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GLOBALIZATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN, edited by J.S. Eades, Tom Gill and Harumi Befu. Trans Pacific Press, Melbourne, 2000. 295 pp., 3,250 yen (paper).

But it would also be true to say that, despite our increased use of the term, globalization itself is not a recent phenomenon. What is recent, or has at least sped up and emphasized the process and impact of globalization, is information technology and the Internet.

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