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    DescriptionJapan's Tipping Point is a small book on a huge topic. In the post-Fukushima era, Japan is the "canary in the coal mine" for the rest of the world. Can Japan radically shift its energy policy, become greener, more self-sufficient, and avoid catastrophic impacts on the climate? Mark Pendergrast arrived in Japan exactly two months after the Fukushima meltdown. This book is his eye-opening account of his trip and his alarming conclusions. Japan is at a crucial tipping point. A developed country that must import all of its fossil fuel, it can no longer rely on nuclear power, following the massive earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011. Critically acclaimed nonfiction writer Mark Pendergrast went to Japan to investigate Japan's renewable energy, Eco-Model Cities, food policy, recycling, and energy conservation, expecting to find innovative, cutting edge programs.He discovered that he had been naive. The Japanese boast of their eco-services for eco-products in eco-cities. Yet they rely primarily on imported fossil fuel and nuclear power, live in energy-wasteful homes, and import 60% of their food. That may be changing in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Maybe. But as Pendergrast documents, Japan lags far behind Europe, the United States, and even (in some respects) China in terms of renewable energy efforts. And Japan is mired in bureaucracy, political in-fighting, indecision, puffery, public apathy, and cultural attitudes that make rapid change difficult. Yet Japan is also one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with friendly, resilient people who can, when motivated, pull together to accomplish incredible things.As an island nation, Japan offers a microcosmic look at the problems facing the rest of the globe. And as Japan tips, so may the world.Mark Pendergrast, the author of books such as For God, Country and Coca-Cola, Uncommon Grounds, and Inside the Outbreaks, entertains as he enlightens. As he wrote in Japan's Tipping Point: "The rest of this account might seem a strange combination of critical analysis, travelogue, absurdist non-fiction, and call to action. It might be called 'Mark's Adventures in Japanland: Or, Apocalyptic Visions in a Noodle Shop.'"


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    Title
    Japan's Tipping Point
    Subtitle
    Crucial Choices in the Post-Fukushima World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Pendergrast
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 122
    Width: 150 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 5 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780982900437
    ISBN 10: 0982900430
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: TRG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T14.3
    BIC subject category V2: WTH
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FPJ
    Libri: I-TT
    Ingram Subject Code: TT
    Ingram Theme: CULT/JAPANS
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26430
    BIC subject category V2: RNPG
    BISAC V2.8: SCI024000, TRV003050, SCI092000
    Publisher
    Nature's Face Publications
    Imprint name
    Nature's Face Publications
    Publication date
    01 November 2011