The martial arts were used in the Japanese educational and military systems to inculcate the samurai’s notions of honor and loyalty (bushido) in the general public. This article therefore posits that the martial arts played a role in the rise of Japanese nationalism and influenced the events that took place leading up to and during World War II.
SOURCE: Journal of Asian Martial Arts, Vol. 17 No. 3 (2008): 14 pages.