Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival. BY DAVID PILLING. Penguin Press, 2014, 400 pp. $29.95.
Japan is back in the news. This time, however, the headlines are not about Japan's recession or the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Rather, in the past year, news coverage of Japan has focused on the country's assertive new tone under Shinzo Abe, who returned to the prime minister's office in 2012, five years after resigning from the post after a single year in office.