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Jeff Kingston

Jeff Kingston lives in Tokyo, teaches history at Temple University Japan and has been contributing to The Japan Times since 1988. “Contemporary Japan” (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) is his most recent book.

For Jeff Kingston's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Trump's 'yellow peril' jibes break with GOP script

| Aug 29, 2015

Trump's 'yellow peril' jibes break with GOP script

In his recent Rolling Stone essay, Matt Taibbi immortalizes the race for the Republican Party presidential nomination, as a freaky spectacle that is “like watching 17 platypuses try to mount the queen of England. You can’t tear your eyes away from it.” Currently, the ...

Abe's revisionism and Japan's divided war memories

| Aug 22, 2015

Abe's revisionism and Japan's divided war memories

The Abe statement, approved by the Cabinet on Aug. 14, has elevated a myopic and exonerating revisionist narrative of history to Japan’s official policy. The vague and ambiguous references to past misdeeds, the inadequate recognition of Japanese aggression and the horrors inflicted, the minimalist ...

Abe statement was vague in all the wrong places

| Aug 15, 2015

Abe statement was vague in all the wrong places

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a hash of his long-anticipated statement on Friday commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. He was vague where he needed to be forthright — on colonialism, aggression and the “comfort women” system — and ...

Abe's security laws nothing like same-sex marriage

| Aug 8, 2015

Abe's security laws nothing like same-sex marriage

In every intensely fought political battle there are moments of incongruous absurdity, but in the current tumult facing embattled Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, it doesn’t get more ludicrous or desperate than the parallel drawn between the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision affirming same-sex marriage and ...

Atomic bomb survivors nominated for Nobel prize

| Aug 1, 2015

Atomic bomb survivors nominated for Nobel prize

In this 70th year anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Swiss-based International Peace Bureau (IPB) nominated Hidankyo (Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations) for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. This is Hidankyo’s third such nomination by the IPB, ...

The politics and pitfalls of war memory and apology

| Jul 11, 2015

The politics and pitfalls of war memory and apology

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s handling of history issues during this 70th anniversary of Japan’s World War II defeat came under critical scrutiny at the recent Japanese Studies Association of Australia conference hosted by La Trobe University in Melbourne. Arthur Stockwin, the University of Oxford’s ...

Exhuming Indonesia's horror in search for justice

| Jul 4, 2015

Exhuming Indonesia's horror in search for justice

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Gestapu, the murky events in Indonesia that precipitated a massacre of several hundred thousand people in 1965-66 that constitutes one of the most murderous convulsions of the 20th century. This national trauma remains unresolved within Indonesia as ...

Sri Lanka's memory wars thwart reconciliation

| Jun 27, 2015

Sri Lanka's memory wars thwart reconciliation

Six years after the end of the civil war that claimed at least 70,000 lives between 1983 and 2009, Sri Lanka appears to have made little progress on reconciliation between its ethnic Tamils and Sinhalese majority. In the war-ravaged northern provinces, large swathes of ...