This is an updated edition of Conrad Totman's authoritativehistory of Japan from c.8000 BC to the present day. * The first edition was widely praised for combiningsophistication and accessibility. * Covers a wide range of subjects, including geology, climate,agriculture, government and politics, culture, literature, media,foreign relations, imperialism, and industrialism. * Updated to include an epilogue on Japan today andtomorrow. * Now includes more on women in history and more on internationalrelations. * Bibliographical listings have been updated and enlarged.