The Political Economy of Commemoration: The Yasukuni Shrine Essay

The Political Economy of Commemoration: The Yasukuni Shrine
A look at the way historical heroes are manipulated for political purposes based on the history of Japan's Yasukuni Shrine.
# 63216 | 2,540 words | 14 sources | MLA | 2005 | CA
Published on Jan 08, 2006 in Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , History (Asian) , Political Science (General)

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Throughout the world, nations have used their history to help form a national identity. History has been manipulated by presenters and politicians to promote perceived societal ideals, to orientate political ideologies, and to build a power base. The paper examines how this ability is clearly seen in Japan and the Yasukuni Shrine. The paper shows that the shrine, founded in 1869, is the resting place of roughly 2.5 million Japanese who gave their lives in the service of their country dating from the Meiji Restoration period.

From the Paper:

"Since the end of the Pacific War, Japan has been rife with debate over the position of government with respect to the shrine. In 1979, the two sides became more divided with the enshrinement of fourteen class A war criminals at Yasukuni. Yet much of the controversy lies in the rhetoric used by the Japanese government and in the shrine. Far from admitting to the crimes of its kami and appeasing the progressives, the Yasukuni website claims that "there were also 1,068 'Martyrs of Showa' who were cruelly and unjustly tried as war criminals by a sham-like tribunal of the Allied forces (United States, England, the Netherlands, China and others)."

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