Neighborhood and Nation in Tokyo, 1905–1937

Hastings has given us a rich and revealing account of the urban Japanese experience in the prewar decades from the point of view of ordinary residents, as well as urban administrators and policy-makers.
Japanese Studies

In this pre-World War II analysis of working-class areas of Tokyo, primarily its Honjo ward, Hastings shows that bureaucrats, particularly in the Home Ministry, were concerned with the needs of their citizens and took significant steps to protect the city's working families and the poor. She also demonstrates that the public participated broadly in politics, through organizations such as reservist groups, national youth leagues, neighborhood organizations, as well as growing suffrage and workplace organizations.

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Sally Ann Hastings

Sally Ann Hastings is associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies Program at Purdue University.

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