Weekly Toyo Keizai

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Toyo Keizai Shimpo / Weekly Toyo Keizai was inaugurated in Meiji 28 (1895), when Japan’s economic modernization began activities that would send ripples through history. At the time, there was great anticipation for a business and financial magazine that would monitor the government, advise businesspersons, and inform readers about the world economy. With freedom, democracy, and international peace as its basic principles, it developed a unique voice on a wide range of topics, from government rule to social criticism. It engaged in thoroughgoing criticism of Japan’s foreign expansion and imperialism from the standpoint of “lesser Japanism,” argued for lifting the gold export embargo, called for universal suffrage – an appeal ahead of its time – and opposed the country’s withdrawal from the League of Nations. Representative critics of the time who wielded the pen for the magazine include Tanzan Ishibashi, who would later become prime minister, Tameyuki Amano, Tetsutaro Miura, and Kamekichi Takahashi. Read more

On trial until 28 October 2018

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Weekly Toyo Keizai