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By E. Kawabata

This ebook examines numerous significant reforms in Japan — within the postal enterprise, transportation, telecommunications, and communications expertise — and evaluates the effectiveness of those efforts in significant factor parts because the early Nineteen Eighties. Conceptually, the publication provides the twin country as being a basic characteristic of the japanese political economic system that determines executive reform dynamics.

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1 As chapter 1 concluded, the radical consequences of the historicist turn had begun to emerge in bold clarity, dramatizing the polycentric and plural character of human dwelling in the world by representing all events and significations as finite products of exigencies bound to particular times and places. I suggested there that what Giordano Bruno’s centerless polycentrism does to our sense of space, the leveling play of historical consciousness does to our perception of meaning and value, relativizing and democratizing any and all such expressions as sociocultural productions.

In fact, much of what postmodernity advocates stems from the conjoined seeds of the critical consciousness of the Enlightenment and the historical consciousness that followed. Thus far, I have intentionally focused on the historical preparation for “pluralism,” only lightly touching on the implied consequences. My hope in this was to establish a broader framework through an examination of historical consciousness, the fruits of which will become evident as the argument of this book unfolds. This page intentionally left blank.

History is a level playing field, a realm of homogeneous neutrality where all events are in principle analogous. This recognition is a privilege in that it promotes a consciousness of what might be called “positional finitude,” which helps break the hold of absolutist commitments, whether dogmatic or rationalist. It enables us to thematize diversity in a new way and to encounter differences with full respect for their own integral sense. Moreover, it supports injunctions against ethnocentrism and cultural imperialism in favor of cosmopolitan ideals such as tolerance and cross-cultural mutuality.

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