The author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Popular Culture has invaded the U.S. has just published a new article with

Essentially, he is chronicling the upsurge in interest in a 1929 socialist-themed novel “Kanikosen” or The Crab Canning Ship by Kobayashi Takaji. Not just a novel, it has been turned into manga form this year and is attracting a greater audience.

Are Japanese youth becoming interested in socialism as a fad or is it something more? Is leftist ideology once more promising to be the savior when capitalism’s chips are down? Read this great article and learn more.