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The Changing Academic Profession in Japan

Akira Arimoto, William K. Cummings, Futao Huang, Jung Cheol Shin (Eds.), The Changing Academic Profession in Japan, Vol. 11 of the Series: The Changing Academy – The Changing Academic Profession in International Comparative Perspective, 2015. ISBN 978-3-319-09468-7. Pages: 270.

This volume discusses the impact of internationalization, marketization and national policies on the Japanese academic profession, by providing an empirical and qualitative analysis of its nature and extent, with a special focus on the changes that occurred in the period between 1992 and 2007. Based on responses to two comprehensive surveys administered to faculty samples with a similar questionnaire, the book presents key aspects of the academic activities and views of Japanese faculty members. Divided into five sections, the book describes the changing social, economic and educational environment, academic organization and life, productivity, as well as the effects of the profession on society. The last section describes the Japanese academic profession as observed from the USA and Asia. In addition to its focus on empirical analysis, the book makes use of historical and comparative perspectives to explore the various aspects of the changes that have occurred in the academic profession in this non-English-speaking country. Springer