Pulling Myself Together: Denise Welch
Explains the formation of a new constitution, as well as the democratization and demilitarization processes Includes a bibliography for further reading Includes a table of contents The American occupation of Japan holds a singular and problematic place in the histories both of Japan and of American foreign policy. For the Japanese, the occupation marked the transition from war to peace, from authoritarianism to democracy, and from privation to plenty, making it a passage from one of the darkest chapters in Japanese history to one of the brightest. Nevertheless, the significance of that passage was fraught with ambiguities; after all, Japan did not win its new democracy through revolution from below in the form of a popular indigenous movement pressing for increased rights and a more open, inclusive politics. Instead, Japanese democracy came as a revolution from above, a system imposed wholesale and virtually without consultation by an occupying army whose Supreme Allied Commander General Douglas MacArthur wielded power as absolute and unchecked as any emperor. Many critics at the time and since have worried that the political system established by the occupation was thus somehow hollow, a thin veneer of participatory democracy resting uncomfortably atop a deeply conservative and hierarchical culture, symbolized above all by the continuing presence of an emperor. Others have argued that the contradictions of a radical democratic revolution from above are real but irrelevant. Presented for the first time with open space for genuine political speech and action, ordinary Japanese seized the opportunity to exercise agency over the course of their own lives, pulling Japan in directions that neither the old Japanese political elite nor the new American occupation authorities had foreseen. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Welch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/034395/bk_acx0_034395_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Kyle and Sue climbed into a beautifully crafted, long white limousine. The car roared to life as the driver, a young man by the name of Jim, pressed down hard on the accelerator. Kyle and Sue were unceremoniously thrown back into their seats. Suddenly, without warning, the two were rudely ejected, ending up in the center of the car as the brakes were brutally applied. A black Mercedes had pulled in front of the sleek white car before it could make its escape. Three men jumped out of the Mercedes and began pulling savagely at the door handles. Suddenly three shots rang out. Only a moment later, the driver was yanked roughly out of the driver´s seat; his lifeless body falling head-first onto the pavement. A new man jumped into the driver´s seat and unlocked the rear doors. With side-arms drawn and pointed straight at Sue, the remaining two men climbed into the limousine. Kyle and Sue were trapped, and there was nothing he could do about it. The engine roared to life once again as the oversized car careened wildly around a corner and down the block. The driver, seemingly unaffected by this, looked casually into the rearview mirror and said, ´´Hello, Mr. Lassiter, I believe you have something that belongs to me.´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tim Welch. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/066597/bk_acx0_066597_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.