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The History Problem: The Politics of War Commemoration in East Asia

Hiro Saito


Seventy years after the Asia-Pacific War ended, Japan is still embroiled in intense controversies with South Korea and China over how to commemorate it. Why did the controversies—known as East Asia’s “history problem”—become so entangled and protracted? Can the history problem ever be resolved, and if so, how? By carefully examining a vast corpse of historical materials, available both in English and Japanese, The History Problem reveals the fundamentally relational nature of the problem, caused by nationalist commemorations in Japan as well as in South Korea and China that focus on what happe ... More

Keywords: Japan, South Korea, China, Asia-Pacific War, commemoration, nationalism, cosmopolitanism, reconciliation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824856748
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824856748.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hiro Saito, author
Singapore Management University