Japanese Pacifism: Problematic Memory

  • Mikyoung Kim
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)


A majority of the Japanese people pride themselves in being citizens of a “peaceful and industrialized country” that rose from “the ashes like a phoenix”. As the primary source of Japan’s national pride, pacifism needs to be situated within the unresolved entanglement of present glory and past shame. Post-war Japan emerged as an economic world power benefiting from a protective American occupation and, later, a working alliance. The bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, on the other hand, became the historical precursor of its anti-nuclear pacifist sentiments. Somewhere between these two trajectories, the soul-searching of Japanese intellectuals caused by the troubling past has diminished in intensity.


Nuclear Weapon Atomic Bomb Liberal Democratic Party World Peace Pearl Harbor 
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