2017: What is the Aim of Nippon Kaigi

Nationalism in the Abe Era
The Asia-Pacific Journal | Japan Focus Volume 15 | Issue 21 | Number 1 | Nov 01, 2017
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What is the Aim of Nippon Kaigi, the Ultra-Right Organization that Supports Japan’s Abe Administration?¹
Tawara Yoshifumi
Translation by Asia Policy Point, Senior Fellow William Brooks and Senior Research Assistant Lu Pengqiao Introduction by Tomomi Yamaguchi (http://apjjf.org/#_edn1)


Introduction

Nippon Kaigi (http://www.nipponkaigi.org/) [The Japan Conference], established in 1997, is the largest right-wing organization in Japan. The organization is a major supporter of the current Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, and both Japanese and foreign media report that Abe, and many of his cabinet, are prominent member of its Diet Members League. Despite Nippon Kaigi’s influence on governmental policies of Japan, the organization was little known to the general public until 2015. In 2016, however, numerous books and magazine articles focusing on Nippon Kaigi were published, some becoming best sellers. This created a “Nippon Kaigi boom” in the publishing world.2

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