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Legitimating Empire, Legitimating Nation: The Scientific Study of Opium Addiction in Japanese Manchuria

Legitimating Empire, Legitimating Nation: The Scientific Study of Opium Addiction in Japanese... Abstract: Through a case study of scientific research on opium addiction in early twentieth-century Manchuria, the epicenter of the global narcotic economy, I trace the changing ways in which colonial medicine was used to legitimate Japanese imperialism. From a justification of empire, research on addiction was transformed into a source of validation for the Manchukuo nation-state. Distinctive practices, including the establishment of local, world-class laboratories and the training of subjects as scientists, highlight the relative importance of colonial medicine to Japanese imperialism, compared to the West. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of Japanese Studies Society for Japanese Studies

Legitimating Empire, Legitimating Nation: The Scientific Study of Opium Addiction in Japanese Manchuria

The Journal of Japanese Studies , Volume 38 (2) – Jul 14, 2012

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Abstract: Through a case study of scientific research on opium addiction in early twentieth-century Manchuria, the epicenter of the global narcotic economy, I trace the changing ways in which colonial medicine was used to legitimate Japanese imperialism. From a justification of empire, research on addiction was transformed into a source of validation for the Manchukuo nation-state. Distinctive practices, including the establishment of local, world-class laboratories and the training of subjects as scientists, highlight the relative importance of colonial medicine to Japanese imperialism, compared to the West.

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Published: Jul 14, 2012

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