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Happy Families

Episode 2 of 5

Delving further into the darker sides of Japan's recent history, Christopher Harding explores two starkly contrasting ideals of the 'family' in turn-of-the-century Japan.

Delving further into the darker sides of Japan's recent history, Christopher Harding explores two starkly contrasting models of "family" in turn-of-the-century Japan. One was a neo-Victorian idyll, epitomised by the Emperor serving as the benevolent head of a national family; the other was symbolised by a woman who joined a group of anarchists plotting to assassinate the Emperor and by feminists who opposed "the heavy investment of powerful people in this familial ideal."
Producer: Sheila Cook.

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