Monolithic unity: the Japanese Left and the Communist bloc, 1950–62

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The Cold War world was for the most part dissected neatly along ideological lines that ran parallel to its strategic and economic bipolarities. During the 1950s, however, the loyalties of the Japanese people were divided. Those on the Left mostly looked to Moscow and Beijing for their inspiration. The Japanese Left comprised a vast array of interlinked institutions. At the base of this structure, however, were just three organisations: the Nihon Kyōsantō (Japan Communist Party, JCP); the Nihon Shakaitō (Japan Socialist Party, JSP), including its powerful labour federation Sōhyō; and the Gensuibaku Kinshi Nihon Kyōgikai or Gensuikyō (Japan Council Against Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs.)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Musashi UniversityTokyoJapan

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