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Postwar 70 Years : Revisiting Japan’s 1950 and Its Present Situation

Event Details

Date : 3 October 2015, Saturday
Time: 2:30 pm
Venue: Rumah Gerakbudaya.
No 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Speaker: Ikegami Yoshihiko (池上善彥)
Former Chief Editor of Gendai shisô (現代思想), or “Modern Thought”
Governing board member of Inter-Asia School

Moderator : Show Ying Xin

Organizer: Inter-Asia School’s Modern Asian Thought project (Singapore & Malaysia Office)

Co-organizer: SIRD, Gerakbudaya Bookstore

In 2011 March 11th, mega tsunami struck the coast of north east part of Japan mainland, then followed four nuclear power plants in Fukushima which exploded and melt down. Consequently, a large areas of the north east part and the Kanto region were contaminated by radioactive matters. This has caused a dramatic change in Japanese society and politics.

Hundreds of people’s rallies against nuclear power went up all over in Japan, but at the same time, the extreme right-wing government led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rose up together with the US ‘Pivot to Asia’ foreign policy. Present political issues we face are Security Bill which would change the Japanese Constitution fundamentally—first it will restart nuclear power plants, second, it reactivates American military bases which are mainly located in Okinawa, and third, it legitimizes the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade agreement—all of the implications are closely connected to the US.

This situation leads us to revisit Japan in the 1950s, when Japanese’s consciousness of history begins to take shape.

Ikegami Yoshihiko was born in 1956. He started working in the editorial department for Modern Thoughts journal 《現代思想》in 1991 and was the chief editor of the journal from 1994-2010. His works include “Japan’s post-war small groups movements”, “New Realism Art as double projects in the Japanese postwar era” in Inter– Asia Cultural Studies and some more.Being the chief editor of Modern Thought Journal for 16 years, Ikegami plays an important role in the Japanese academic and intellectual circles through developing new thoughts to juxtapose history with modern social and political studies. Furthermore, he connects the knowledge system and activist networks in different regions (Okinawa, Seoul, Taipei, Beijing etc).

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