Reckoning with the State

Laura Hein

in Reasonable Men, Powerful Words

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520243477
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931572 | DOI:
Reckoning with the State

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From 1937 to 1945, Japanese leaders were mobilizing for war, conducting war, and then reeling from its consequences. From the start, one indispensable component of mobilization was silencing dissenters. Long before the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, all Japanese who publicly expressed doubts about the wisdom of the war in China or the proposed war against the United States and Britain were forced out of their jobs and frequently lost their liberty. Younger men were simply drafted and sent to the frontlines. Yet, just as with social injustice, the problems created by World War II did not disappear in Japan when critics were jailed. This chapter examines the impact of the war on the lives of economists Ōuchi Hyōe, Arisawa Hiromi, Ōmori Yoshitarō, Wakimura Yoshitarō, Takahashi Masao, and Minobe Ryōkichi, including their arrest, imprisonment, trials, and verdicts. It also discusses the war's implications for Japanese political culture.

Keywords: Japan; political culture; World War II; Ōuchi Hyōe; arrest; imprisonment; trials; economists

Chapter.  9746 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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