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The Roots of the Modern Ideology of Right Wing of Japanese Political Spectrum
The overall aim of this paper is to examine the content of contemporary Japan’s right-wing rhetoric and to prove the existence of the continuity in Japanese rightist ideology, as well as to reveal the influence which this connection exerts on its current functioning. The author argues that the main constitutive ideas of this discourse stem from Meiji (1868 – 1912) period, during which modern nation-state was created and new ideology was formed to consolidate the population and construct ideological substantiation for future military expansion. In this process the preceding elements of Japanese culture were reinterpreted in order to serve as the source of ideological foundation. In Chapter 1 the author examines historical preconditions of the formation of nationalism and statist ideology, isolates its various basic elements, such as Shinto beliefs or Confucian values, and identifies their role and effect. In Chapter 2 the author traces their development over time and provides a comparison of the internal structure and functioning of contemporary right-wing ideology with its predecessor. The author comes to an overall conclusion that despite of significant changes over time conditioned by such events as American occupation contemporary rightist ideology serves the same goal as in previous historical periods and contains the same structural elements.