Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: The Tokyo Governorship

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:
Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: The Tokyo Governorship

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By the early 1960s, Japan had changed a great deal since the end of the war. Although many people still lived on the margins, the transformed economy now rested solidly on its urban, high-wage, high-productivity foundation. However, local government in many places, including Tokyo, remained a bastion of arrogance and indifference. Once again, Ōuchi Hyōe and his fellow economists emerged zestfully partisan, articulating the themes of the reform movement and devising new policies, as it had in so many other realms. Minobe Ryokichi's election as governor of Tokyo, first in 1967 and then for two more terms until 1979, put members of the group at the center of Japanese political activism both substantively and symbolically. This chapter discusses Minobe's foray into electoral politics and his accomplishments and policies as governor of Tokyo in the areas of democracy, human rights, foreign policy, and environmental protection and pollution.

Keywords: Japan; Tokyo; local government; Ōuchi Hyōe; politics; Minobe Ryokichi; democracy; human rights; foreign policy; environmental protection

Chapter.  12282 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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