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"Lisa Countryman vanishes in Tokyo yet nobody appears to be like in a selected hurry to discover her. the yank embassy reliable assigned to her case, Tom Hurley, can't be afflicted, entangled as he's in an unsavory love affair with the spouse of a CIA officer. The neurotic jap cop answerable for the research, Kenzo Ota, is both preoccupied, ridiculed through his friends, demeaned through his superiors, his lifestyles a lonely shambles. Worse, it seems that Lisa has disappeared into the shadow global of Tokyo's intercourse alternate, the place a bewildering and sometimes comical number of golf equipment cater to each conceivable male fantasy." "The secret of her disappearance is intertwined with the secret of her origins as an ainoko, or half-breed. For Lisa, who's part African American and part Asian, alienation and belonging, love and hate, are sure up with race. all of the characters' loyalties are divided - among their nations of foundation and their adoptive nationalities, among their society's traditions and their very own feel of justice - as they yearn to discover the place they really belong." kingdom of foundation is an exploration of the which means of id and belonging.

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Dieses Verhältnis verkehrt sich aber bis zum Jahre 1991: Nur noch 29,3 Prozent der Befragten klassifizieren ihre eigene Ehe als arrangiert. Demgegenüber geben 64,7 Prozent an, aus Liebe geheiratet zu haben (Population Problems Research CounciI1992: 16). Fassen wir die Betrachtungen dieses Abschnitts kurz zusammen. Die Bedeutung der Arbeit, jenes Lebensbereichs, der bisher für das Individuum in der japanischen Gesellschaft als zentral erachtet wurde, schwindet zusehends und wird von der Wichtigkeit anderer Lebensbereiche überholt.

Ebenso sicher ist aber auch, daß die soziale Funktion von Stereotypen nicht darin liegt, die gesellschaftliche und historische Realität abzubilden: ,,Der Japaner" wird vielmehr zu einem ,,Anderen", dessen gesellschaftliche Funktion darin besteht, uns in seiner Andersartigkeit zu zeigen, wie wir nicht sind und vor allem nicht zu sein haben. Die hier kursorisch beschriebene Sicht J apans sagt also letzten Endes mehr über die Angehörigen der westlichen Kulturen aus denn über die Japaner. Das folgt logisch aus der ordnungsstiftenden Aufgabe von Stereotypen.

Letzteres vor allem bei der Aufsicht über die Banken, die traditionell große Probleme mit der Eigenkapitalquote haben und seit der jüngsten Rezession in erheblichen Schwierigkeiten sind, in der Versicherungsbranche und der Telekommunikation, wo sich allerdings seit dem Frühjahr 1997 weitere Deregulierungsschritte abzeichnen. Im gesamten Bereich der Industrie (im engeren Sinne) finden wir jedenfalls seit fast zwei Jahrzehnten keine vertikale Industriepolitik mehr vor, sondern allenfalls der deutschen Forschungspolitik recht ähnliche TechnologieFörderungsprogramme.

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