"A theme is that Japan has been a sort of Galapagos, somewhat isolated from the world, with advantages and problems stemming from this. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."
"In Reinventing Japan, Martin Fackler, Yoichi Funabashi, and a dozen distinguished specialists have tackled the pernicious stereotype that Japan is stagnant, isolated, and inward looking. In essays ranging across architecture, popular culture, scientific achievement, aging and social welfare, the ecology of start-ups, Asian tourism, disaster recovery, and Northeast Asian geopolitics, Reinventing Japan places contemporary Japanese society, culture, politics, and economy squarely in the middle of dynamic issues of globalism, innovation, and creativity. This is an important book for everyone concerned with Japan's place in the world today."
"Reinventing Japan describes the Japan of today and its likely future. Unlike those who suppose Japan is still in a ‘lost decade,' the authors prove with striking examples that Japan is already generating new ideas in all directions that affect the whole world."
"Reinventing Japan re-orients our attention to Japan's recent past and its future prospects. It challenges the narrative of the so-called lost decades by identifying important realms of innovation, and points to important lessons which others might yet learn from Japan's experience."
"In the 1980s, Japan was respected for its industrial and technological prowess yet mocked as chronically ‘uncool.' How things have changed: 21st-century Japan is a cultural leader, attracting global tourists in droves and setting quality and design standards across the consumer sector. Reinventing Japan is one of the first books to explore the roots of this critical change in the country's international reputation, providing implications for how Japan's politicians and industrial sectors can also ride the culture wave to new successes."
"Martin Fackler, Yoichi Funabashi, and their colleagues lead us through a searching exploration of Japan's many strengths and accomplishments—often unrecognized—and its lurking potential for future greatness. From basic science to anime and popular culture, together with innovations in human security, sustainable development, and social resiliency, Japan is on the cutting edge. Reinventing Japan provides the most compelling and eloquent statement yet about what Japan has to offer the world—and why, now more than ever, the world needs Japan."