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Introduction: Japan and the High Treason Incident

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  • In January 1911 in Tokyo, twelve people - eleven men and one woman - were

    executed for the crime of high treason (taigyakuzai) after being judged guilty of

    plotting to assassinate the Emperor Meiji. These were the first prosecutions for

    that crime under the newly enacted Japanese Criminal Code of 1908. The leaders

    of the putative plot - Kotoku Shilsui and his partner, Kanno Suga - were journalists,

    activists and intellectual leaders of the fledgling socialist movement in

    Japan. After years of struggle and repression, Kotoku and Kanno had gradually

    come to embrace an anarchist philosophy of direct action. Although the twentyfour

    other defendants were also members of the socialist movement, some had

    only a tenuous connection to Kotoku and Kanno. The incident received international

    attention in the mainstream media and in leftist circles at the time, and

    is still seen as an important juncture in the history of modem Japan. In this

    volume, we explore the historical implications of the dramatic events which have

    come to be known as the high treason incident (taigyakujiken).

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Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Mackie, V. C. & Yamaizumi, S. (2013). Introduction: Japan and the High Treason Incident. In M. Gavin & B. Middleton (Eds.), Japan and the High Treason Incident (pp. 1-14). London: Routledge.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/832

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  • Japan and the High Treason Incident

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Abstract


  • In January 1911 in Tokyo, twelve people - eleven men and one woman - were

    executed for the crime of high treason (taigyakuzai) after being judged guilty of

    plotting to assassinate the Emperor Meiji. These were the first prosecutions for

    that crime under the newly enacted Japanese Criminal Code of 1908. The leaders

    of the putative plot - Kotoku Shilsui and his partner, Kanno Suga - were journalists,

    activists and intellectual leaders of the fledgling socialist movement in

    Japan. After years of struggle and repression, Kotoku and Kanno had gradually

    come to embrace an anarchist philosophy of direct action. Although the twentyfour

    other defendants were also members of the socialist movement, some had

    only a tenuous connection to Kotoku and Kanno. The incident received international

    attention in the mainstream media and in leftist circles at the time, and

    is still seen as an important juncture in the history of modem Japan. In this

    volume, we explore the historical implications of the dramatic events which have

    come to be known as the high treason incident (taigyakujiken).

UOW Authors


Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Mackie, V. C. & Yamaizumi, S. (2013). Introduction: Japan and the High Treason Incident. In M. Gavin & B. Middleton (Eds.), Japan and the High Treason Incident (pp. 1-14). London: Routledge.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/832

Book Title


  • Japan and the High Treason Incident

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 14