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The War, Military Expenditures, And Postbellum Fiscal And Monetary Policy In Japan

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This chapter examines images of Japanese women not as illustrating their historical roles but, rather, as reflections of the cultural arena. The female roles discussed were often associated with anguish and reactivity. In its centennial perspective, the author suggests an alternative reading of these images as supporting the formulating narrative of the modernizing Japanese state. According to Nancy Huston, women's tears signify common motif in war stories: their potential violation by the enemy. The fundamental change of Japanese identity during the Meiji period, and particularly during the Russo-Japanese War can be rephrased in postcolonial terms as a shift from the Orient to the Occident, and consequently in gender terms as transmission from the feminine to the masculine. The weeping faces of widows and wives, willingly sacrificing or forcefully violated, narrate the growing mobilization of Japanese women and men to the service of the state.

Keywords: Japanese identity; Japanese women's tears; Meiji period; Nancy Huston; Russo-Japanese War



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