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The Wilder Shores of Power: Migration, Border Controls and Democracy in Postwar Japan

Morris-Suzuki, Tessa


Japan has often been regarded as an ethnically homogeneous society whose restrictive immigration policies reflect the deep-seated cultural peculiarities of this 'island nation'. By contrast, I shall argue that Japan's post- 1945 cultural separation from the other countries of East Asia, and its strict border controls, were to a large extent products of Cold War politics. The postwar democratization of Japan went hand in hand with the introduction of tight restrictions on cross-border mobility:...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Thesis Eleven
DOI: 10.1177/0725513606066237


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