Apologizing for the Past between Japan and Korea

  • Alexis Dudden


Atransnational movement of national apology has become a key feature of world politics since the late twentieth century. Leaders of states and other groups seeking formal recognition around the globe now routinely remember past atrocities in public in order to inscribe their legitimacy anew.1 As they apologize for wrongs that the international community perceives as abnormal to its collective sense of self, they become articulators of new official histories. Such apology then defines participating nations as “normal states” and “members in good standing” of the global community.


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Suggestions for Further Reading

  1. Field, Norma, “War and Apology: Japan, Asia, The Fiftieth, and After,” Positions: East Asia Culture Critique, 3: 1 (1997): 1–49.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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© Max Paul Friedman and Padraic Kenney 2005

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