Jews & the Japanese: The Successful Outsiders

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Tuttle Publishing, Jan 24, 2012 - History - 256 pages
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"Few peoples have drawn the 'us' and 'them' line so clearly and maintained it for so long." —From The Jews and the Japanese

It is difficult to imagine two more widely different—almost incompatible—societies than those of the Jews and the Japanese: a people spread over the four corners of the world versus a people with an almost uninterrupted history of sovereignty in its own land: geographical heterogeneity versus linguistic and cultural homogeneity; a cosmopolitan experience versus an island mentality; strict religious and moral commandments versus group–based and aesthetically bound values. Yet, there are also surprising analogies between these two peoples. It is this extraordinary combination of similarities and differences that are explored.

In The Jews and the Japanese, Professor Shillony describes how these two peoples, both rich in cultural heritage and historical experiences, have interacted with the Christian West, their outstanding achievements and immense tragedies, and their attempts to integrate with the West and its repeated rejection of them.
 

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Contents

PREFACE
9
Chosen Peoples and Promised Lands
15
Affirmation of Life and Centrality of Nation
26
Security Lost and Security Assured
34
Two Peoples of the Book
45
Seclusion and Explosion
53
Master or Genius?
62
The Rejection of Christianity
70
Japan Supports Zionism after World War I
151
Zionism Stirs Messianic Hopes in Japan
158
The Rise of Japanese AntiSemitism
164
The Abstract Jewish Demon
171
Japan Saves Jews in World War II
178
Jewish Scientists and the Atomic Bomb
190
Jews in the Allied Occupation of Japan
194
A Developing Relationship
201

Salvation by Emigration
82
From Auschwitz to Hiroshima
91
Jew Baiting and Japan Bashing
104
Connections and Relations
109
The Jews and the Beginning of Modern Japan
111
The Legend of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel
134
The Jewish Role in the RussoJapanese War
143
Japanese Attraction to Israel and Judaism
208
A New Wave of Japanese AntiSemitism?
216
Prospects for the Future
223
REFERENCES
227
INDEX
237
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Ben-Ami Shillony is Louis Frieberg Professor of East Asian SBen-Ami Shillony is Louis Frieberg Professor of East Asian Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing itudies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, specializing in Japanese history and culture. He is a former Chairman of tn Japanese history and culture. He is a former Chairman of the university's Harry S.Truman Research Institute for the Adhe university's Harry S.Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. His writings on Japan are extensive in Evancement of Peace. His writings on Japan are extensive in English, Hebrew and Japanese, with many of his essays in Englnglish, Hebrew and Japanese, with many of his essays in English appearing in Collected Writings of Ben-Ami Shillony (Japish appearing in Collected Writings of Ben-Ami Shillony (Japan Library, 2000). His other major works in English include an Library, 2000). His other major works in English include Revolt in Japan (1973), Politics and Culture in Wartime JapaRevolt in Japan (1973), Politics and Culture in Wartime Japan (1981 and 1991) and The Jews and the Japanese (1992). n (1981 and 1991) and The Jews and the Japanese (1992).

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