Karl Marx Goes to Japan: a talk by Bertell Ollman

Bill Koehnlein nyms1 at nyxfer.blythe.org
Mon Nov 6 18:30:44 MST 1995

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                Thursday, November 9 at 8 pm

            Why Does the Emperor Need the Yakuza?
        Toward a Marxist Theory of the Japanese State

                  a talk by Bertell Ollman

What is the relation between the higher bureaucracy and the
elected government in the Japanese state? What is the relation
between the Japanese state and the capitalist class?...between
the Japanese state and the U.S. state?...between the Japanese
state and the Emperor System?...between the Emperor System and
the Japanese Yakuza (mafia)? And does the Japanese Communist
Party, the largest communist party in any capitalist country,
fit into all this?

Bertell Ollman is a professor of politics at New York University,
and is the author of _Alienation: Marx's Conception of Man in
Capitalist Society_, _Social and Sexual Revolution_,
_Dialectics_, and many other works. He is also the creator of the
board game, "Class Struggle." Ollman spent the last year-and-a-
half in Japan researching current Japanese left movements and

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