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Manchukuo as ‘the State of Morality-Righteousness’ and Kenkoku University -On the Discourse of Sakuda Soichi, Nishi Sinichiro, Ch'oe Nam-Son

Haesoo Kang 1

1일본 국제기독교대학

Candidate

ABSTRACT

This study analyses writings that discuss ‘the existence and purpose’ (the principle and ‘the true meaning’ according to Sakuda) of Manchukuo by Sakuda Soichi, the vice-chancellor of Manchuria Kenkoku University and the head of the research division. Along with this the paper discusses the discourse of ‘morality-righteousness’(Ch: 道義) and ‘the state of moralityrighteousness’( Ch: 道義國家) expanded by Nishi Shinichiro, the emeritus professor of Kenkoku Univeristy and Ch'oe Nam-son who was invited as a ‘policy professor’. I think through how ‘morality-righteousness’ and ‘the state of morality-righteousness’ discourse as part of Imperial Japan's ‘imperial consciousness’ gave rise to a national ideology of Manchukuo and the problems associated with it. Lastly I offer to trace how Ch'oe Nam-son's ‘morality-righteousness’ and ‘the state of morality-righteousness’ discourse may be connected to Rhee Syngman's ‘National founding ideology’ as well as ‘the movement to enhance righteousness’ under the Park Chung-hee regime.

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