Hajime Kawakami, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Hajime Kawakami

Japanese economist, activist and writer

Date of Birth: 20-Oct-1879

Place of Birth: Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan

Date of Death: 30-Jan-1946

Profession: poet, economist, translator, university teacher, agronomist, journalist, novelist

Nationality: Japan

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Hajime Kawakami

  • Hajime Kawakami (?? ?, Kawakami Hajime, October 20, 1879 – January 30, 1946) was a Japanese Marxist economist of the Taisho and early Showa periods. Born in Yamaguchi, he graduated from Tokyo Imperial University.
  • After writing for Yomiuri Shimbun, he attained a professorship in economics at Kyoto Imperial University.
  • Increasingly inclined toward Marxism, he participated in the March 15 incident of 1928, and was expelled from the university as a subversive.
  • The following year, he joined the formation of a political party Shinroto.
  • Kawakami went on to publish a Marxist-oriented economics journal, Studies of Social Problems.
  • After joining the then-outlawed Japanese Communist Party, he was arrested in 1933 and sent to prison.
  • Following his release in 1937, he translated Das Kapital from German into Japanese.
  • Kawakami spent the remainder of his life writing essays, novels, poetry, and his autobiography Jijoden.
  • Jijoden was written secretly between 1943 and 1945 and serialized in 1946.
  • It became a best-seller and was "extravagantly praised as being unprecedented in Japanese letters."

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