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The reaction in my class was...interesting, from what I heard (I had to go out of town, so I saw he video early).  There were people in my class who, when they saw the assassination of the Socialist party leader, cluelessly asked, "That was a re-enactment, right?"  ::)

And I just love how the footage of the Miike miners' strike serves to absolutlely destroy the stereotype of the docile and obedient Japanese worker, slaving away at his job and smiling placidly no matter what, all for the sake of Neo-Confucian harmony and and conformity.  Yeah, right.  ;)

At least they reacted. Half of my class went to bed once the lights went out, and since my Prof was a bit more interested in mentioning how she doesn't remember much of her undergrad at Harvard because she was stoned all the time, she didn't exactly notice.  ;D  I'll grant you it's not the most thrilling piece if you aren't into the topic, but it wasn't *that* bad. I found it especially interesting as a contrast to a movie she showed us first, which for the life of me I can't remember the name of... some really terribly cliche 80's/early 90's piece with Jane Seymour that concentrated more on the dedicated worker/inferior female dicotemy than on any of the actual events or progress in the Japanese work force. The class was apathetic, at best, except for the one guy whose wife was Japanese; he had a genuine interest in the material.

At least the modern Japanese post-work release mechanism works. Get drunk and never mention it again. Over here they always try to put you in those programs for drinking every day.  ::)


I think PBS had a really great documentary on that kind of stuff; well, it was a part of a larger documentary series, and I don't know if it was PBS per se, or just Annenberg.  I'm sure you've probably seen it: "Inside Japan, Inc."?  A little dated, but still relevant, I think.
That I do. My professor actually played it in my Making of Modern Japan class. Definitely still relevant. Part of what influenced me for my thesis.

My husband has my lappy at work tonight and that's the only place I have a copy of it since my major HD crash in May. I'll shoot you a message tommorow when I can get a copy of it. :P I know it kind of picks up past our conversation here, but I at least found it interesting... but I'm the freak who specialized in the history of technology.


If I remember her argument correctly, it was that the Japanese government was already trying to discuss terms of surrender with the US for months before the bombs were dropped.  They knew the war was not going well for Japan (the understatement of the century, if ever there was one!), that the country was in shambles, their navy and air force destroyed at Midway, their population starving to death, their cities (made of wood and paper still) destroyed by US air raids.  The main concern they had as far as conditions went was the safety of the Emperor (something which MacArthur was wise enough to protect after their surrender anyway; perhaps one of the only smart things he ever did in East Asian policy); the main thing holding the Japanese government back from accepting unconditional surrender was the fear that the Emperor would be tried and executed for war crimes and atrocities committed in East Asia.  So her arument had more to do with what was going on inside the Japanese government itself, among the decision-makers at the time, according to many archival documents.  She really didn't examine popular opinion (I don't think) because it wasn't really relevant to what she was looking at.  Even if the average Japanese on the street was brainwashed and willing to fight to the death, it doesn't necessarily translate into the policy of the government; the Emperor and his "advisors" really didn't depend that much on popular approval for their legitimacy (that's why they had the lineage of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu BS).  I really do think it would be interesting to compare notes.

Popular opinion isn't irrelevant for many reasons, the least of which is the effect on later relations between the nations. Regardless of the governments plans (or lack thereof, as what is said and what was planning to be done are different depending on who you choose to beleive), the people of the nation would not have given up the war with their nation surrendering. As it stands now, we have a strong relationship with Japan that resulted from a thorough defeat. This is something that I strongly feel would not have happened with a peace treaty.

Furthermore, I think it's completely imperceptive to say that keeping the emperor was the only wise thing MacArthur did. MacArthur's postwar work and the subsequent constitution that was developed set the stage for the country to develop as rapidly as it did, particularly in the technology sector. Of course, I feel rather strongly about this since this was the *exact* topic of my thesis. I'd be happy to send it to you, if you're interested.  :P

In any case, I strongly dislike political debate, because when it comes to politics, there is never a chance of changing the other person's mind. It's like arguing with a wall. (that pertains to me as well, of course!  ;D)

The problem is that when it comes to law school a good GPA for your institution is not necessarily a good GPA compared to the applicant pool. A 3.65 is just average compared to everyone else (trust me, I know, I had a 3.67) because of the level of student applying to law school. That's why they put more stock in the LSAT, the GPA isn't going to help unless it's closer to a 4, and you still would have had problems with a 135. They can pull a 3.65 out of anywhere.
The problem is even if you talk to advisors at your school, not all of them understand the importance of the LSAT. Get kapalan, do TM, do something, and bring that score up! I know it sucks being in the PA area, because most of the PA schools and all of the NJ schools are top 100. But if you can just get that up closer to the 160 range, you'll definitely get in somewhere. Spend the year researching your ass off, make a reasonable list, and study, study, study! ;D


Another poster called Paikea did research on the same subject, yet came to the exact opposite conclusion.  It might be interesting if you and s/he could compare notes.  Hell, maybe you could organize a whole symposium on the subject.  As a complete history nerd, I'm being completely serious.  ;)

I don't know how Paikea researched, and I personally think that everyone will skew the research to their own liking, as is unavoidable for humans. But I spent a lot of time gathering info from friends' grandparents in Japan who lived through it and had a feel of the time more than books or articles since they all will have more of tilt, at least in this section of research. It's a huge political argument, of course. But it is unquestionable that the fight to the death mentality that existed at the time had a huge influence. I don't think any amount of note comparing will come to a conclusion, just a massive political arguement. ;)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Whittier LS on Probation by ABA
« on: August 12, 2005, 08:43:40 AM »
That's awful convienent of them to release this information two days before our tuition becomes only 80% refundable.
If I were you, I definitely wouldn't ditch at this point.. better to just start where you're already settled to go. I would stick it out for the year and bust my ass to transfer if you feel very uncomfortable with their status. If anything, it gives you a great reason to write on transfer apps!

As someone who spent the last year researching the end of WWII in Japan for her thesis, I always find it astounding that people can draw this comparison. The war in Japan would have dragged on much longer and the victory probably would have been much less decisive without the nukes being dropped, something that even then was so widely criticized. But would anyone who touts that great victory support the same tactic today? (not that I think it's entirely feasible given the scattered nature of the enemy)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Whittier LS on Probation by ABA
« on: August 11, 2005, 08:54:40 PM »
Wow! As if this final stretch of pre-law wasn't hard enough. What the F? Should I just bail now and retake the LSAT in order to attend another school?  If my goal was to transfer, will schools be less likely to allow me to if Whittier is on probation? ???

I would hope that it wouldn't reflect on you like that. Any other schools should know that despite the current status of your school, you applied and made your decision before that. Besides, I doubt they'll actually lose it. As was said before, it will be a problem if/when they lose it only for the future students... it should be a no-brainer that the status was different when you made that decision.

I shopped about two weeks ago.. online... on a clearance blowout. :D I'm cheap and poor. But it was fun! :P

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