Symposia 2022
Symposia 2022

Symposia 2022

Interdisciplinary Symposium on the World War II and its Long-term Effects in Japan 2022:

Talking about War, Thinking about Safe Space


Date and Venue

The First Symposium: September 17th

The Second Symposium: October 22nd

The Third Symposium: November 27th

All the symposia will be held online from 1:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Japan time.


Participants and Presenters

Those who understand the purpose of this symposium and register in advance are eligible to participate (capacity of 100 people).

Each presentation will be given in Japanese or English with simultaneous interpretation.


Participation Fee



Online via ZOOM Meeting


Resistration Here


The First Symposium: September 17th
Considering a Safe Space for Vulnerable People to Share their Experiences of the War
  • Opening Remarks by Tadashi TAKESHIMA, Shigeyuki MORI, and Eugen KOH
  • Symposium
  1. Haru SUGIYAMA (Reportage writer)

“War brides in “Manchukuo” and children as the memory of war”

  1. Keiko TAMURA (Honorary Senior Lecturer, College of Asia and the Pacific, The

Australian National University)

“Narratives of Japanese Military Nurses in Rabaul”

  1. Akira KAWAMITSU (Independent researcher of the Battle of Okinawa)

“Gokyotai: Boy Soldiers in ‘Yambaru,’ Northern Okinawa”

  1. Tetsuya TAKEUCHI (NHK commentator)

“Disabled People and WW2”

– Discussant: Chie SHIJO (Associate Professor, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University)

– Chairperson: Eri NAKAMURA (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hiroshima University)


The Second Symposium: October 22nd
Safe Space for Public Memory about the Wars and the Disasters
  • Symposium
  1. Ryo SHIMIZU (JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Waseda University)

“People Who Participated “Senyuukai”(Veterans’ Groups) and not”

  1. Ariyuki FUKUSHIMA (Committee Member, Citizens’ Network of Museums for Peace)

“How ‘Safe Space’ Theory and Peace Museums Can Meet: Some Clues for the Discussion”

  1. Naru FUKUCHI (Department of Psychiatry, Tohoku Medical and Pharmaceutical University Hospital / Miyagi Disaster Mental Health Care Center)

“Experiences from the Great East Japan Earthquake”

  1. Kai OGIMOTO (Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Sagami Women’s University / Contemporary Freudian Society, New York)

“Inability to Mourn in the Post-WW2 Japan”

– Discussant: Byoungdo PARK (Assistant Professor, Department of Japanese Education,

Gyeongsang National University, South Korea)

– Chairperson: Kenta AWAZU (Visiting Researcher, Grief Care Center, Sophia University)


The Third Symposium: November 27th
Summary and Discussion for Future Symposiums
  • Summary of the 1st and 2nd Symposium by Eri NAKAMURA and Kenta AWAZU
  • Report on the Questionnaire on Safe Space by Kenji KAWANO
  • Symposium “Safe Space in History and Peace Education”
  1. Aya KASAI (Lecturer, Faculty of International Liberal Arts, Miyazaki International College)

“Secondary Traumatization in Peace Education – In Search of a Safe Practice”

  1. Mitsuko HIRAI (Teacher of Social Studies, Suita Junior High School, Osaka)

“War and Peace Education and Politics”

  • Keynote Speech by Eugen KOH (St. Vincentʼs Hospital and University of Melbourne)

– Discussion

– Summary

  • Closing Remarks by Tadashi TAKESHIMA and Eugen KOH

– Chairperson: Shigeyuki MORI (Professor, Faculty of Letters, Konan University)


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This symposium supported by: “War in the Mind” of Veterans: Visualization through Analysis of Psychiatric Medical Records and Interviews with Family Members(Project/Area Number: 21K12909, JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists, Principal Investigator: Eri Nakamura), Nakatsuji Foresight Foundation support for conference 2022, and 2022 Hiroshima University Network Formation Support Grant.