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The Left in the Shaping of Japanese Democracy
Essays in Honour of J.A.A. Stockwin

ISBN 9780415334358
Published January 13, 2006 by Routledge
204 Pages

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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 Asô, the great Socialist apostate (Kersten); the Left’s evasion of constitutional sovereignty (Williams); the rise and fall of Nikkyô-sô (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).

Table of Contents

A Tribute to Arthur Stockwin  Rikki Kersten  An Oxford Festschrift: The Book in Brief   David Williams  Acknowledgments  Japanese Usage and Style  Part One: Left-wing Thought from the Russian Revolution to the War on Terrorism  1. The Left Hand of Darkness: Forging a Political Left in Interwar Japan  Christopher Goto-Jones  2. Painting the Emperor Red: The Emperor and the Socialists in the 1930s   Rikki Kersten  3. The Japanese Evasion of Sovereignty – Article 9 and the European Canon: Hobbes, Carl Schmitt and Foucault   David Williams  Part Two: The Metamorphosis of the Left in Postwar Japan   4. The Rise and Fall of Nikkyo-so: Classroom Idealism, Union Power and the Three Phases of Japanese Politics since 1955   Robert W. Aspinall  6. ‘Democratic Government’ and the Left  Koichi Nakano  7. The End Game of Socialism: From the JSP to the DJP   Sarah Hyde  Part Three: Settling Accounts: Globalization, American Empire and History’s Judgment  8. Neo-liberal Economic Policy Preferences of the ‘New Left’: Home-grown or an Anglo-American Import?   Leonard J. Schoppa  9. After Abu Ghraib: American Empire, the Left-wing Intellectual and Japan Studies  David Williams  10. The Left in the Shaping of Japanese Democracy: Historical Overview  Junichi Banno 

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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



"...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