“Official jargon”

This blog is a broadly focused commentary on psychological, social, and political aspects of ideology and propaganda. It will comment on propaganda and ideological texts, and a variety of works that touch on these topics.

The title of this blog comes from a footnote in Chalmers Johnson’s seminal work on the development of the post-war Japanese economy, MITI and the Japanese Miracle: the growth of industrial policy, 1925-1975. The book describes the term “kanchō yōgo” (“official jargon”) as “a government official’s saying yes to a citizen’s request as a matter of politeness but with the implication that the official has no intention of doing anything about the request.”


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