Kokuryukai

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Kokuryukai

 

(Black Dragon Society; Black Dragon is the Chinese and Japanese name for the Amur River), an ultra-nationalist reactionary organization in Japan from 1901 to 1946. Kokuryukai was closely linked with the military leadership and the monopolistic bourgeoisie. It originated as an anti-Russian society. A broad network of organizations was created in many countries in Asia; it was used for intelligence, subversion, and the propaganda of Pan-Asiaticism—the chief slogan of the Kokuryukai. In Japan the Kokuryukai propagated extreme chauvinism and opposed progressive democratic forces. The traditions of the Kokuryukai are continued by the Kokuryu Kurabu (Black Dragon Club), which arose in 1961.