Journal article

Love, sex, and democracy in Japan during the American Occupation

Mayuko Itoh

Asian Studies Review | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Through providing a comprehensive trajectory of how sexuality in Japan was regulated, understood, practised and represented in the period from the end of its seclusion to the early postwar years, this volume explores Japan’s political shift from a feudal to a democratic society. Examining the Meiji Restoration and Japan’s defeat in World War II and the subsequent “American” Occupation in terms of sexuality, this book focuses on the intersection of the (un)changing relationships between the genders and between the authorities and the people. By so doing, McLelland clarifies one aspect of Japan’s modern history. Although he deals with the highly private and delicate subject matter of the polit..

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