The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan

Hashimoto, Akiko

Book written by 1995 Abe Fellow Akiko Hashimoto based on her project "Collective Memories of World War II in Japan, Germany and the US."

In The Long Defeat, Akiko Hashimoto explores the stakes of war memory in Japan after its catastrophic defeat in World War II, showing how and why defeat has become an indelible part of national collective life, especially in recent decades. Divisive war memories lie at the root of the contentious politics surrounding Japan's pacifist constitution and remilitarization, and fuel the escalating frictions in East Asia known collectively as Japan's "history problem." Drawing on ethnography, interviews, and a wealth of popular memory data, this book identifies three preoccupations - national belonging, healing, and justice - in Japan's discourses of defeat. Hashimoto uncovers the key war memory narratives that are shaping Japan's choices - nationalism, pacifism, or reconciliation - for addressing the rising international tensions and finally overcoming its dark history.

The Japanese translation of The Long Defeat (日本の長い戦後: 敗戦の記憶・トラウマはどう語り継がれているか) is available from Misuzu Shobo.
Title
The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan
Author
Hashimoto, Akiko
Published
University of Oxford / Oxford University Press, June 2015
ISBN
9780190239169
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Citation
Hashimoto, Akiko, The Long Defeat: Cultural Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Japan (University of Oxford / Oxford University Press, June 2015), https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-long-defeat-9780190239169?cc=us&lang=en&.