Japanese Pan-Asianism and the Philippines from the Late 19th Century to the End of World War II – Going to the Philippines Is Like Coming Home? Sven Matthiessen examines the development of Japanese Pan-Asianism and the perception of the Philippines within this ideology. Due to the archipelago’s previous colonisation by Spain and the US the Philippines was a special case among the Japanese occupied territories during the war. Matthiessen convincingly proves that the widespread pro-Americanism among the Philippine population made it impossible for Japanese administrators to implement a pan-Asianist ideology that centred on a 'return to Asian values'. The expectation among some Japanese Pan-Asianists that ‘going to the Philippines was like coming home’ was never fulfilled.
Sven Matthiessen received his Ph.D./Doctorate of Law from the University of Sheffield and Tohoku University in the joint degree program of the two universities in 2012. He has published articles on Japanese Pan-Asianism and the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.
'This book breaks new ground in its examination of the role played by the Philippines in Japanese Pan-Asian discourse and how this evolved from the late nineteenth century through the Pacific War.(...) book sheds light on regionalism and Asian identity to expand our knowledge about border-crossing ideologies, events, and movements [and] contribute to the growing literature on transnational issues in modern Asian and Japanese history.'
Jeff Kingston, Temple University Japan,
Monumenta Nipponica 72:2 (2017)
All interested in the history of Japanese Pan-Asianism and the development of Japanese-Philippine relations from the mid-19th century until the end of World War II.