The Political Dissent of a Senior General: Tamogami Toshio’s Nationalist Thought and a History Controversy

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Title The Political Dissent of a Senior General: Tamogami Toshio’s Nationalist Thought and a History Controversy
Author Willcock, Hiroko
Journal Name Asian Politics & Policy
Editor Aileen Baviera
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc
Abstract Confronted with a period of socioeconomic and political stagnation and the volatility of territorial disputes, contemporary Japanese conservative nationalists are dismayed by the deterioration of national consciousness and waning of traditional values. The policymakers’ recent East Asian unity campaign accelerated their concern over the “marginalization” of the value of the sovereign state and consequent apathy over the danger of losing their national identity. In this context, this article explores the thought of General Tamogami Toshio through an examination of his political dissent in 2008, which elevated him into a torchbearer for the popular conservative nationalists’ agenda. The article sheds light on his popular nationalist cause that, on the one hand, accentuated the ideological divide between conservative nationalists and skeptical and caustic ideologues, and on the other, galvanized previously politically uninterested citizens to demand rigorous epistemic investigation of national history.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Policy Studies Organization. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. The definitive version is available at
Volume 3
Issue Number 1
Page from 29
Page to 47
ISSN 1943-0779
Date Accessioned 2012-02-28
Date Available 2012-05-29T22:33:43Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific; Studies of Asian Society
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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