Contemporary Japanese Thought (Weatherhead Books on Asia)

Appearing for the 1st time in English, the writings during this assortment mirror one of the most cutting edge and influential paintings by means of jap intellectuals in recent times. the quantity deals an extraordinary and much-needed window into the an important principles and positions at present shaping jap concept (shiso).

In addressing the political, ancient, and cultural concerns that experience ruled jap society, those essays move various disciplines, together with literary thought, philosophy, background, gender reviews, and cultural reports. members learn Japan's imperialist and nationalist earlier in addition to representations and remembrances of this historical past. in addition they critique fresh efforts in jap right-wing circles to erase or imprecise the extra troubling elements of Japan's colonial company in East Asia. different essays discover how Japan has seen itself in regard to the West and the advanced effect of Western concept on jap highbrow and political existence.

The volume's groundbreaking essays on problems with gender and the contested position of feminist inspiration in Japan speak about the similarities among the emotional bullying of girls who don't settle for conventional gender roles and teasing in colleges; how the japanese have followed parts of Western orientalism to discredit feminism; and old structures of eastern motherhood.

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The quotation is from pp. 41–42. 6. Ibid. 7. Minamoto Atsuko, “Nihon no hinkon naru sei fūdo” [Japan’s indigent sexual climate], in Nihonteki sekushuariti, pp. 79–128. The quotations are from p. eighty two. eight. Lynda M. Glennon, Women and Dualism: A Sociology of Knowledge Analysis (New York: Longman, 1979). nine. On the relationship between postmodernism and feminism, see also Linda Nicholson, “On Postmodern Barricades: Feminism, Politics, and Theory,” in Postmodernism and Social Theory: The Debate Over General Theory, ed. Steven Seidman and David G. Wagner (London: Basil Blackwell, 1992), pp. 82–100. 10. Ōgoshi Aiko, “Feminizumu wa ai to sei o katareru ka” [Can feminism speak of love and sex? ], in Nihonteki sekushuariti, pp. 131–202. The quotation is from p. 157. eleven. Ibid. , p. 193. The quotation in the next paragraph is also from p. 193. 12. Yabuno Yūzō, Kindaikaron no hōhō: gendai seijigaku to rekishi ishiki [Modernizationist methods: Current politics and historical consciousness] (Tokyo: Miraisha, 1994). thirteen. From Saeki Keishi’s statements in “Zadankai: kindai no hakken” [Roundtable discussion: The discovery of modernity], in Kanagawa daigaku hyōron [Kanagawa University Review], no. 16 (1993). 14. Ibid. Chapter 2 Kang Sangjung THE IMAGINARY GEOGRAPHY OF A NATION AND DENATIONALIZED NARRATIVE Geopolitical Vertigo and Redefining the Nation Since when have retrogressive “masturbatory views of history,” as represented by the “liberal view of history,” come to dominate bookstall cabinets? They grew to become seen round the time of the Gulf conflict. In fact, Fujioka Nobukatsu, the prime proponent of this “liberal history,” starts off either his Kingendaishi kyōiku no kaikaku [Reforming sleek background education] (1996) and Ojoku no kingendaishi [A glossy history of shame] (1996), with prologues describing the impact of this war. For example: “Many Japanese, depending on the idealism of the Constitution’s Article Nine, have been capable to steep themselves thoroughly in sentimental pacifism. ” Or back: “The Gulf conflict used to be a surprising occasion that confirmed that the perfect of ‘pacifism’ as contained inside Article Nine, and upon which ‘peace education’ used to be based, failed within the face of the fact of overseas politics. ” In short, in accordance to Fujioka’s recollections, the Gulf conflict used to be a sensational occasion that uncovered the defects of Japan’s “postwar democracy. ” What, then, are the fatal defects of “postwar democracy? ” Fujioka lists five: 1. The conviction that democracy and (State) power are as incompatible as oil and water. 2. The absence of decisive leadership in the administration of the State. three. The complacent acceptance of peace defined solely in terms of “isolated pacifism” and the resulting neglect of problems relating to national security. four. The uneven distortion caused by the enlargement of individual rights and extreme minimalization of national duties. five. Blind faith in a “democracy” that neglects liberalism.

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