Yōshū Chikanobu Scene of the Diet 1890s, WikiMedia Commons.
The Peace Preservation Act of 1925
“Anyone who has formed an association with altering the kokutai, or the system of private property, and anyone who has joined such an association with full knowledge of its object, shall be liable to imprisonment with or without hard labour, for a term not exceeding ten years.”
With the vague and subjective term kokutai, the government was now able to outlaw any form of dissent.
I’m not sure I understand how the altering of private property created the ability of the government to outlaw dissent. Is it like a union? Holly
Sorry, that term kokutai is very confusing.
It best refers to something like the “national essence of Japan.”
See the next post.
Kokitai is (in whole or in part): a) the (allegedly) unbroken line of emperors from ancient antiquity to the present; b) an eternal and unchangeable national entity; c) that which unites all Japanese as one family; d) that which obliges Japanese to obey the Imperial Will; e) that which is manifest in personal behavior by loyalty and filial piety; f) something that is glorious; g) the basis of Japan as a nation; h) something that might be found shining in shrines in Japan; i) something that we should seek to know.