Responsibility, Regret and Nationalism in Japanese Memory

  • Kazuya Fukuoka
  • Barry Schwartz
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)


The attribution of blame and its acceptance or denial is an inherent feature of international conflict. When one nation injures another, its representatives usually invoke excuses or justifications, apologies or challenges, according to their identification with or disdain for the victims. Northeast Asia’s “memory problem” is based on particularly bitter disagreement about blame and responsibility within as well as between nations. Common ideals of honour, dignity and nationalism intensify this disagreement and impede its resolution.


Collective Memory Honour Society Comfort Woman Japanese History Japanese Respondent 
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