Thinking through <i>Capital</i>

Andrew E. Barshay

in The Social Sciences in Modern Japan

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520236455
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941335 | DOI:
Thinking through Capital

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Uno Kozo was a talkative man who relished debate and left an oral autobiography entitled Shihonron gojunen (Fifty years with Capital, 1981). His intellectual life was centered on Marx’s great text, and it is Uno’s relation to Marx that forms the concern of this chapter. Uno, with what he termed his “practice complex,” remained aloof, and was not really a Marxist, since he was not involved in organized radical politics. And yet, in early 1938, he was arrested, having been implicated in the activities of the so-called Professors’ Group of the Worker–Farmer Faction, or Rono-ha, the Marxists who had broken in 1927 with the Comintern-associated Japan Communist Party. The evidence that Uno had violated the Peace Preservation Law was circumstantial and scanty. He was released on bail after submitting an official “recantation” of mistaken views and pledging to serve the state passionately; he was also twice acquitted of the charges against him.

Keywords: Shihonron gojunen; Capital; Marx; Rono-ha; recantation

Chapter.  11980 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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