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Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory, and Japan's Unending Postwar

Akiko Takenaka

Abstract

Yasukuni Shrine, a former national war memorial in which spirits of all Japanese military dead are commemorated, currently serves as the lightening rod for debates surrounding Japan’s legacies of the Asia-Pacific War (1931-45). Yasukuni Shrine: History, Memory, and Japan’s Unending Postwar offers a departure from the existing scholarship that treat the shrine as a political problem by offering a study of Yasukuni Shrine as a war memorial. It examines the shrine’s role in waging war, promoting peace, honoring the dead, and especially in building a modern national identity. Through a careful ana ... More

Keywords: Yasukuni Shrine, Yūshūkan Museum, Tokyo Shōkonsha, Asia-Pacific War, collective memory, postmemory, postwar responsibility, discourse of victimhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824846787
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824846787.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Akiko Takenaka, author
University of Kentucky