The Nanking Incident and the Battle of Manila
Searching for Truth and Reconciliation
|Speaker(s)||Satoshi Nakano, Florentino Roda and Tokushi Kasahara|
from 10:30 to 18:00
|Where||Multimedia Lecture Room, Room 3405, 4th floor, Mercury Tower, East Campus, Hitotsubashi University, Kunitachi, Tokyo|
Center for the Study of Peace and Reconciliation
|Contact Phone||042-580-9057 (Nakano)|
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Seminar on war-related truth and reconciliation.
Satoshi NAKANO (CsPR) "The Battle of Manila and how it is remembered"
Florentino RODAO (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) "Spain and World War II in Asia"
Tokushi KASAHARA (Tsuru University) "Global views of the Nanking Incident"
The so-called "Nanking Incident" of 1937, the year in which the Sino-Japanese War intensified, and the Battle of Manila, fought in February-March 1945 and the only urban battle fought between Japanese and US troops, exhibit both strong differences and similarities in terms of what occurred, how they are remembered and how post-conflict reconciliation has been pursued. This seminar explores issues of war-related truth and reconciliation by comparing the Battle of Manila, for long years almost unknown and only recently becoming more widely "remembered", and the "Nanking Incident", the subject of remembrance politics for many years and accordingly inhospitable to attempts at reconciliation. Satoshi Nakano will present an overview of issues concerning the Battle of Manila, based on his research into the reality and remembering of the battle. Florentino Rodao will discuss the relationship between Spain and the Second World War in Asia, centering on the Battle of Manila, which can be considered as the largest "terrorist" incident experienced by Spanish people prior to the 2004 Madrid bombings. Finally Tokushi Kasahara, one of the foremost historians of the "Nanking Incident", will compare different countries' views of the Incident based on the international symposia held worldwide to mark the 70th anniversary of the Incident.