The Origin of The Formation of Modern Japanese Nationalism


  • Yuxiang Guo



nationalism; modern Japan; emperor system.


Nationalism is a complex and profound subject, with each country and region having its own characteristics. As a unique facet of East Asian civilization, modern Japanese nationalism exhibits traits such as homogeneity and independence, a strong spirit of groupism, a pronounced sense of inferiority, and islandism. In modern times, particularly among Japanese reformers facing internal and external challenges, there was a proactive exploration and adaptation of western theories. This fusion, along with the essence of “Japanese spirit”, gave rise to nationalism with distinct Japanese characteristics. Japan’s journey towards developing this unique form of nationalism resulted in its transformation into the first modern nation-state in East Asia society, marking a profound political and social reforms. The study of modern Japanese nationalism holds great significance for the broader understanding of nationalism, shedding light on how unique cultural, historical, and geopolitical factors can shape a nation’s identity and policies.


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How to Cite

Guo, Y. (2024). The Origin of The Formation of Modern Japanese Nationalism. Journal of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, 28, 282-286.