Justin McCurry is the Tokyo correspondent of “The Guardian” and contributor to the “Global Post”. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University.
Mutsuru Obe reports from Tokyo for the “Wall Street Journal” with a focus on energy policy, business, and fiscal policy. Previously, Obe worked as a New York correspondent for a Japanese wire service.
Richard C. Koo is the Chief Economist at the Nomura Research Institute and a
Senior Advisor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Best
known for developing the concept of balance sheet recession, he has advised successive
Japanese prime ministers. Prior to joining Nomura, he was an economist with the Federal Reserve
Bank of New York, and was a Doctoral Fellow of the Board of Governors of the Federal
Reserve System. His last book, The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics – Lessons from
Japan’s Great Recession, has been sold in six different languages.
Ran Zwigenberg is an assistant professor in History and Asian Studies at the Pennsylvania State University in the United States. Zwigenberg’s research focuses on modern Japanese history, with a specialization in memory and intellectual history. His manuscript Hiroshima: The Origins of Global Memory Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2014) deals comparatively with the commemoration and the reaction to the Holocaust and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. He published on issues of war memory, tourism, atomic energy and survivor politics.
Japan’s postwar boom was fueled by fission reactors – until 2011. Two years after Fukushima, the country has started to tip-toe back into nuclear energy.
The Yasukuni Shrine memorializes Japan’s war dead, including WWII-era war criminals. For this reason, it has always been a controversial memory site. A much greater problem than the shrine itself, however, is the revisionist museum attached to it.
The Japanese monster “Godzilla“ once anticipated the fears and risks of a whole century. Who could fill its shoes?
Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and Japan’s Hiroshima Peace Park are surprisingly similar, both in the message they deliver and the architectural means through which they do so. They portray a clear narrative of progression from darkness to light. But history is more complicated than that.