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Research Faculty of Media and Communication, Hokkaido University

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War Memories

The ways in which Japanese people remember World War II has been my primary research interest since 2000, when I started my DPhil at the University of Sussex on this topic. This work is collected primarily in my book, Japan’s Contested War Memories. I have a particular interest in media representations of war, ideological debate (or ‘historical consciousness’), the Yasukuni Shrine controversy, and the role/position of local history within national war memories.

Photo: Hiroshima Peace Park


Major Recent Publications

‘NHK, War-related Television, and the Politics of Fairness’ in Jeff Kingston (ed) Press Freedom in Contemporary Japan. London: Routledge, 2017.

Philip A. Seaton (ed) Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido (Routledge 2016).

‘Japanese War Memories and Commemoration After the Great East Japan Earthquake’ in Anna Lisa Tota and Trever Hagen (eds) International Handbook of Memory Studies. London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 345-356.


Work in Progress

My war memories research is now overlapping with my work on contents tourism. I am looking at the relationship between war memories, representation in popular culture and travel behaviour with particular reference to the kamikaze and sites in the Seto Inland Sea area.