Is Japan slipping into prewar politics?

National / Media | BIG IN JAPAN Jun 3, 2017

Is Japan slipping into prewar politics?

by Michael Hoffman

"The recent flurry of legislation, including a proposed anti-conspiracy amendment to the organized crime law, recalls prewar Japan," Kobe University criminal law scholar Hirofumi Uchida told the Asahi Shimbun in an interview in March. "Prewar Japan" is a pregnant phrase. It suggests militarist fascism. The ...

The politics behind Japan's modern era of proletarian art

Art Nov 13, 2013

The politics behind Japan's modern era of proletarian art

by Matthew Larking

"Art and Literature in Japan 1926-1936" follows the close of the Taisho Era (1912-1926), which was characterized by democracy, artistic experimentation and widespread social self-absorptions by the citizenry in new fashions such as the "beach pajama" outfits of "modern" girls. The successive Showa Era ...

Making Kobayashi's works sound as if written today

Books / Reviews Sep 14, 2013

Making Kobayashi's works sound as if written today

by Paul Mccarthy

For most readers, Japanese literature may suggest romantic/erotic works by Nagai Kafu, elegantly classical and humorously or sinisterly "kinky" fiction by Tanizaki, or coolly stylish contemporary works by Haruki Murakami. For such readers, this volume will come as a shock — both refreshing and ...