35 Contemp. Drug Probs. 717 (2008)
Methamphetamine Use in Japan after the Second World War: Transformation of Narratives

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Contemporary Drug Problems 35/Winter 2008


Methamphetamine use in Japan

after the Second World War:
Transformation of narratives



BY AKIHIKO SATO





Scholars have argued that post-World War II domestic disorder in
Japan caused a serious methamphetamine problem, which directly
led to the establishment of the Stimulant Control Law of 1951. This
paper examines the process through which that Law came into
effect to argue the central significance of shifting discourses
surrounding methamphetamine use, especially by users themselves,
and nationalist dialogue concerning secret production and the
smuggling of methamphetamine. These factors worked together in
the 1950s to transform contemporary understandings of
methamphetamine use, and to foster state efforts to regulate it.









AUTHOR'S NOTE: I express 'iy gratitude to Professor David T Courtwright
of the University of North Florida, who recommended me to present part of
my book Drug and Discourse: Methamphetamine in Japan to the Global
Approaches conference to Dr. Kyoko Murakami of University of Bath. a
specialist in discouse analysis. who cominented on the first draft of this
article; and to Dr Norman Smith of University of Guelph (Canada). who
encouraged me to write in English.


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