Why didn't communism succeed in Japan?

Jake10

Ad Honoris
Oct 2010
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#1
Around the 1920s, communism was gaining support in Japan. Factory workers were fed up with bad treatment and constantly protested, repeatedly asking to be treated like human beings. This sounds like a country ripe for the pickings for a communist takeover, yet it didn't happen. Why?
 

infestør

Ad Honorem
Jan 2012
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localhost
#2
one word: emperor
the japanese were very much loyal to the emperor, even if he was to be kept as a figurehead. that's why they would rather accept american invasion than soviet (it didn't exactly play out like that but regardless they managed to keep the crown).
 
Mar 2011
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dragon's area
#3
japanese communism can't break the old social political system that is strong ruled by old political groups.


then later oversea war and oversea colonialism moved these problem to other countries people.


militarism rised in end of 20's.
 
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Jake10

Ad Honoris
Oct 2010
11,960
Canada
#4
japanese communism can't break the old social political system that is strong ruled by old political groups.


then later oversea war and oversea colonialism moved these problem to other countries people.


militarism rised in end of 20's.
But, how about the sentiments of the workers? Did they still feel they were being mistreated?
 
Apr 2013
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somewhere dark
#6
I recalled hearing in my history class that Japanese communism party (JCP) was an illegal party back in 1920s, and at some point it supported China so it was not really popular. And the living standard of the workers was increased to an acceptable one, so they were not as relentless as their counterpart in other countries. I think that's the main reason why communism didnt succeed in Japan.
 
Apr 2013
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Lapland
#7
Around the 1920s, communism was gaining support in Japan. Factory workers were fed up with bad treatment and constantly protested, repeatedly asking to be treated like human beings. This sounds like a country ripe for the pickings for a communist takeover, yet it didn't happen. Why?
Where did communism succeed?
 
Jan 2013
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#8
Because communism has a fatal flaw. Marx said change can only come about through revolution. This is not true. Change can come at the ballot box, or the military can take over. Militarist took over in Japan.
 
Feb 2013
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#9
In no small part because the Imperial Japanese Army didn't disintegrate into an incohesive, ideological mess like happened with the Reichswehr when it was refashioned into the army that swore personal loath to Hitler, or to the old army of Nicholas II. The IJA and the Kempeitei were too powerful for Japanese Communism to crush.