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Hitotsubashi University Japanese Studies in English Lecture Series 2016
Politics, Memory and Public Opinion: Coming to Terms with Japan’s Wartime Past

2016/09/23

Hitotsubashi University Japanese Studies in English Lecture Series 2016
Politics, Memory and Public Opinion: Coming to Terms with Japan’s Wartime Past

Speaker: Sven Saaler, Sophia University

In the 1980s and 1990s, Japanese diplomatic initiatives aimed at promoting
regional reconciliation and the “coming to terms” with the nation’s wartime
past were given high priority by a string of cabinets. After a decade that
can be described as the “Golden Age of Reconciliation,” in recent years
priorities seem to shift once again. This talk will address the debates
about the historical memory of the Asia-Pacific War (1931-45) by looking at
changes in government declarations as well as popular attitudes towards war
responsibility and interpretations of the past.

Speaker:
Sven Saaler is Associate Professor of Modern Japanese History at Sophia
University. After earning a Ph.D. in Japanese Studies and history from Bonn
University, he was Lecturer at Marburg University, Head of the Humanities
Section of the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) and Associate
Professor at The University of Tokyo (2004-2008) and is co-author/co-editor
of Pan-Asianism in Modern Japanese History (Routledge, 2007), The Power of
Memory in Modern Japan (Global Oriental, 2008), Pan-Asianism: A Documentary
History (2 vols., Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), Under Eagle Eyes:
Lithographs, Drawings and Photographs from the Prussian Expedition to
Japan, 1860-61 (in German, Japanese and English, 2011), Images in
Japanese-German Relations (forthcoming, 2016) and The Routledge Handbook of
Modern Japanese History (forthcoming, 2017). ). His research was published
in English, German and Japanese and has been translated into Korean,
Chinese, French and Turkish.

Date: October 14 2016 (Friday)
Time: 17:30 – 19:00
Venue: Faculty building 3, level 3, East campus, Hitotsubashi University
(東キャンパス 第3研究館 3階)

Language: English (no translation)

Attendance is free, and all are welcome to attend. No registration
necessary.

For venue map, see
http://www.hit-u.ac.jp/eng/about/direction/guide/campus/e-campus

For more information, contact Sonja Dale ()

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