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JAPAN’S CONTESTED WAR MEMORIES: The “Memory Rifts” in Historical Consciousness of WWII, by Philip A. Seaton. Routledge, 2007, 258 pp., £75 (cloth)

Stereotypical images of Japanese collectively in denial about the atrocities committed by the Imperial armed forces are grossly misleading and overlook the more prevalent view accepting wartime guilt and favoring atonement. In this excellent study featuring media and cultural analysis, Hokkaido University’s Philip Seaton persuasively argues that, “Japanese war memories are not nearly as nationalistic as they are frequently made out to be.”

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