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Guerilla Warfare in Postwar Japan: The Ogōchi sanson kōsakutai, 1950–1952

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

Abstract

In the early 1950s, as war raged on the neighboring Korean peninsula, the JCP traded its postwar pursuit of peaceful revolution in favor of a military line. Molotov cocktails were tossed on city streets, and JCP members of the sanson kōsakutai (mountain village mobilization units) entered rural villages to mobilize for a Maoist revolution. These militant tactics produced meager results and further alienated the already beleaguered party from the Japanese public. Excised from histories of the JCP, student movement, and Chongryon, the activism of this period has naturally been forgotten in more general histories of postwar Japan. This chapter sheds light on the Ogōchi sanson kōsakutai, one of the biggest such operations during this period, and thereby reconnects the histories of the Korean War and postwar Japan.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenji Hasegawa
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  1. 1.Yokohama National UniversityYokohamaJapan

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