Dissenting Japan: A History of Japanese Radicalism and Counterculture, from 1945 to Fukushima

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Oxford University Press, 2016 - Всего страниц: 356
Conformist, mute and malleable? Andrews tackles head-on this absurd caricature of Japanese society in his fascinating history of its militant sub-cultures, radical societies and well-established traditions of dissentFollowing the March 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis, the media remarked with surprise on how thousands of demonstrators had flocked to the streets of Tokyo. But mass protest movements are nothing new in Japan and the post-war period experienced years of unrest and violence on both sides ofthe political spectrum: from demos to riots, strikes, campus occupations, faction infighting, assassinations and even international terrorism.This is the first comprehensive history in English of political radicalism and counterculture in Japan, as well as the artistic developments during this turbulent time. It chronicles the major events and movements from 1945 to the new flowering of protests and civil dissent in the wake of Fukushima.Introducing readers to often ignored aspects of Japanese society, it explores the fascinating ideologies and personalities on the Right and the Left, including the student movement, militant groups and communes. While some elements parallel developments in Europe and America, much of Japan's radicalrecent past (and present) is unique and offers valuable lessons for understanding the context to the new waves of anti-government protests the nation is currently witnessing.
 

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Defying the Cult of Tranquillity
1
1 Enduring the Unendurable
9
2 Voices of the Voiceless
25
3 The Clowns Coup
47
4 1968 and All That
65
5 An Angry Elephant
99
6 A Hijacking and a Siege
123
7 The Strange Death of the Japanese New Left
147
10 The Other Export
203
11 Well Be All Right If We Dont Dream
233
12 Armageddon in Tokyo
263
13 The New God
277
14 Fukushima
287
Some Leitmotifs
303
Notes
309
Bibliography
339

8 Sanrizuka
163
9 The Wolf the Scorpion and the Fangs
183

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William Andrews is a writer and translator in Tokyo. He has lived in Japan for ten years.

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