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For Japan, the Korean conflict was the turning point in its postwar economic development. During the first five years after its surrender, the Japanese economy languished, and was heavily dependent on American support. Then, the outbreak of the Korean War turned the economic situation around. The U.S. government at the onset of conflict made the decision to take advantage of Japan’s proximity, low costs, and recovery needs to use it as a supply base for the war effort. Consequently, the Americans made $2.37 billion worth of special procurements in the four years starting with June 1950, creating a huge demand for ammunition, trucks, uniforms, communications equipment, and other products from Japanese companies. The president of Toyota would later remark “These orders were Toyota’s salvation, I felt a mighty joy for my company and a sense of guilt that I was rejoicing over another country’s war.” The president of the Bank of Japan, drawing a comparison to the “divine wind” (kamikaze) that saved Japan from the Mongols, called the war procurement “divine aid.” Yoshida Shigeru, the dominant political figure of the era, agreed, calling the Korean War “a gift of the gods.” The war consolidated the power base of the political conservatives and helped to shape Japan’s postwar relationship with the United States. It unfortunately had a tragic consequence for the remaining Koreans in the country, who found it difficult to be repatriated to a North Korea hostile to Japan or to a devastated South Korea. They remained a marginalized and mistreated minority.
—  Michael J. Seth, A History of Korea

「(略)犯罪は集団現象であり、それが起きる時の社会や、経済状態の関数に過ぎないーーーと云う見方だね。犯罪者は社会的、経済的環境の産物であると云う考え方だ。しかしこれには犯罪を統計的に捉えると云う観点が必要になる。平均値や最頻値、中間値と云った値を採って、実際には存在しない所謂〈平均人〉と云うのを想定し、犯罪者はその平均人から逸脱した者であると捉えられる。これも問題だね。平均人などと云うお化けは存在しないんだ。ならばそこから逸脱するなどと云うことはナンセンスだ。犯罪はね、常に訪れて、去って行く通り物みたいなものなんだ」

 通り物と云うのは妖怪の名である。以前聞いたことがある。通り魔と云うのもそもそもその類の妖怪のことだと、京極堂は云っていた。

「犯罪と云うのはね、社会が作るものなんだ。ひと昔前まで合法的殺人だった仇討ちは、今や報復殺人事件だ。どちらが正しい世の中なのか、そんなことは判らないが、同じ行為に対する法的な扱いが百八十度違っていることは間違いない」