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Pacifist Identity, Civics Textbooks, and the Opposition to Japan's Security Legislation
Swedish Defence University, Department of Security, Strategy and Leadership (ISSL), Political Science Section.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7495-055X
Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Journal of Japanese Studies, ISSN 0095-6848, E-ISSN 1549-4721, Vol. 45, no 1, p. 31-55Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines Japanese processes of self-formation as reflected in junior high school civics textbooks, comparing books published in 1990 and 2012. It demonstrates surprising continuity in how books from the two years construct a pacifist self in sharp contrast to Japan's prewar and wartime belligerence. We argue that this kind of antagonistic temporal othering has continued to socialize Japanese students into a "peace identity" and helps to explain the strong grassroots opposition to the Japanese government's 2015 announcement of laws to back up its position that Japan can exercise collective self-defense.

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2019. Vol. 45, no 1, p. 31-55
Keywords [en]
identity, security, Japan, civics textbooks
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Political Science
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Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-8430DOI: 10.1353/jjs.2019.0002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-8430DiVA, id: diva2:1293029
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Power shift in East Asia: Soft power analyses
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Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, MMW2013.0162Available from: 2019-03-01 Created: 2019-03-01 Last updated: 2019-03-27Bibliographically approved

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