This article has the following three objectives. The first is to display the thought and behavior of Japanese thinker Yasuma Takata (1883-1972), almost unknown in the West, who formulated a sociological theory and a socio-economic theory. The second is to examine how his thought and his behavior related to Japan wrong-doing during World War II and the issue of “responsibility/irresponsibility”. The third goal is to show that Takata’s thought actually remains deeply connected with modern Japanese currents of thought, as indicate thinker Masao Maruyama and fiction-writers Kenzaburo Ôe and Yasunari Kawabata.
JEL codes: B15, B31, N45
- Japan (“ambiguous Japan”)
- WW II
- war responsibility (and the idea of non-responsibility)