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Seaton's Japan War Memory

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  1. Introduction
  2. Japanese War Memories are contested
  3. Accusations of ?Amnesia? against the Japanese
  4. Selective Historical Gaze
  5. Conclusion

The stories of World War II remain more alive and widely argued about in Japan than any other of the nations that was a major combatant in the war. Seaton focused on the time between 1972 and 2005 when Japan held the 60th anniversary commemorations. He outlined that Western media generally addressed this issue in an ?orthodox? manner as they criticize Japan and the Japanese for ?addressing the past inadequately.? He claims that ?ignorance,? ?denial,? and ?amnesia? were widely referenced. But the views of the Japanese people were mainly based on family and personal experiences other than what was said by the media, politicians, or textbooks (Seaton 2). The orthodoxy is viewed as not being an investigation of Japanese views but a toll in the power relations between Japan and the English speaking world.

It is a basic dissertation that Japanese remembrances on the war remain contested. This contest has resulted in a critique of the orthodoxy about Japanese war memories especially in the English speaking media. The criticism agrees with the large evidence of Japanese atrocities and aggression when fighting in World War II. The criticism does not look down upon the efforts that victims are making towards seeking justice either. In fact, this orthodoxy does more harm than good as far as the search for justice is concerned (6).

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