The Happy Youth of a Desperate Country

The Happy Youth of a Desperate Country

The Disconnect between Japan's Malaise and Its Millennials

Furuichi Noritoshi
Translated by Raj Mahtani

Japan Library series
Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture

Social Sciences

¥3,600 + tax

ISBN 9784916055835
220 mm x 148 mm / 294 pp. / March 2017

Young people in present-day Japan, a socially-polarized society, have been reportedly "unhappy." According to statistics, however, 80 percent of them are currently "satisfied" with life. By drawing attention to this very fact, The Happy Youth of a Desperate Country, a magnum opus by acclaimed sociologist Noritoshi Furuichi, has revolutionized the discourse on youth theory in Japan. Containing more than six hundred footnotes, this work offers a probing examination of the portrait of "young people" and serves as the definitive edition for anyone seeking to attain a wide-ranging grasp of Japan and its "young people," from a defining voice of their generation.

FURUICHI Noritoshi
Noritoshi Furuichi was born in 1985 in Tokyo. He is a sociologist and a senior researcher at the Keio Research Institute at Shonan Fujisawa Campus. While still enrolled at The University of Tokyo, where he was as studying in a Ph.D. program, he drew much attention with the publication of Zetsubō no kuni no kōfuku na wakamono-tachi (The Happy Youth of a Desperate Country; Kodansha, 2011). A recipient of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Ikushi Prize, he is also active in a wide variety of fields, including TV shows, in which he makes a ppearances as an emcee and commentator; in the field of publishing; and in politics as a member of a committee of experts at governmental conferences.

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Japan Library series
Social Science

Japan Publishing Industry Foundation for Culture

¥3,600 + tax
ISBN 9784916055835
220 mm x 148 mm / 294 pp. / March 2017

ISBN 9784866582467

ISBN 9784866580111 (ePub)
ISBN 9784916055989 (PDF)

Translator's Note / Preface to the English Edition / Introduction / 1. The Rise and Fall of “Young People” / 2. The Restless Young / 3. The “Collapse” of “Japan”? / 4. The Youths Who Stand Up for Japan / 5. The Great East Japan Earthquake and the Young People Who Met Expectations / 6. The Happy Youth of a Desperate Country / Supplementary Chapter: A Conversation with Takeru Satō / Afterword / Afterword to the English Edition / Acknowledgments / Acknowledgments for the English Edition




Original Japanese Edition


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