First and foremost, I would like to thank my family for their support as I worked on this book. The initial idea was hatched during our time in Singapore and fully developed after our move to Australia. Leaving friends, familiar surroundings, and much-loved schools was not an easy thing to do, and I have been repeatedly impressed by my two sons’ capacity to embrace their new lives in a foreign country without complaint and with such vigor and accomplishment. The greatest credit for this must go to my wife who has kept things running smoothly and has been the light at the center of our lives as we moved across borders.
Much of the primary source documentation used in this study is housed at the Kyōsei Shakai Kenkyū Sentā at Rikkyō University in Tokyo. I thank Murano Izumi and all of the staff at the center for generously granting me access to all of this material as well as to endless hours monopolizing the office scanner. My visits to the center also resulted in numerous fortuitous encounters with scholars working on Japanese social movements that greatly enriched my understanding of the field. Most of all, the late Michiba Chikanobu generously shared his views, encyclopedic knowledge, and path-breaking research on countless movements. Through Michiba-san’s work I have come to appreciate just how transnationally active Japanese activists have been throughout the postwar period, especially in Asia.
I have benefited greatly from support and friendships at two institutions: the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Australian National University (ANU). At NUS, Thang Leng-Leng and Hendrik Meyer-Ohle made it possible for me to begin the research that ultimately led to this book. During my years at NUS, Tim Amos was a trusted confidant who graciously served as a sounding board for my ideas. At the ANU I have been supported and intellectually enriched by many colleagues including Tomoko Akami, Shiro Armstrong, Jenny Corbett, Carol Hayes, Li Narangoa, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, and Veronica Taylor. I am particularly grateful to Tessa Morris-Suzuki for welcoming me into her various research initiatives. Her work on daily life and survival politics has been truly enlightening for me and directly shaped the arguments in this book.
(p.viii) I sincerely thank Stephanie Chun for her interest in the project and wholehearted support throughout the publishing process. Deepest gratitude also to production editor Kristen Bettcher and to Susan Campbell for her careful and thoughtful copyediting of the text. I thank the reviewers for their constructive comments and suggestions, which I have tried to incorporate as much as possible.
Special mention also to the Australian Research Council, which sponsored this project with a generous grant under the Future Fellowship scheme. This funding made it possible for me to conduct multiple research trips to Japan and collect a massive amount of data and interview material. Thanks also to the Japan Foundation that supported an initial exploratory research trip to Japan in the latter half of 2012.