The imitation game? Japanese attitudes towards jews in modern times

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Rotem Kowner provides a concise overview of the development of Japanese attitudes towards Jews. Despite the virtual absence of any historical or religious roots for conflict, soon after the onset of its modernisation, Japan witnessed the emergence of relatively benign antisemitic and philosemitic views, which, by the 1920s, had led to increased polarisation. During what is known as the Fifteen Year War (1931-45), these attitudes turned into an orchestrated antisemitic campaign, culminating in concrete segregation policies being applied to the Jews living within the borders of the Japanese wartime empire. With Japan’s defeat in 1945, interest in Jews declined drastically. The late 1980s, however, saw a renewed fascination with Jews and their alleged impact on Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Medieval Roots of Antisemitism
Subtitle of host publicationContinuities and Discontinuities from the Middle Ages to the Present Day
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781351120814
ISBN (Print)9781138630888
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018

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© 2018 selection and editorial matter, Jonathan Adams and Cordelia Heß; individual chapters, the contributors.

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