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Edited by Sven Saaler and Wolfgang Schwentker

Folkestone, UK: Global Oriental

Due to their symbolic and iconographic meanings, expressions of 'collective memory' constitute the mental topography of a society and make a powerful contribution to its cultural, political and social identity. In Japan, the subject of 'memory' has prompted a huge response in recent years. Indeed, it has been and continues to be debated at many levels of Japan's political, social, economic and cultural life.

For the historian and social scientist the opportunity to access recorded memories is invariably welcomed as a valuable building block in research and a determinant in establishing balance and perspective. This volume brings together a selection of the most significant research on memory relating to modern Japan.


1. The Realms of Memory: Japan and Beyond (Sven Saaler and Wolfgang Schwentker)

I. Memory in Politics and International Relations

2. For the Nation or for the people? History and memory of the Nanjing Massacre in Japan (Yoshida Takashi)

3. Japan’s ‘Comfort Women’ and Historical Memory: The Neonationalist Counterattack (Ahn Yonson)

4. Tokko Zaidan: A Case Study of Institutional Japanese War Memorialization (M. G. Sheftall)

5. Remembering the War Crimes Trial: The Tokyo Trial View of History (Takatori Yuki)

6. Historical Memory and Shiba Ryotaro: Remembering Russia, Creating Japan (Alexander Bukh)

7. Developing Memories: Alumni Newsletters in Japanese Development Assistance (Annette Skovsted Hansen)

II. Institutions of Memory: Memorials, Museums, National Heroes

8. Remodeling Public Space: the Fate of War Monuments, 1945-1948 (Michael Lucken)

9. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and its Exhibition (Stefanie Schäfer)
10. A Usable Past? Historical Museums of the Self-Defense Forces and the Construction of Continuities (André Hertrich)

11. The New Image of Childhood in Japan During the Years 1945-1949 and the Construction of a Japanese Collective Memory (Christian Galan)

12. Sato Eisaku, Yasuoka Masahiro and the Re-Establishment of 11 February as National Day: the Political Use of National Memory in Post-war Japan (Eddy Dufourmont)

13. How Did Saigo Takamori Become a National Hero After His Death? The Political Uses of Saigo’s Figure and the Interpretation of seikanron (Noriko Berlinguez-Kono)

III. Popular and Intellectual Representations of Memory

14. Literary memories of the Pacific War—fiction or nonfiction? Some criteria for further research on Japanese war literature (Harald Meyer)

15. The Nokorimono Mode: Remembering the Atomic Bomb in The Diary of Moriwaki Yoko (Adam Lebowitz)

16. Becoming Insects: Imamura Shohei and the Entomology of Modernity (Bill Mihalopoulos)

17. Memories of a Liberal, Liberalism of Memory: Tsuda Sokichi and a Few Things He Forgot to Mention (Joel Joos)

18. New Dimensions in Sino-Japanese Relations and the Memory of the Sino-Japanese War (Valdo Ferretti)

IV. Realms of Memory – Center and Periphery

19. Development for Preservation: Localizing Collective Memory in 1960s Kanazawa (Peter Siegenthaler)

20. The Remembrance of the 1871 Nakano Uprising in Takayama Village as a Contemporary Trauma in Village Life Today (Selcuk Esenbel)

21. History and the Construction of Collective Memory: Positivist Historiography in the Age of the Imperial Rescript on Education (Alistair Swale)