History of Japan

This week: where did Japan's constitution come from, and how the hell did it get done in only six days?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_185.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

The Occupation begins! This week, we'll set the stage with a focus on the relationship between Supreme Commander Douglass MacArthur and Emperor Hirohito. 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_184.mp3
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This week, we turn our attention to the US Occupation of Japan. When did Americans first start thinking seriously about taking Japan over and remaking its whole society?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_183.mp3
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This week, we're doing a biography of the little known Buddhist socialist Seno'o Giro. How do you reconcile Buddhism and Marx? Find out this week!

Direct download: History_of_Japan_182.mp3
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This week, we round out our look at the hard left in Japan. Militant communist uprisings (if less than 100 people counts as an uprising), electoral maneuvering, recycling policy -- this episode has it all. 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_181.mp3
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This week: the Japanese left is relegated to permanent opposition status in the postwar period. How did the revolutionary moment come to this?

Direct download: History_of_Japan_180.mp3
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This week, the floodgates are open! The system has fallen, and the left is poised to seize power...or not!

Direct download: History_of_Japan_179.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Today, a specter is haunting Japan. But that specter is not communism; it's the ghost of the communist party, dead before it truly lived. This week on the podcast: how to kill a communist party in a few easy steps. 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_178.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:00am EDT

The revolution comes to Japan...but not really. Today we explore the birth and very rapid death of Japan's first socialist party, and the rise of its communist movement.

Direct download: History_of_Japan_177.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

Today, we'll turn our attention to a set of ideas that will ultimately fall flat on their face in Japan (and most other places): Marxism. How did the hard left come to Japan? And before that, what even is Marxism? 

Direct download: History_of_Japan_176.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 8:00am EDT