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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 its limited success at the ballot box. The essays that compose this Oxford Festschrift range over a wide set of themes including the tragic careers of two prewar left-wing martyrs (Goto-Jones); Hisashi Aso, the great Socialist apostate (Kersten); the Left's evasion of constitutional sovereignty (Williams); the rise and fall of Nikkyo-so (Aspinall); the Left's impact on privatization and bureaucratic reform (Nakano); the demise of parliamentary Socialism (Hyde); the Left's recent embrace of free market principles (Schoppa); critical Japan studies and American empire since '9.11' (Williams); and history's final judgment on the fate of this great political movement (Banno).

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415334341
ISBN-10: 0415334349
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Rikki Kersten

Rikki Kersten is Professor of Modern Japan Studies at Leiden University, the Netherlands. She is the editor of our Routledge/Leiden Series in Modern East Asian History and Politics. David Williams, one of Europe's leading thinkers on modern Japan, is the author of Japan: Beyond the End of History, Japan and the Enemies of Open Political Science and Defending Japan's Pacific War, all published by Routledge.

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