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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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A New Urbanism

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The City as Subject

John Mason Hart

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On New Year's Day 1914, Seki Hajime faced the prospect of an “unlucky year,” and this possibility put him in an introspective frame of mind. He and his colleagues at the Tokyo Commercial College had become embroiled in another bitter dispute with the Ministry of Education. The controversy erupted in July 1913, when the Ministry proposed that the College be absorbed into the School of Economics at Tokyo Imperial University. In November, as Seki shuttled between Hitotsubashi and the Ministry of Education, he resolved to throw down the gauntlet. In similar circumstances four years earlier, Seki had been forced to tender his resignation before the Ministry backed down. The Tokyo Commercial College recognized his leadership and decided to undertake a campaign to appoint him as headmaster. Seki committed himself to the Tokyo Commercial College and its national mission as a business school.

Keywords:   urbanism, Seki Hajime, headmaster, School of Economics, controversy, leadership

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