Yoshiki Hayama

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Yoshiki Hayama (葉山 嘉樹, Hayama Yoshiki, March 12, 1894 – October 18, 1945) was a Japanese author associated with the Japanese proletarian literature movement.

He is perhaps best known for Men Who Live on the Sea (海に生くる人々 , Umi ni Ikuru Hitobito), a 1926 novel about the appalling labor conditions on a Cargo ship plying the Japan trade lanes, and for short stories such as The Prostitute (淫売婦, Imbaifu, 1925), an early example of proletarian literature in Japan.[1]

He spent time in jail due to his involvement with the labor movement, but later turned away from Marxism and became an enthusiastic supporter of Japanese imperialism.[2]

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  1. ^ Barraclough, Ruth; Faison, Elyssa (2009). "The entanglements of sexual and industrial labour". In Barraclough, Ruth; Faison, Elyssa (eds.). Gender and Labour in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class. Routledge. pp. 1–9. ISBN 9781135219826.
  2. ^ Keene, Donald (1976). "Japanese Literature and Politics in the 1930s". The Journal of Japanese Studies. 2 (2): 225–248. JSTOR 132053.