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Yasukuni, the War Dead, and the Struggle for Japan's Past

Yasukuni, the War Dead, and the Struggle for Japan's Past

by John Breen
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ISBN-13: 9780231700436
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/29/2010
Series: Columbia/Hurst Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Breen is senior lecturer in Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. With Mark Teeuwen, he has coedited Shinto in History: Ways of the Kami and coauthored A Brief History of Shinto.

Table of Contents

Contents:"The Yasukuni Shrine Problem in Sino-Japanese Relations: Facing a Stalemate" by Caroline Rose, University of Leeds; "A Religious Perspective on the Yasukuni Shrine Controversy" by Kevin Doak, Georgetown University; "Unlocking the Secrets of Yasukuni: A Chinese Perspective" by Wang Zhixin, Miyazaki University; "Plumbing the Depths: The Yasukuni Controversy in China" by Seki Hei, Japan-resident Chinese critic; "The Showa Emperor and the Yasukuni Shrine" by Takahashi Tetsuya, Tokyo University; "And Why Shouldn't the Prime Minister Worship at Yasukuni?" by Nitta Hitoshi, Kogakkan University; "Yasukuni and the Loss of Historical Memory" by John Breen, SOAS; "Pledge Fulfilled: the Japanese Media and Prime Minister Koizumi's Yasukuni Worship, 2001-6" by Phillip Seaton, Hokkaido University

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Peter Kornicki

The controversial Yasukuni Shrine has become a barometer of the inclinations of the Japanese political elite, but we have lacked a dispassionate examination of its history and political significance. John Breen has brought his formidable energies as a researcher and his expertise in the history of Japanese religion to bear on a subject of continuing political significance. This splendid book ought to dispel much of the mythmaking and mistaken suppositions that surround this subject.

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