Saturday, August 02, 2008

Nationalism (narrowly defined) isn't an issue in Japan, revisited

Tobias Harris has a post on Observing Japan concerning the editorial of the same title (except for the "narrowly defined") published in the Japan Times recently. Mr. Harris believes things may be a bit more complex than the author of the editorial claims. Perhaps even the word "nationalism" may have broader and deeper meanings.

For an even more thorough discussion on nationalism and its various forms in Japan, see Nationalisms of Japan by Brian McVeigh.

Perhaps the editorial writer should take a look at both the Harris post and most especially McVeigh's book. Could be educational. And perhaps the nearly non-existent nationalism which isn't an issue actually does exist in many forms.

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