An unholy pilgrimage? Yasukuni and the construction of Japan's Asia imaginary

2014-09-17T11:30:51Z (GMT) by Taku Tamaki
Why are Japanese policymakers intent on visiting Yasukuni Shrine, and why do they continue to hold China and South Korea solely responsible for the "politics of memory" in diplomatic relations? It is easy-and perhaps misleading-to suggest that Japan does not care about China or South Korea, and also to argue that Japan's memory of World War II is one of "glory" rather than "aggression." Instead, I posit the idea that Japan's memory of the war is, indeed, traumatic, and that the postwar legacy of a "democratic and peaceful" nation makes it difficult for the policymakers to countenance Chinese/South Korean criticisms. © 2009 Policy Studies Organization.