• The Challenges the Taishō Democracy Faced.pdf

    Author(s):
    Semiha Karaoğlu (see profile)
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Asian studies, Japanese studies, East Asian studies, Asian history, History
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    japanese history, taisho, taisho democracy
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/s5e0-n159
    Abstract:
    The democratization of Japan has been challenging throughout Japanese history. A society remaining used to the feudal order, Japanese norms and values as a result of the 200-years long sakoku (closed country) policy of the Tokugawa Shogunate and imperial order faced tremendous challenges in its path of democratization. Therefore, the question of why Japan failed to democratize itself but disguised its ambitions in the ideologies such as militarism, expansionism, and imperialism, is of significant value. Such a dichotomy in Japanese history, which lies in the gap between democratization and militarism, has more than one explanation to it, for it is plausible to analyze Japan's failure by investigating cultural, political, and economic causes altogether. Only then is it conceivable to recognize an inclination in the contemporary global agenda as well, by explaining why particular nations, such as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation, are a far cry from other democratic nations of the globe.
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