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Japan in Upheaval
The Origins, Dynamics and Political Outcome of the 1960 Anti-US Treaty Protests

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ISBN 9781032164625
April 22, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines the widespread protests which took place in Japan in 1960 against the renewal of the US-Japan Security Treaty and assesses their far-reaching impact. It emphasises the scale of the protests, at the climax of which hundreds of thousands of protestors surrounded Japan's National Diet building on nearly a daily basis, and large protests took place in other cities and towns all across Japan. It considers the results of the protests, which included the cancellation of President Eisenhower’s state visit and Prime Minister Kishi’s removal from office, and argues that, although the protests apparently failed in that the Security Treaty was renewed and the Liberal Democratic Party remained in power, nevertheless the protests brought about subtle lasting changes in Japan: they revealed many latent societal and political tensions; and they compelled the ruling establishment to reshape itself, having to take seriously non-militarization and the need to listen to the people. The events are analysed in terms of social movement dynamics, with comparative references to the Western European protests of 1968.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Treaty Regime: Subaltern Japan 2. Domestic Setting: Portentous Prelude 3. Movement Configuration: Ascendant Cycles 4. Students, Intellectuals: Frontal Contestations 5. Established Left, Newspapers: Orderly Fixation 6. Popular Strata: Dreaded Spectre Conclusion

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Dagfinn Gatu is an Emeritus Professor in Political Science at the Japan Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan.