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The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825–1995$
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Chushichi Tsuzuki

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205890.001.0001

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From Political Conflict to Economic Growth, 1950–1965

From Political Conflict to Economic Growth, 1950–1965

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(p.382) 18 From Political Conflict to Economic Growth, 1950–1965
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The Pursuit of Power in Modern Japan 1825–1995
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CHUSHICHI TSUZUKI

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205890.003.0019

Economically, the year 1955 was the beginning of rapid growth which resulted in the emergence of Japan as a world economic power. The rearmament of Japan, albeit on a limited scale, began in earnest in 1950 shortly after the outbreak of the Korean War. The chapter looks at political development during this time. Kishi Nobusuke connected the Japan which fought a war of aggression and the Japan which became America's loyal ally. In addition, the Miike coal-miners' struggle and the Anti-security Treaty struggle of 1960 are highlighted. The political confrontation of 1960 soon gave way to the rising tide of economism all round, for Japan had gone through the hardships of reconstruction and had entered a period of high economic growth. Finally, the chapter explores the education growth and the emergence of a mass consumer society.

Keywords:   economic growth, Japan, Kishi Nobusuke, Miike coal-mining, Anti-security Treaty, education, mass consumer society, political development

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