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The Ideology of KokugoNationalizing Language in Modern Japan$
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Yeounsuk Lee

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833053

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.001.0001

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Language for the Co-Prosperity Sphere and the Internationalization of the Japanese Language

Language for the Co-Prosperity Sphere and the Internationalization of the Japanese Language

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(p.193) Chapter 14 Language for the Co-Prosperity Sphere and the Internationalization of the Japanese Language
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The Ideology of Kokugo
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Lee Yeounsuk

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824833053.003.0014

This chapter analyzes Hoshina's policy proposals for the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, as well as the internationalization of the Japanese language. Citing the success of kokugo policy in the colonies Taiwan and Korea, Hoshina attempted to chart the future direction of kokugo policy by gathering information about elements of kokugo education, such as school facilities and textbook compilations, in Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Burma, and China. And in discussing the language problems within the Co-Prosperity Sphere, Hoshina also remarked on the status of the Japanese language in the world. His argument that related the reform of Japanese to its overseas advancement did not come from ultranationalistic thinking. For his ideas about language, the Japanese defeat was not a blow that separated prewar from postwar time.

Keywords:   kokugo policy, internationalization, Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, Hoshina Kōichi, kokugo education, Japanese language, kokugo reforms, postwar Japan

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