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Tokko– Zaidan: A Case Study Of Institutional Japanese War Memorialization

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For the last six decades, Japanese society has engaged in a discourse to find what could be termed a workable formula for an alchemy of defeat remembrance, a coping process through which raw living memories of a defeat are transformed into emotionally palatable and politically expedient iconic and mythic narratives. One community of concerned parties working hard to make sure that the tokkō- legacy is polished to a high sheen and ready to perform a nation-rallying iconic role is the Special Attack Forces Peace Memorial Association (Tokkō-Zaidan), the most recent organizational permutation of a group formed over half a century ago by five retired Japanese admirals and generals. The mid-twentieth century Japanese variety- and the tokkō- phenomenon it produced is perhaps best examined not at face value for the cause it claimed to champion, but rather, for what its followers were obligated to do in its name.

Keywords: admirals; Japanese; mythic narratives; Special Attack Forces Peace Memorial Association; Tokkō-Zaidan



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