“Forgetting the War through War Manga” (Lecture by Dr. Chua [Day3])

Karl Ian Chen Chua, “Forgetting the War through War Manga”

August 5 (Fri), 13:00-14:30
Hitotsubashi University, East Campus, Faculty Building 3, Research Conference Room

Reading Assignments

  • Karl Ian Cheng Chua, “Representing the war in manga”, Controversial History Education in Asian Contexts, edited by Mark Baildon et al. Taylor & Francis, 2013.
  • Akiko Hashimoto, “‘Something Dreadful Happened in the Past’: War Stories for Children in Japanese Popular Culture”, The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol.13, Issue 30, No.1 ( July 2015): 1-13.
  • Matthew Penney, “‘Why on earth is something as important as this not in the textbooks?’ –Teaching Supplements, Student Essays, and History Education in Japan”「どうしてこんなに大切なことが教科書に出て来ないのだろう」 教材、 作文、そして日本の歴史教育」The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol.12, Issue 1 ,No.0 ( Jan 2014): 1-36.
  • Shinichi Arai, “History Textbooks in Twentieth Century Japan: A Chronological Overview”, Journal of Educational Media, Memory & Society, Vol. 2, No. 2, Special Issue: Contextualizing School Textbook Revision (Autum 2010): 113-121.


Discussion points

1. What are examples of “war manga” that you are familiar with or have read?
2. What is opinion about these “war manga?”

Web sites


“Campus Tour ” (with Prof. Nakano and Prof. Okada [Day3])

Satoshi Nakano and Taihei Okada, “Campus Tour: Hitotsubashi and the Asia Pacific War”

August 5 (Fri), 10:30-12:00
meet at West Campus Main Gate at 10:20

August 5 (Fri), 10:30-12:00
meet at West Campus Main Gate at 10:20


10:30 The Memorial for the Students Died in the War at Sano-Shoin

10:40   West Campus with a map of war period

11:00   Hitotsubashi University Archive at Library building
“Students and their Campus Life under the War” with Librarian Oba Takashi

11:20   Institute of Economic Research Library
The Memorial Corner of Shigeto Tsuru-Exhibition “Shigeto Tsuru in Wartime”* with Librarian Yuko Fuji

11:50  Kanematsu Auditorium
12 :00  East Main Building


Suggested Readings

  •  “War-Time Education and Scholarship”, Hitotsubashi University, 1875-2000: A Hundred and Twenty-five Years of Higher Education in Japan, Makoto Ikema et al.,London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2000, pp.121-134.

Screening and Discussion by Dr. Maruyama and Dr. Nomura [Day3]

Yuki Maruyama and Nao Nomura, “Hundred Shots, Hundred Kills: War Movies, Eyes of the Camera, and Modern Spectatorship”

August 5 (Fri), 15:00-18:00
Hitotsubashi University, East Campus, Faculty Building 3, Research Conference Room


Reading assignments

  • Excerpts from Chris Kyle, American Sniper
  • Selected comments on the movie

Discussion points

  • Is Chris Kyle a war hero fighting with just cause or a trigger-happy killer with no morality?
  • Is the movie pro-war or anti-war? Why was there a big controversy over “American Sniper,” while it achieved a huge commercial success?
  • How do you feel when the camera overlaps the gunsight? What does it mean if you identify with the shooter’s eye? Are you involved in killings, at least in a metaphorical sense?

Suggested further readings

  • John Bodner, “Saving Private Ryan and Postwar Memory in America,” The American Historical Review 106.3 (June 2001): 805-17.

Related movies

  • “The Unforgiven” (1992)
  • “Sergeant York” (1941)


“Guided Tour :Shokei-kan Museum” (with Dr. Nakamura [Day2])

Eri Nakamura, “Guided Tour: Shokei-kan Museum”

August 4 (Thu), 11:00-12:30
meet at Kudanshita Subway Station, Exit #6 at 10:50

Reading Assignments

  • Tetsuya Fujiwara, “Japan’s other Forgotten Soldiers”, in Christopher Gerteis and Timothy S. George, eds., Japan Since 1945 from Postwar to Post-Bubble (London: Bloomsbury, 2013).

Suggested further readings

  • 植野真澄「傷痍軍人・戦争未亡人・戦災孤児」倉沢愛子ほか編 『岩波講座アジア・太平洋戦争 6 日常生活の中の総力戦』岩波書店,2006.



“Guided Tour : Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan Museum” (with Prof. Nakano [Day2])

“Guided Tour: Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan Museum”

August 4 (Thu), 13:00-15:30 meet at Kudanshita Subway Station, Exit #1 at 12:50

Map (Inner Garden)


Hand out

  • Kota Udagawa “The State and Consoling the Souls of the Dead: ‘The Yasukuni Question'”



Course Description


Summer School for Contemporary History 2016 hopes to provide  an occasion  to discover and reexamine historical events and experiences through the war memories and encourage participants to exchange their ideas on the subject  through a temperate discussion.


  • Read assignments and think about discussion questions
  • Active participation in classroom discussions

Assignments will be listed on this web site (categories > Summer School for contemporary History 2016 ).

The participants will receive an instruction via email to obtain class materials.