Episode 471 - The Osaka Incident
History of Japan Podcast
by Isaac Meyer
4d ago
This week: the bizarre story of an attempted coup in Korea that, along the way, touches on everything from Japanese liberalism to the birth of overseas empire.  Show notes here.  ..read more
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Episode 470 - The Vaccinators, Part 2
History of Japan Podcast
by Isaac Meyer
1w ago
If the first translation of a text on smallpox vaccination in Japan was finished in 1820, how did it take another 29 years for the first mass vaccination campaigns to begin? The answers involve everything from a German doctor accused of being a spy to networks of physicians trying to navigate obscure bureaucracy. And they might remind you more of the last few years than you'd think. Show notes here ..read more
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Episode 469 - The Vaccinators, Part 1
History of Japan Podcast
by Isaac Meyer
2w ago
This week: the elimination of smallpox is probably one of the greatest medical accomplishments in human history. The vaccine that made it possible, however, was invented during a time of isolation for Japan. So how did the vaccine make it to Japanese shores, and what does that story tell us about public health, the sharing of information, and the nature of society in late feudal Japan?  Show notes here.  ..read more
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Episode 468 - To Eat Their Own
History of Japan Podcast
by Isaac Meyer
3w ago
This week, we're looking at the implosion of the Japanese New Left with a focus on the factional conflicts of the Zengakuren. How did a student youth movement end up divided into 20+ factions, the two largest of which engaged in a multi-decade war of assasination and street violence against each other? And how might that be connected to the general decline of Japan's left-wing opposition more broadly? Show notes here ..read more
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Episode 467 - The Cause of Peace
History of Japan Podcast
by Isaac Meyer
1M ago
This week, we're looking at a very different kind of 60s protest movement: an attempt to build a cross-sectarian, non-ideological movement to oppose the American war in Vietnam. How did the anti-Vietnam War movement emerge in its Japan, and how did it simultaneously grow to a massive size and fail to have any appreciable political impact? Show notes here.  ..read more
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Episode 466 - Rebels Without a Cause, Part 2
History of Japan Podcast
by Isaac Meyer
1M ago
This week, for the final episode of 2022: the Zenkyoto movement arrives at Japan's largest private school. Plus: how did a movement that grew so big so quickly fall apart just as fast? Show notes here ..read more
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Episode 465 - Rebels Without a Cause, Part 1
History of Japan Podcast
by Isaac Meyer
1M ago
This week, we're beginning a month on radical activism in the 1960s with a look at the student uprisings of 1968. Today is all about where those uprisings came from, how they're related to the "two Zens" of the 1960s, and the specific example of the University of Tokyo, where a debate about student medical internships turned into a violent and bloody battle between leftist student groups. Show notes here.  ..read more
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Episode 463 - The Afterlives of a Samurai
History of Japan Podcast
by Isaac Meyer
2M ago
This week is all about a biography of a fascinating figure of the Meiji Restoration: Oguri Tadamasa. But it's also about much more: about how the present shapes our view of the past, and about how, as a result, the ways we talk about someone long dead can shift and change as well. Show notes here ..read more
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Episode 462 - The Empty Throne, Part 5
History of Japan Podcast
by Isaac Meyer
2M ago
This week, we wrap up our imperial biographies with a look at the Meiji Emperor's relationship to three important aspects of his reign: the constitution, the wars fought in his name, and his heir. Plus, we talk Meiji's death, and his legacy. Note: no episode next week for American Thanksgiving; show notes here.  ..read more
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Episode 460 - The Empty Throne, Part 3
History of Japan Podcast
by Isaac Meyer
3M ago
This week: the boy emperor Meiji takes responsibility for Japan's future. But what did that mean in practice? What does an emperor, especially a boy emperor, actually do? Show notes here ..read more
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