Shinzo Abe’s version of history and the “Rise of China”




Lai, Kong Yeung Ronald

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This thesis examines how Shinzo Abe’s historical perspectives on “comfort women” and the Nanjing Massacre are influenced by global demands. Abe’s official account on these issues have been affected by pressures to reconcile with South Korea and to face China’s rise for strategic reasons. This originates from sources including think tanks such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies and media. Joseph Nye’s concept of soft power will provide the theoretical background to analyze Abe’s views on both issues. The existence and method through which these pressures are applied will be detailed and explored. This research will hope to contribute to the understanding of historical memory in the Asia-Pacific and how it remains an issue that undergoes changes in the current political climate.



Shinzo Abe, Historical Account, Historical Conflict, Japan, China, South Korea, Comfort Women, Armitage-Nye Reports, Empire, Nanjing Massacre, Yasukuni Shrine, CSIS, Historical Memory, Rise of China, Japan and China, Japan and South Korea, OBORI and TPP, Nanking Massacre