|The 1936 uprising in historical photographs (from newspapers of the time, etc.).|
|The 1936 uprising in cinema: 1962's 二・二六事件 脱出 & 1989's 226.|
At a time when Article 9 of the Japanese constitution is being re-examined, Kita Ikki (北 一輝) provides a political philosophy of military domination that is as blunt and direct as Thomas Hobbes or Machiavelli --and yet (unlike Hobbes or Machiavelli) his objectives were to create and maintain a "citizen state" of "social democracy". (Wilson, 1966, p. 91) Kita's combination of militarism, socialism, and democracy (with an expansive view of Japan's leadership for the rest of Asia) is, perhaps, more salient to 21st century Japanese politics than anyone would like to admit.