Tanaka: The Making of Postwar Japan [NOOK Book]

Overview

The most important Japanese politician of the late twentieth century!

  • Tanaka, a corrupt populist politician from a humble background, helped shape Japanese politics of the period.
  • Throws light on the modern history of Japan and Postwar Japanese politics.
  • A brand new title in the very popular Profiles in Power series.
Tanaka is indisputably "the most important Japanese politician of the late twentieth ...
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Tanaka: The Making of Postwar Japan

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Overview

The most important Japanese politician of the late twentieth century!

  • Tanaka, a corrupt populist politician from a humble background, helped shape Japanese politics of the period.
  • Throws light on the modern history of Japan and Postwar Japanese politics.
  • A brand new title in the very popular Profiles in Power series.
Tanaka is indisputably "the most important Japanese politician of the late twentieth century". A populist politician from a very humble background in a poor part of the country, he had a popular appeal for the Japanese masses that was unsurpassed by rival and better-connected politicians. More importantly still, he helped shape the political climate of modern Japan, particularly in terms of his corruption and sinister connections with business and organized crime. He does in that sense, encapsulate an era. His career both as an embodiment of his times but also as a shaper of them illuminates the peculiar character of Japanese politics in his time. Tanaka the new title in the Profiles in Power series, is not a biography, though inevitably it contains much biographical material, it instead analyzes the major features, achievements and failures of Tanaka's career.
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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

List of Tables
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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