Book written by 2003 Abe Fellow Koichi Hasegawa based on his project “Green Energy Politics and Civil Society: Sociological Analysis of Strategies and Effects of Environmental NGOs on Macro, Meso and Micro Level in Japan, the U.S. and the Netherlands.”
Based on four epoch-making case studies, this book offers an overview of contemporary Japan s changing attitudes and policies regarding environmental issues. Beginning in the 1970s, the author traces the way the rapid growth of environmental politics and actions contributed to the development of a vibrant civil society. It is argued that recent environmental movements in Japan have created a new, more active public sphere, one that provides a guideline for a sustainable society. This book represents an important contribution to the growing field of environmental sociology.