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The City as SubjectSeki Hajime and the Reinvention of Modern Osaka$
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Jeffrey Hanes

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520228498

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520228498.001.0001

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The People’s National Economy

The People’s National Economy

(p.53) 2 The People’s National Economy
The City as Subject

Jeffrey E. Hanes

University of California Press

On New Year's Day 1900, Seki Hajime warned his countrymen to be prepared for the approaching dawn of the Pacific Age; his warning challenged the Meiji leaders to reassess the nation's developmental priorities. He called for a complete overhaul of the Japanese economy, and over the following decade, he committed himself to this grand objective. As a teacher, scholar, and government advisor, Seki endeavored to identify the most critical economic challenges facing Japan and re-conceptualized the Japanese economy as a people's national economy. To urge the Meiji leadership to shift the locus of national concern from polity to economy, he actively promoted the model of national economic policymaking invented by his mentors, the political economists of the German historical school.

Keywords:   Seki Hajime, Japanese economy, Meiji leadership, political economists

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