Yasukuni, the War Dead and the Struggle for Japan's Past
Edited by John Breen
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Yasukuni, the War Dead and the Struggle for Japan's Past by John Breen
Book DescriptionThis book is the first authoritative volume in English on Yasukuni, the controversial Shinto shrine in the heart of Tokyo, dedicated to the Japanese war dead. Twelve convicted and two suspected Class A war criminals are enshrined at Yasukuni, while the shrine's museum narrates an account of Japan's actions in the Second World War that is best described as revisionist. Visits to the shrine by cabinet members often set off protests at home and abroad, especially in China, Korea and Taiwan, and Yasukuni remains a source of considerable mistrust between the Chinese and Japanese governments. Despite the controversy, the former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi made annual visits from 2001-6. The distinctive feature of this volume is that it sets out neither to commend Yasukuni nor to condemn it; it seeks, rather, to present authoritative yet divergent views, thereby allowing the contributors to render more complex an issue which, in the media at least, has long been portrayed in starkly simplistic terms. It accommodates chapters by leading pro-Yasukuni and anti-Yasukuni Japanese intellectuals; it carries multiple Chinese perspectives; and there are also contributions from Western commmentators who offer their own insights on the shrine and its place in post war Japanese diplomacy, ideology and history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781850659075
(216mm x 138mm x mm)
Imprint: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 13-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Breen
New History of Shinto, Hardback (January 2010)
This accessible guide to the development of Japan's indigenous religion from ancient times to the present day offers an illuminating introduction to the myths, sites and rituals of kami worship, and their role in Shinto's enduring religious identity.
Shinto, Paperback (May 2003)
Shinto - A Short History provides an introductory outline of the historical development of Shinto from the ancient period of Japanese history until the present day.
Shinto in History, Paperback (July 2000)
A critical overview of Shinto from early times to the modern era. These essays highlight the dynamic nature of Shinto and shrine history by focusing on the three-way relationship, often fraught, between local shrine cults, the Shinto agenda and Buddhism.
Japan and Christianity, Hardback (December 1995)» View all books by John Breen
This text studies the relationship between Christianity and Japan whereby the impact of Japan on the religion is viewed alongside the more frequently cited influence of Christianity on Japanese society. This encounter is examined from a series of political, literary and historical perspectives.
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Author Biography - John Breen
John Breen is Senior Lecturer in Japanese at SOAS, University of London. He has published widely in English and Japanese on issues of state and religion in modern Japan. He is the co-author of Shinto: a Short History (Blackwell, forthcoming).
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