Overlooked Legacies: Japanese Moral Education Policies in the DPRK

Overlooked Legacies: Japanese Moral Education Policies in the DPRK

by Ken Reiman


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Ever wonder how the world's most closed off society can continue to function under a leadership regime that persecutes millions of its own people? North Korea is a mystery to many. The book unravels that mystery and explains what techniques are used by the Kim family to maintain its iron grip on society and the role education plays in enforcing totalitarian rule. The author read North Korean textbooks and Japanese textbooks used during the Japanese occupation of the Korean Peninsula and used primary sources, conducted interviews, and collaborated with experts to come to his conclusions. His primary thesis that the Kim regime would maintain power over North Korea proved correct. In addition, he explores how North Korea adopted strategies, including use of Japanese moral education to brainwash the populace into believing Kim Il Sung and his successors are more than political and military leaders, but religious/spiritual saviors. He explains how North Korean moral education holds the secrets to the Kim regimes ability to remain in power despite woeful, horrendous economic conditions and suffering faced by the North Korean people under a repressive regime. A timely and thoroughly researched book that is a must read for those interested in international relations, education, and Northeast Asia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781717952929
Publisher: Ken Reiman
Publication date: 07/27/2018
Pages: 62
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.13(d)

About the Author

Ken Reiman is a?United States diplomat?experienced in guiding?Fortune 100?companies to expand and enter?new markets across Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. ?He is a?global foreign affairs leader with a proven track record in foreign policy formulation, implementation, lobbying, and?strategic external engagement. ?When significant contracts, collateral and resources are at stake, Ken has?the international business acumen to achieve success in high-paced and high-stress operating environments.

Ken combines his?passion for?foreign policy?and international business to?resolve complex political, economic, and operational challenges. ?He has?worked in Tokyo, Japan as a Business Development Manager to address Japan’s?energy security needs. ?He brought technological innovation hubs to Africa, among his numerous other noteworthy accomplishments. ?Ken’s love of?innovation and diversity?stems from his Japanese American roots and multicultural background.

When Ken is not guiding?organizations and individuals to succeed in?foreign operating environments, he?is an author who enjoys chronicling/composing, as well as raising two energetic boys.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Despite the recent media frenzy over North Korea, the inner workings of the North Korean regime remain largely unknown. It is undoubtedly a dictatorship, yet it does not merely rely on coercion or repression to control the populace. In this important and timely study, Ken shows how the regime has legitimized its rule and exerted influence over its citizenry through the use of education. Also by comparing the North Korean textbooks with Japanese textbooks used during the Japanese occupation of Korea (1910-1945), he presents the North Korean regime as similar to the militaristic, pre-war Japan. Ken’s study concludes that North Korea’s moral education, adopted from Japan, holds the secrets to the Kim regime’s ability to remain in power despite failing economic conditions and long-standing isolation from the international community. One can also draw from this study relevant policy implications for the United States as it has entered into negotiations with North Korea on nuclear and missile programs. This book was built on Ken’s master’s thesis at Stanford University, during which time I had the pleasure of working with him as his primary academic adviser. Gi-Wook Shin, William J. Professor of Contemporary Korea, professor of sociology, and director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University.