Problems of Historical Past in Japanese Social and Political Life
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Problems of Historical Past in Japanese Social and Political Life
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S207987840010390-8-1
DOI
10.18254/S207987840010390-8
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Article
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Vladimir Nelidov 
Affiliation:
MGIMO University
Institute of Oriental Studies RAS
Address: Russian Federation, Moscow
Abstract

The article analyzes the transformation and the present state of evaluation of Japan’s colonial and historical past in this nation’s postwar social and political life. The study of these problems through the lens of their historical development permits one to make the following conclusions. The key element of the memory of World War II is the idea of the Japanese people as a victim of this war. As for the notion of responsibility for the war past, for many decades, it occupied a relatively peripheral place in social consciousness. It became more salient only towards the end of the 20th century, but the activities of the organizations and politicians who were bringing up these questions produced a reaction from right-wing and revisionist forces, who believed that Japan had to stop endlessly repenting for its past wrongs. By the present moment, a certain equilibrium has formed concerning this issue: as a rule, the ruling conservative forces do not make any openly revisionist statements, but at the same time try not to emphasize the problem of responsibility for the war past. Understating the said specifics is important, among other things, from the point of view of promoting a dialogue on the issues of historical past between Russia and Japan.

Keywords
Japan, historical memory, revisionism, war past, domestic politics
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01.07.2020
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14.12.2020
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