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At the Margins of a Liberal‐Democratic State: Ethnic Minorities in Japan Lam Peng‐Er

Lam Peng-Er

in Multiculturalism in Asia

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199277629
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199277621.003.0010
 						At the Margins of a Liberal‐Democratic State: Ethnic Minorities in Japan Lam Peng‐Er

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This chapter examines why Western liberal theories of minorities rights have not been adopted in Japan. It argues that while the Japanese state is relatively liberal, Japanese society is not. Although the state, particularly local governments, has adopted more enlightened policies towards minorities, Japanese society is often discriminatory towards minorities. This social conservatism and illiberalism limits the sorts of minority policies that the state can adopt.

Keywords: Japan; minority rights; ethnic minorities; liberal democracy; minority policy; discrimination

Chapter.  8490 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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