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SEMINAR: Asian Studies Seminar

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Today's date is Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Asian Studies Seminar : Kishi Nobusuke, Moral Re-armament, and Asian Regionalism, 1945-1962 Other events...
The origins of political conservatism in Japan are mired in Occupation history, with scholars emphasizing its emergence as a postwar development determined by the alliance between Washington and Japanese elites. This paper re-examines Japanese conservatism as a transwar and transnational project. It focuses on the involvement of Prime Minister Kishi Nobusuke (1896-1987) in the Moral Re- Armament movement (MRA), an international religious organization that caught the attention of politicians, industrialists, and union leaders around the world in the 1940s and 1950s. It shows that MRA helped Japanese elites such as Kishi to reformulate prewar notions of Asian regionalism into Cold War internationalism— what I call the conservative imaginary. In so doing, the paper sheds new light on the negotiated transition from prewar fascism and imperialism to postwar democracy, and helps to explain the political culture of important sections of the Japanese ruling classes up to the present.
Speaker(s) Associate Professor Reto Hoffmann
Location Social Sciences North room G25
Contact Laura Dales <[email protected]>
Start Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:00
End Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 14 Aug 2018 09:47
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