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Japan's Ultra-Right

Naoto Higuchi (author)

ISBN: 9781920901684

Publication Date: Mar 2021

Format: Paperback

Offers a comprehensive account of the nativist movement in Japan today. Naoto Higuchi uses the life histories of activists to establish that the basis of their support for the movement is their conservativism rather than social or economic stress.
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This book is a comprehensive account of the nativist movement in Japan today. Naoto Higuchi uses the life histories of activists to establish that the basis of their support for the movement is their conservativism rather than social or economic stress. He reveals the logic behind the emergence of the nativist movement by highlighting its links with developments in the existing right wing and Japan's conservative powers.

A common interest in historical revisionism and conflict with neighbouring countries provides a further logic that underpins the nativist movement's particular focus on "special privileges" for permanent Koreans resident in Japan. The book examines the role of the internet in the recruitment of nativist activists and in lending a veil of historical "truth" to the falsehoods concerning these special privileges. Finally, Higuchi considers the issue of voting rights for foreign residents in the context of East Asian geopolitics and increasing securitization, and warns about the dangers of not resisting securitization.
Pages 310
Dimensions 223 x 147
Date Published 30 Mar 2021
Publisher Trans Pacific Press
Series Japanese Society Series
Subject/s Sociology   Fascism & Nazism  
  • Figures
  • Tables
  • Acknowledgements
  • Prologue
  • Introduction: Questions about Japanese-style Nativism
  • 1. Who Supports the Ultra-Right and Why?
  • 2. Can Grievance and Anxiety Explain Nativist Movements?
  • 3. Activists' Political Socialization and Ideology Formation
  • 4. Resonating with the Nativist Movement
  • 5. The Internet and Resource Mobilization
  • 6. The Nativist Movement and Politics
  • 7. Will Votes for Foreign Residents Destroy Japan? Securitization of the Issue
  • 8. East Asian Geopolitics and Japanese-style Nativism: Why are Zainichi Koreans targeted?
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
Naoto Higuchi is a Japanese sociologist currently in the position of Professor in the School of Human Sciences, Waseda University. His research interests include foreigners living in Japan, social movements and politics. He received a PhD in Sociology from Hitotsubashi University in 2015.

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