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Postwar Japan as History by Andrew Gordon

By Andrew Gordon

Japan's catapult to international monetary strength has encouraged many reviews by means of social scientists, yet few have checked out the forty five years of postwar Japan during the lens of background. The individuals to this e-book search to supply one of these view. As they research 3 comparable subject matters of postwar background, the authors describe an ongoing historic procedure marked through unforeseen alterations, akin to Japan's amazing financial progress, and unanticipated continuities, akin to the persistence of conservative rule. A provocative set of interpretative essays through eminent students, this publication will attract somebody attracted to the heritage of twentieth-century Japan and the dilemmas dealing with Japan today.

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Ueda Yasuo, Gendai no shuppan: Kono miryoku aru katsuji sekai (Tokyo: Riso Shuppansha, best-sellers, 1980), 162. 19. �fiyake et aL "' the t\-\-'0 can1ps. ' '' 831 88, citing Kamishimajiro on the difference bem'een PEACE AND DEMOCRACY IN TWO SYSTEMS 19 of such a policy. The general public proved willing to accept slow rearmament in the mode established by Yoshida, with little concern about the sophistries of constitutional reinterpretation that this program required of the government's legal experts� As Hatoyama learned, however, just as other conservative leaders learned after him, to the very end of the Showa period, the public was not receptive to either rapid rearmament or frontal attacks on the constitution.

1968, 2. The LDP also defined "the inherent form of thejapanese people" (JVihon kokumin no honzen no sugata) as consisting of"human love and public duty, N. Dale, 39. " (ningenai to kOtokushin, sokokuai to minzoku seishin, boei ishiki nado). PEACE AND DEMOCRACY IN TWO SYSTEMS 33 Japan's prewar imperial and imperialistic history. The corporate sector, on its part, made brilliant use of group pressures and "family" ideologies to reassert not merely the primacy of the group over the individual, but also the primacy of the family writ large (the corporation and the state) over the real nuclear family.

In 1961 the LD P aligned itself with a new antinuclear federa­ tion, the national Council for Peace and Against Nuclear "Veapons (Kakkin Kaigi). And in Decen1ber 1967 Prin1e Minister Sate>'s "Three Nonnuclear Princi­ ples" were effectively introduced to suggest that the government shared the ideals of the popular antinuclear movement. Along with Article 9, the prohibition on arms exports first announced in 1967, and the "One Percent of GNP" ceiling on defense expenditures proclaimed in 1976, the Three Nonnuclear Principles be30.

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