Freeter Presentation Outline
Dream pursuing type:
Type of freeter that has specific dreams incompatible with a standard Japanese career. Bestor
explains how, Despite glorious dreams of being a manga cartoonist or designer, in fact, most
The Meiji Restoration 1/24/14
Meiji Restoration (1868)
Lunar, agricultural calendar to Western calendar (time changes)
Changed the era names (Ex: Tempo famines) to the ruling emperor names.
(Ex: Meiji era)
Meiji Restoration starts the Meiji era.
The Colonial Spoils of War 1/29/14
1873- Government institutes a conscript army from Heimin commoners.
This abolishes the samurai. Most turn into Heimen. Samurais accept large sum of
money and they are okay with this.
Land tax reform law- first internatio
A Civilized and Enlightened Society 2/3/14
Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905)
Japanese asked Theodore Roosevelt to help negotiating a treaty.
People call a rally to Hibiya Park in Tokyonext three days, they riot.
Angry about the Russo-Japanese War.
Taisho Democracy 2/14/14
National wave of sadness when Emperor Meiji died in 1912.
New emperor: Taisho Emperor (1912-1926)
People were anxious about new emperor. Not as capable as Emperor Meiji,
Taishos son Showa (Hirohito) take power 1926-1
The China Incident Becomes the Greater East Asia War 2/21/14
Ishiwara Kanji (1929) - predicts war between U.S and Japan.
Mukden Incident- Ishiwaras forces blow up their own railroad to blame it on the
Manchurian Incident (1931) - Kwantung
Sports, Sex and Screen: Japans Roaring Twenties 2/17/14
Peace Preservation Law (1925) - Any group that changed the national polity is
banned. Aim- Target anyone they see as a threat.
All of this results to a true new urban middle class in the Taisho era.
Troubled Late-Tokugawa Times 1/22/14
The Samurais look at this system and believe they should be on top but they see
other classes (Peasants wearing wealthy stuff) Other problems include,
Often in debt
70% of the Samurais end up taking side jobs
From War to Peace: The Tokugawa Shogunate 1/13
After the civil war till the late 15th century, three daimyos took power;
Oda Nobunaga (brutal)
Toyotomi Hideyoshi (persuasion)
Tokugawa Ieyosu (patience)
Battle of Sekigahara (1600) - Turning point. Vi
Such a thing as a Japanese Peasant?
What is a Japanese peasant and was there such a thing in modern Japan? In order to
analyze this, we must know what a peasant exactly is. A peasant, described by Dictionary.com,
is; a member of a class of
Imagine a live-at home college graduate or not a person with not even a college degree.
This person either has no job or has a part-time job at your local gas station. Now imagine 4.17
million of these people.
That is the number of people in Japan known