Andrew Gordon
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The Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History at Harvard University, where his teaching and research focus on modern Japan. He has also taught premodern Japanese history and comparative labor history. Author, editor, and translator of numerous books. His most recent work is the 2011 Fabricating Consumers: The Sewing Machine in Modern Japan; he is now working on a history of Japan’s “lost decades” in the 1990s and 2000s.
The Abe Statement: A Balancing Act That Leaves Work to Be Done2015.08.18

The statement issued by the government of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō on the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia is far longer than those by Prime Minister Murayama Tomiichi in 1995 and Prime Minister Koizumi Jun’ichirō 10 years later. And despite Abe’s stated desire to focus on the future, the statement overwhelmingly dwells on the past. These two facts reflect how challenging…

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