Stories of ideal Japanese subjects from the great Kantō earthquake of 1923

  title={Stories of ideal Japanese subjects from the great Kantō earthquake of 1923},
  author={Janet Borland},
  journal={Japanese Studies},
  pages={21 - 34}
  • J. Borland
  • Published 1 May 2005
  • Education
  • Japanese Studies
This article examines stories of ideal subjects published by the Ministry of Education within three months of Japan's most devastating natural disaster, the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake. The education materials, entitled Shinsai ni kansuru kyōiku shiryō, are a collection of stories of exemplary behaviour based on experiences of the earthquake and are imbued with moral values, such as loyalty to the Emperor and self-sacrifice. In this article I will demonstrate that widespread concerns about… 

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