Emergent Japan

Archive Report

Surge of Economy and National Esteem

Expo 70 as Symbol of Japanese New Self-Pride

One hundred years ago Japan was still emerging from feudalism. Twenty-five years ago it was a nation in ruins after defeat in war. Today Japan on the eve of the opening of Expo 70 is an economic superpower, outranked only by the United States and Russia. What lies ahead is of great concern, and hope, on both sides of the Pacific. Premier Eisaku Sato told the Diet (parliament) on Feb. 14 the 1970s would be “an era in which Japan's national power will carry unprecedented weight in world affairs.”

Pushed back onto their barren islands after the allied victory in 1945, demoralized and in international disgrace, the Japanese people have made an astounding ...

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