"Kissing is a symbol of democracy!": Dating, Democracy, and Romance in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952

@article{McLelland2010KissingIA,
  title={"Kissing is a symbol of democracy!": Dating, Democracy, and Romance in Occupied Japan, 1945-1952},
  author={Mark McLelland},
  journal={Journal of the History of Sexuality},
  year={2010},
  volume={19},
  pages={508 - 535}
}
  • Mark McLelland
  • Published 28 August 2010
  • History
  • Journal of the History of Sexuality
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