This week we will be discussing the great political wheeler and dealer of modern Japanese politics: Tanaka Kakuei. We will trace the rise of this man of the people, the heights of his power, and his eventual fall from grace, as well as discussing his political legacy. Also, there will be bizarre assassination plots involving yakuza and revenge-minded porno actors. Should be a good time.
Listen to the episode here
Schlesinger, Jacob. Shadow Shoguns: The Rise and Fall of Postwar Japan’s Political Machine.
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