Title

Abe Isoo's social democratic commitment to future citizens after the high treason incident

Date of this Version

2013

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

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Gavin, M. (2013). Abe Isoo's social democratic commitment to future citizens after the high treason incident. In M. Gavin & B Middleton Japan and the High Treason Incident (pp.147-158). London, United Kingdom:Routledge.

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2013 HERDC Submission. FoR code: 210302

ISBN

9780415509374

Abstract

Abe Isoo, regarded as the father of both socialism and baseball in Japan, was one of the country's most eminent intellectuals in the first half of the last century. A Christian and non-revolutionary socialist, he was professor of economics at Tokyo Senmon Gakko (the forerunner to Waseda University) from 1899 to 1926, the year he became chairman of the Social People's Party (Shakai Minshuto). During the 'winter years' of Japanese socialism, Abe broadened his target audience from fellow intellectuals to include students and members of the 'vulnerable masses' - workers, women, and children. As such, he was one of very few early socialists {shoki shakaishugisha) who communicated directly with the wider Japanese public, encouraging in them in a spirit of fair play and collaboration with the aim of improving society. Abe, a long-time advocate of state ownership of land and non-profit public enterprises, considered these qualities essential for realizing the central tenets of socialism.

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