Monthly Archives: January 2015

War Memory and Reconciliation / Japan’s Emperor System


Dr. Jennifer Lind (2010) does a fine job of laying out her theoretical framework for when and how (or even if) contrition––i.e., the “apologetic remembrance” of crimes committed in the heat of war––can foster a period of reconciliation among nations with bad blood between them. Drawing on two case studies to advance her thesis––which is that “the [preponderant] view that international reconciliation requires apologies and other contrite gestures” (Lind, 2010, p. 3) is right-minded but quite full of hyperbole in its singular faith in the moral authority of a sincere expression of regret––Dr. Lind (2010) argues for a “middle ground between whitewashing and contrition.” (p. 190) Read the rest of this entry

David McNeill: Living on the Edge


When the first seismic waves from a 9.0-magnitude earthquake off the northeastern coast of Japan reached Shinagawa Station in downtown Tokyo, David McNeill watched the train station’s heavy steel and concrete roof lurch sickeningly overhead and thought his time had come. Read the rest of this entry

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