chapter  31
The Social History of Occupied Japan: Some Sources and Problems
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FOR THE PAST DECADE and a half the history of Occupied Japan has been a major theme of international research and controversy. The opening and microfilming of vast quantities of documents in Japan, the United States and Britain have stimulated much new writing, while the holding of major international conferences at the MacArthur Memorial, Amherst, Stanford, the Smithsonian and the Suntory-Toyota Centre has produced a species of new historical consensus. These developments may suggest that occupied Japan is already a conquered academic frontier.1 But this appears doubtful as soon as one ventures beyond diplomacy and politics, to explore the social history of these turbulent years.