"In the course of the past two decades Japan's power to affect the rest of our planet has grown at an astonishing rate. The global reach of Japanese industry and finance and the transformative impact of Japanese technology have been felt in almost every country. Yet Japan remains an enigma to most people, inspiring unease and distrust in addition to admiration and curiosity. [..] Even today, the volume of information on Japan that reaches other countries is pitifully small in comparison to the need.
This encyclopedia is an attempt to redress this imbalance. It is conceived as a single, comprehensive resource that will give the interested reader a key to unlocking the complex society of late-20th-century Japan. It contains a wealth of hard data on Japanese politics, government, economics, and corporate behavior, but it is also a treasury of Japanese art, culture and history [..].
It contains almost allmost all of the 11,000 main-text entries of the 'Japan: An Illustrated Encyclopedia'[..]"
from: Introduction to the Encyclopedia
A must have for any student of East-Asian or Japanese studies. As this was not available as a torrent I decided to share this in the hope that it'll stay in the network, so keep uploading once you finish :)