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The Left in the Shaping of Japanese Democracy : Essays in Honour of J.A.A. Stockwin - Rikki Kersten

The Left in the Shaping of Japanese Democracy

Essays in Honour of J.A.A. Stockwin

By: Rikki Kersten (Editor), David Williams (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 19th December 2005
ISBN: 9780415334341
Number Of Pages: 183

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Leftist thought and activism stands as a defining force in the articulation of political culture and policy in modern Japan. Operating from the periphery of formal political power for the most part, the Japanese Left has had an impact that extends far beyond their limited success at the ballot box. This book focuses attention on the influence exerted by the Left on the political landscape of Japan in the modern era, and assesses the reasons for its successes and failures in terms of its impact on enduring dimensions of Japanese political thought, activism and policy.
Studies of the Japanese Left have hitherto focused on the formal political entities of the Japan Socialist Party and the Japan Communist Party, on crisis points or on single-issue factors such as Article 9 of the 1947 Constitution or the Gulf War in 1991. With essays from an international team of contributors looking at the deeper issues such as pacifist idealism, the dynamics of opposition politics in Japan, and distinguishing features of Japanese Leftist policy such as opposition to liberalization of agricultural trade and positive relations with North Korea, The Left in Japanese Politics will provide a much-needed fresh interpretation of the modern sweep of Japanese politics.

Industry Reviews

"...intellectual historians of prewar Japan will find solid scholarship and food for thought." -- Patricia G. Steinhoff, Journal of Japanese Studies, V. 34, No. 1, 2008

"A festschrift offered to Oxford don J.A.A Stockwin,pioneering British Japanologist and specialist on the left,this edited collection likewise focuses upon left wing themes in Japanese modern history.

The abruptness with which the political map of Japan has been redrawn in very recent years has obviously rendered conventional texts irrelevant.For its iconclastic style,its overlapping historically grounded essays and "up to date-ness" ,this book is highly recommended to students and teachers of Japanese politics alike."--Geoffrey C.Gunn,International Annual Bibliography of Festschriften

List of Contributorsp. vii
A tribute to Arthur Stockwinp. ix
An Oxford Festschrift: the book in briefp. xv
Acknowledgementsp. xix
Japanese usage and stylep. xx
Left-wing thought from the Russian Revolution to the war on terrorismp. 1
The Left hand of darkness: forging a political Left in interwar Japanp. 3
Painting the Emperor red: the Emperor and the socialists in the 1930sp. 21
The Japanese evasion of sovereignty: Article 9 and the European canon - Hobbes, Carl Schmitt, Foucaultp. 42
The metamorphosis of the Left in postwar Japanp. 63
The rise and fall of Nikkyoso: classroom idealism, union power and the three phases of Japanese politics since 1955p. 65
'Democratic government' and the Leftp. 82
The end-game of socialism: from the JSP to the DPJp. 97
Settling accounts: globalization, American empire and history's judgementp. 115
Neoliberal economic policy preferences of the 'New Left': home-grown or an Anglo-American import?p. 117
After Abu Ghraib: American empire, the left-wing intellectual and Japan Studiesp. 140
The Left in the shaping of Japanese democracy: historical reviewp. 162
Indexp. 177
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ISBN: 9780415334341
ISBN-10: 0415334349
Series: Leiden Series in Modern East Asian Politics and History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 183
Published: 19th December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.08 x 16.0  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1