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Tanaka: The Making of Postwar Japan [NOOK Book]

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Kakuei Tanaka was the most powerful politician in Japan for nearly two decades, and his followers have dominated Japanese politics for most of the country's recent history. This account of the life and times of Tanaka explores the public profile and private power-broking of a controversial and powerful politician, opening up in the process the intimate political history of modern Japan.
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Tanaka: The Making of Postwar Japan

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Overview

Kakuei Tanaka was the most powerful politician in Japan for nearly two decades, and his followers have dominated Japanese politics for most of the country's recent history. This account of the life and times of Tanaka explores the public profile and private power-broking of a controversial and powerful politician, opening up in the process the intimate political history of modern Japan.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317877608
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/11/2014
  • Series: Profiles In Power
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • File size: 1,002 KB

Table of Contents

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Preface
Chronology
Ch. 1 Humble beginnings 1
The new elite of pre-war Japan 3
Tanaka's rural background 7
Pre-war pork barrel politics 9
School, work and the military 12
Ch. 2 War, business and corruption 19
The impact of the Allied occupation of Japan 24
Coal nationalisation and coalition fragility 28
The creation of a 'new' elite 32
Ch. 3 Tanaka-style populism 36
Joining the Yoshida school 37
Economic growth, planning and patronage 39
Koenkai and the building of conservative support 41
The emergence of faction politics 45
Ch. 4 Miracle worker 51
Bureaucrats in the economy and politics 53
Financial crisis 55
Dubious deals 58
Dealing with the opposition 59
Urbanisation, politics and urban policy 62
Political mentor 64
Constituency service 66
Ch. 5 Tanaka in power 70
Foray into foreign affairs 71
Best-seller 74
Foreign policy: an unexpected forte 77
Domestic vision 80
Ch. 6 Prolonged fall 89
Economic crisis 91
Removal from power 93
Lockheed scandal 95
Behind the scenes 99
Civil war in LDP 100
Final political demise 102
Ch. 7 Legacy 106
The long reach of Tanaka's influence 108
Tanaka politics after 1993 110
Guide to further reading 114
Index 119
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