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In addition, Japan obtained rights from the Qing government to establish Japanese settlements in four major Manchurian cities. In 1906 the Qing allowed a Japanese consulate general to be established in Manchuria’s capital city, Fengtian (Mukden), and smaller ones in Changchun, Kirin, Andong, Yingkou, and Xinmintun (Sakatani 1980). Although deterritorializing energy in the form of Japanese traffickers and sex workers had come to the area beginning in the 1870s, followed the next decade by small groups of sōshi solders of fortune, the victory over China in 1895 allowed many Japanese imperialists a chance to develop a taste for this part of China, and their devouring began in earnest in 1905.
In part III, I show how necropolitics worked together with deformal subsumption to not only murder many Chinese in Manchukuo, but to wreak vengeance on the biopolitical subjects mainly responsible for Japan’s capitalist imperialism in the first place. Through deformal subsumption in colonial fascism, the subjectivities left to fare for themselves by biopolitical capitalism (coolies, sex workers, colonized renters) were de-ontologized and killed off by a necropolitical regime that succeeded in inverting and absolutizing living labor’s centrality for imperial capitalism.
Chinese officials, “trying to secure castle walls . . pushed a a terrified queen into the wall’s foundation and sacrificed her” (227); likewise in fourteenth-century Bombay and ninth-century Japan, a queen’s living daughter was built into castle walls as a sacrifice. Mina- 1 0 I ntroduction kata considered human sacrifice a testament to both political structures’ vampirism of human labor and the attempt to cover up this vampirism, as in totemic sacrifice. He polemicized that through the erasure of the world-making energy in human eroticism and life on one side, and the refusal to consider the ways systems and societies need to “grotesque” or capture this energy on the other, Yanagita’s methodology foreclosed on sociopolitical change.
Absolute erotic, absolute grotesque : the living, dead, and undead in Japan’s imperialism, 1895-1945 by Mark Driscoll