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A Discourse by Three Drunkards on Government takes the form of a debate between a spokesman for Western ideals of democracy and progress, and an advocate for adherence to traditional samurai values. Their discussion is moderated by the imperturbable Master Nankai, who loves nothing more than to drink and argue politics. The fiction of the drinking bout allowed Chomin to de ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published October 1st 1992 by Weatherhill (first published 1989)
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Dan Cowden
Dec 10, 2011 Dan Cowden rated it really liked it
As a student of Japanese history, this is a fascinating book. Nakae Chomin wrote it around the time the Meiji Constitution was promulgated (a fuzzy memory says the book came out a few years after the constitution, about 1893).

The book is really a forum to explore the general political pathways Japan could follow at that important time in the nation's development. One character, the Champion, argues stridently that Japan should use its growing education and economy to seize territory in "a certa
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Azri Alipah
Dec 17, 2015 Azri Alipah rated it it was ok
Shelves: japan-fiction
Rating: 2.5

This book, written during the promulgation of the Meiji Consitution, was written by an academic, journalist and politician, Nakae Chomin. You wouldn't have to look too hard to find the context under which the book was written. The first 30% of the book was dedicated to a foreword by Prof. Marius Jansen, a preface by the translator, and an introduction. In fact, the introduction (I assume is done by the translator or publisher) seems to give an analysis of the book and judgement about
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Nicholas
as Japan enters the modern world, a debate ranges between two students and a teacher on the societal ramifications due to "technological progress" while getting drunk. If you want to skip the book, just meet up with me, Jorge, and Biondi one night. Same thing.
AP Edi
May 30, 2014 AP Edi rated it really liked it
Terjemahan Indonesia buku ini (terbitan Gramedia Pustaka Utama) secara tak-sengaja saya temukan di Perpustakaan Daerah Provinsi Jawa Tengah. Buku tipis yang unik.

Isinya tentang kisah tiga orang pemabuk yang mempercakapkan situasi politik (dan hal-hal lain) dunia, waktu itu. Buat mereka yang tengah melakukan studi Jepang, tentu buku ini akan banyak bermanfaat. Namun, buat orang awam, buku ini juga bermakna sebagai koleksi buku klasik dari penulis Jepang kontemporer.
Avi Melati
Mar 28, 2014 Avi Melati rated it it was amazing
menarik. negara kecil dan miskin yang kekayaannya lebih sering habis untuk foya-foya penguasa dan revitalisasi akibat bencana alam, pada masa itu nakae chomin memunculkan ide untuk menduduki "negara kaya yang malas " untuk bersiap mempertahankan diri ketika perang meletus. ditulis tahun 1893, dan terjadi pada perang dunia 2.
Annie
Read this for my Japanese history class. Educational, but incredibly dry. Not my thing.
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