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Hard Times in the HometownA History of Community Survival in Modern Japan$
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Martin Dusinberre

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835248

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835248.001.0001

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Bridging the Postwar Divide

Bridging the Postwar Divide

(p.119) 8 Bridging the Postwar Divide
Hard Times in the Hometown

Martin Dusinberre

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks at how the completion of the Kaminoseki Great Bridge has been perceived as a symbolic act in the healing of intratown divisions. The editors of the Town News reported that the realization of this bridge, directly connecting Nagashima to the mainland, is both a historical achievement and a crucial factor in advancing the economy and culture of every district in the town. However, the chapter argues that the emphasis on “advancing” (zenshin) the town's economy grew out of a shared sense that Kaminoseki was in fact lagging behind the rest of the country. Although standards of living did improve during the 1960s, the hyperbole of Town News editors could not hide the fact that there remained a divide between the Kaminoseki and national economies.

Keywords:   Kaminoseki Great Bridge, intratown divisions, Nagashima, zenshin, Kaminoseki, Town News

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