THE HISTORICAL AND POLITICAL CONTEXT OF THE TOKYO WAR CRIMES TRIAL
Assassination and Terrorism in Japan and the Transformation of Japan's International Image

Author: Mitchell, Richard H.
Year:2014
Pages:392
ISBN:0-7734-4303-7
978-0-7734-4303-7
Price:239.95
A first ever comprehensive study on the history of assassinations, political murders and terrorist acts that impeded Tokyo’s campaign to portray Japan’s international image as a “civilized” nation, fit to join the comity of Western advanced nations.

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This work investigates the “impact” of political murders on the imperial court, members of the military elite, the cabinet, elder statesman, imperial advisors, State guests from neighboring countries which reinforced the views of some foreign leaders that Japan was a “bandit” nation headed for war. This topic, once taboo in public discourse, reveals the profound influence of these acts upon both domestic polity and international relations.
Professor Richard Mitchell,
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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
A Note on the Transliteration of Japanese, Chinese, and Korean Words
Introduction
Chapter 1.
Background
Chapter 2. Normal Constitutional Government
Nineteen Twenty-three
Controlling Social Violence
Early Showa
Conclusion
Chapter 3. Testing the Meiji Political Structure
Party Cabinet System
Four Trials
Impact
Reality and Myth
Japan’s Image Transformed
Chapter 4. Postwar
The World Revolution and Japanese Terrorists Abroad
Shocking Events
A “Hallmark of Modern Terrorism”
The LDP’s Second Act
Political Change?
Chapter 5. Legacies
Notes
Bibliography