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In the Realm of a Dying Emperor by Norma Field

By Norma Field

Whilst the Emperor Hirohito died in 1989, jap newspapers needed to use a distinct, exalted note to consult his demise, and needed to depict his lifestyles uncritically, as one starting in turbulence yet finishing in outstanding accomplishment. To do differently might have uncovered them to terrorism from the vigilant correct wing. but this insightful publication through a Japanese-American pupil who grew up in either cultures finds the hidden fault strains within the realm of the death emperor via telling the tales of 3 not likely dissenters: a grocery store proprietor who burned the nationwide flag; an getting older widow who challenged the state's "deification" of fallen infantrymen; and the mayor of Nagasaki, who risked his occupation and his lifestyles through suggesting that Hirohito bore a few accountability for global warfare II.

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For instance, I will use the constructivist assertion that norms constitute an important aspect of actor identity and interest (and therefore influence actor behavior)6 to analyze how a group of Japanese norm entrepreneurs promoted a prohibitionary norm against Antipersonnel Mines (APMs), and how they eventually convinced state leaders to change their perspectives of the national interest. The norm entrepreneurs were not always motivated by material interests—as rationalists would argue—but were certainly driven by humanitarian concerns for landmine victims.

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