2020: Networking for War Criminal Amnesty

Quelle: The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 18 | Issue 7 | Number 1 | Article ID 5383 | Apr 01, 2020
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Networking for War Criminal Amnesty:
The Establishment of Japan’s War Convicted Benefit Society

Keyao Pan

This article makes use of network analysis to examine the establishment of the War Convicted Benefit Society (Sensō jukei-sha sewa-kai), an influential advocacy group in the popular movement that pushed for amnesty for Japanese war criminals from 1952 to 1958. By graphing the networks created by members of the Society, I demonstrate that early Occupation policies, precisely those that convicted and purged these old elites and resulted in the detention of many of them in Sugamo prison, actually created a new network of conservative power figures by linking the otherwise unconnected old mid-rank military network and the old colonial/political elite network to rally around their common experience of being “prosecuted.”

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