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Afterword: Notes On A Death

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The years between 1935 and 1940 represent the pinnacle of Miki Kiyoshi's philosophical achievement and public influence. Without the protection and privileges accorded by his position of leadership within such an influential organisation, Miki found himself exposed to government suppression and censorship. Miki died not under the repressive regime of an authoritarian government in the throes of defeat, but under the Allied Occupation which had begun six weeks earlier with a pledge to instil in the Japanese people "a desire for individual liberties and respect for fundamental human rights". This was not a good start. News of the death of one of Japan's most eminent philosophers in such appalling circumstances shocked foreign correspondents in Japan causing a considerable amount of embarrassment and political fall-out within General Douglas MacArthur's headquarters.

Keywords: Japanese biographers; Miki Kiyoshi

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