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Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Stereotype (review)

Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Stereotype (review) Book Reviews Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Stereotype, by David G. Goodman and Masanori Miyazawa. New York: The Free Press, 1995. 360 pp. $24.95. Since the mid-1980s Japan has produced a large number of antisemitic books, such as The jewish Plot to Control the World, The Expert Way of Reading the jewish Protocols, and The Secret ofjewish Power that Moves the World. These books, along with reasoned and balanced books on Jews and Jewish culture, have been wildly popular, filling "Jewish corners" in bookstores. Two such books, both by Uno Masami, together sold more than a million copies in their first six months. jews in the japanese Mind, by David Goodman and Masanori Miyazawa, points out that many of the works, including Uno's, draw on the Protocols of the Elders ofZion, written by the Russian secret police as part of the anti-Dreyfus campaign in France and first published in Japanese in 1924. The Protocols purports that a Jewish conspiracy fosters liberalism, democracy, atheism, and licentiousness in order to undermine Gentile society and creates Jewish monopolies in order to gain economic control. Although The Protocols has been exposed as a fabrication, it http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Stereotype (review)

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Book Reviews Jews in the Japanese Mind: The History and Uses of a Cultural Stereotype, by David G. Goodman and Masanori Miyazawa. New York: The Free Press, 1995. 360 pp. $24.95. Since the mid-1980s Japan has produced a large number of antisemitic books, such as The jewish Plot to Control the World, The Expert Way of Reading the jewish Protocols, and The Secret ofjewish Power that Moves the World. These books, along with reasoned and balanced books on Jews and Jewish culture, have been wildly popular, filling "Jewish corners" in bookstores. Two such books, both by Uno Masami, together sold more than a million copies in their first six months. jews in the japanese Mind, by David Goodman and Masanori Miyazawa, points out that many of the works, including Uno's, draw on the Protocols of the Elders ofZion, written by the Russian secret police as part of the anti-Dreyfus campaign in France and first published in Japanese in 1924. The Protocols purports that a Jewish conspiracy fosters liberalism, democracy, atheism, and licentiousness in order to undermine Gentile society and creates Jewish monopolies in order to gain economic control. Although The Protocols has been exposed as a fabrication, it

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1996

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