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Introduction

  • Kenji Hasegawa
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Part of the New Directions in East Asian History book series (NDEAH)

Abstract

This introductory chapter sets the stage of this book with a discussion of the contested nature of the ‘peace’ of April 28, 1952, and the Bloody May Day incident that took place three days later. It examines the conflictual coverage of the events by mainstream and progressive media sources, as well as the 2013 government effort to enshrine April 28 as the moment where Japan ‘returned to the international community.’ It also examines firsthand accounts of Bloody May Day by participants in the demonstration, showing how the event was an exceptional event embodying the conflicted merging of the marginalized activism of Japanese Communist Party (JCP)-affiliated groups and the mass festival of May Day.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenji Hasegawa
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  1. 1.Yokohama National UniversityYokohamaJapan

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