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Transformation of Japan’s Civil Society Landscape
Journal of East Asian Studies (2007)
  • Mary Alice Haddad, Wesleyan University
Japan’s civil society is being transformed as more people volunteer for advocacy and professional nonprofit organizations. In the American context, this trend has been accompanied by a decline in participation in traditional organizations. Does the rise in new types of nonprofit groups herald a decline of traditional volunteering in Japan? This article argues that while changes in civil rights, political opportunity structure, and technology have also taken place in Japan, they have contributed to the rise of new groups without causing traditional organizations to decline, because Japanese attitudes about civic responsibility have continued to support traditional volunteering.
Publication Date
September, 2007
Citation Information
Mary Alice Haddad. "Transformation of Japan’s Civil Society Landscape" Journal of East Asian Studies Vol. 7 Iss. 3 (2007)
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