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A Globalist at Home

  • Kevin M. Doak
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Part of the Global Political Thinkers book series (GPT)

Abstract

This chapter covers the short, but intense, period of the early Occupation (1945–1950) when Tanaka served as the Minister of Education and as a legislator in the House of Councillors. Unable to travel overseas, Tanaka focused on implementing globalist values domestically. One key battle ground in this respect was the reformation of Japanese education, and his role in drafting the Fundamental Law of Education was crucial. Tanaka’s Catholic values were not always welcomed by the Supreme Command of the Allied Powers (SCAP) whose commander General MacArthur staffed key posts with Freemasons like himself. Tanaka continued his independent stance as a Diet member, becoming a central figure in the unaligned Rokufūkai association of legislators. In the Diet, Tanaka drew on his globalist values and experiences to resist legislation sponsored by SCAP, such as the Eugenics Protection Bill.

Keywords

Education reform in postwar Japan jinkaku Nambara Shigeru Fundamental Law of Education Freemasonry in occupied Japan Eugenics Protection Bill 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin M. Doak
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  1. 1.Department of East Asian Languages and CulturesGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA

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