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Imperial Japan university unites graduates decades after war

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By CHISATO TANAKA

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“My grandfather didn’t really care what his nationality was and lived by a motto that anywhere in the world was his home. I want to respect that and keep this spirit of his within me,”

It's very interesting and somewhat uplifting that a school meant to boast extreme ideology and propaganda fostered feelings of the opposite in some of it's students, especially because today many in Japanese government want to bring this type of education back to the classroom, like Abe's support of the ultra-right school in Osaka.

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Nothing mysterious or unknown about Kenkoku Daigaku. Not part of colonization policy. Specific to Manshu (Manchuria) and the state socialist regime the Kwantung Army and reform bureaucrats 革新官僚 were creating there.

Recollections of those who attended are easy to find. I read a whole book about Kenkoku Daigaku some years ago. It very explicitly described the gap between official ideology (harmony among the five peoples of Manshu) and the reality (Japanese on top).

I took it up in my courses about modern Japanese political history taught in English to foreign students here.

many in Japanese government want to bring this type of education back to the classroom, like Abe's support of the ultra-right school in Osaka.

Preschool. And, it was not Abe Shinzo himself but rather his wife (now widow) who had given what some interpret as support.

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