I finally am able to thank those people whose advice and guidance saw
me through what sometimes seemed like an obscurely lighted tunnel.
It is impossible to properly acknowledge everyone, but each of you
helped in a special way to bring this book to completion.
At Columbia University, my mentor, Carol Gluck, imparted the fine
points of Japanese history and the desire to strive for the academic ex-
cellence apparent in her own work. She guided me through every stage
of the dissertation process, reading and rereading numerous drafts,
always offering insightful criticism. Special thanks to my teachers: the
late Herschel Webb, Arthur Tiedemann, and Paul Varley. Thanks also
go to Gina Bookhout and the Department of East Asian Languages and
Cultures; to Madge Huntington and the East Asian Institute; and to
Amy Heinrich, Ken Harlin, and John McClure of the C.V. Starr Library.
Without the support of Harry Harootunian the dissertation could not
have become a book. Harry’s meticulous comments made the task of
rewriting an exercise for which no words of thanks can suffice. Harry
introduced me to an exciting world of critical scholarship, of which
his work forms an integral part. Louise Young helped me shape and
reshape my ideas, read innumerable versions of the manuscript, and
offered criticism and encouragment. Harry and Louise invited me to
participate in the Japan Seminar hosted by New York University in
1995, as well as their graduate seminar in 1998. The suggestions I re-
ceived on both occasions were invaluable.
During my days in the doctoral program at the Institute of Jour-
nalism and Communication Studies at Tokyo University, Uchikawa
Yoshimi spent endless hours sharing his vast knowledge of newspapers
and magazines with me and debating the complexities of my research
project. Arase Yutaka, Kōchi Saburō, and Kōchi Nobuko contributed
greatly to my understanding of the 1920s.
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