2016 年 88 巻 p. 55-74
Even today, memories of war are frequently debated and represented in media cultures, although 70 years have passed since the end of the Pacific War. Many tourists visit the war memorial sites in Hiroshima, Okinawa, Chiran, etc. Some war movies, such as Eternal Zero and The Emperor in August (the remake of Japan's Longest Day, originally produced in 1967) became big hits. We can see the desire to "succeed the memories of war" and promote harmony between generations in these popular cultures. However, do such harmonies conceal the suppression of the painful war experiences? Many people are influenced by the stories of war movies or war memorial sites; however, do these emotional impressions lead to indifference to the complicated historical facts? This study analyzes the process of the transformation of memories of war in postwar media cultures to examine the politics of representation and narratives of the war.