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History of Contemporary Japan since World War II


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First published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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This is volume 1 of a six-volume study of the history of contemporary Japan. Written by leading academicians, 20 essays discuss the broad historical context in which to study Japan's postwar experience, the dynamics of the surrender decision, the Occupation's significance, the traditional and revisionist view of the American democratization policy in the early postwar years, and other postwar issues. They also cover the unraveling of Japan's prominent economic power in the recent past, the failure of Japanese political reform, and the Japanese inability to conclude a closure on the ghosts of World War II. Edited by Beauchamp, University of Hawaii. Lacks an index. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Volume Introduction
Orientalism and the Study of Japan 1
The People in History: Recent Trends in Japanese Historiography 13
Toward a History of Twentieth-Century Japan 39
The Useful War 53
Japan's Delayed Surrender: A Reinterpretation 75
Understanding the Atomic Bomb and the Japanese Surrender: Missed Opportunities, Little-Known Near Disasters, and Modern Memory 105
The Mushroom Cloud and National Psyches: Japanese and American Perspectives of the A-Bomb Decision, 1945-1995 133
Reflections on the Occupation of Japan 155
American Democratization Policy for Occupied Japan: Correcting the Revisionist Version 169
A Rejoinder 193
The Japanese Constitution: Child of the Cold War 204
U.S. Policy in Post-War Japan: The Retreat from Liberalism 225
The Debate on Subjectivity in Postwar Japan: Foundations of Modernism as a Political Critique 247
Party Politics and the Japanese Labor Movement: Rengo's "New Political Force" 270
The Imperial Bureaucracy and Labor Policy in Postwar Japan 285
Japan: The End of One-Party Dominance 302
The Unraveling of Japan Inc.: Multinationals as Agents of Change 309
Japan's Non-Revolution 316
Japan's Diet Resolution on World War Two: Keeping History at Bay 329
A Journalist's Perspective on Postwar Japan 349
Acknowledgments 365
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