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The Paranoid ApocalypseA Hundred-Year Retrospective on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion$
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Richard Landes and Steven T. Katz

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814748923

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814748923.001.0001

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The Protocols in Japan

The Protocols in Japan

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The Paranoid Apocalypse

David G. Goodman

NYU Press

This chapter traces the long-standing presence of the Protocols in Japan, its natural alliance with a number of both Christian and Buddhist millenarian traditions, and the political—often imperial—schemes it helped inspire among its “believers.” The text enjoyed its heyday in the 1980s via the writings of a Christian preacher, Uno Masami. By assuring the Japanese that he could help them understand the world and Japan, he wrote huge bestsellers, and the Protocols got a respectful, even enthusiastic look in mainstream and academic circles. And despite the text's popularity, it did not necessarily translate into the atrocities characteristic of the Nazis; in some cases it led to alliances with the Jews and efforts to bring them to Japan so that the nation could benefit from their intellectual and cultural resources, illustrating that not all believers in the Protocols take it as a “warrant for genocide” against the Jews.

Keywords:   Japan, Uno Masami, mainstream culture, academia, alliances with Jews

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