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council of New York.

Full of surprises and fresh discoveries, Shutting Out the Sun convincingly explains why the great Japanese juggernaut has faltered--and it does so with intelligence, insight and verve. It's the keenest view of the Japanese character since Ruth Benedict's classic The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, and a worthy successor.
-- Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb

"What makes Michael Zielenziger's account so useful and attractive is his focus on the real people who make up modern Japan. He shows what the change in Japan's overall fortunes has done to them, and how their response affects their country's future prospects-- and its effects on the world. This is a fascinating look at a limitlessly intriguing culture."
-- James Fallows, author of Blind Into Bagdad and Looking at the Sun: The Rise of New East Asian Economic and Political Systems

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