Conclusion: Capitalism and atmosphere

Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this concluding chapter, Yoshimoto first reexamines the foundational significance of the idea of “postwar” (sengo) in official discourse and popular images of modern Japanese history. After discussing how the postwar regime and the system of permanent defeat are contested by the political right and left, respectively, Yoshimoto focuses on similarities between these diametrically opposite political positions with respect to their views on Japanese history since 1945. Yoshimoto then argues that the idea of postwar creates a critical impasse by delimiting the range of historical imagination and, more importantly, obscuring the pervasive effect of capitalism and neoliberal rationality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlanetary Atmospheres and Urban Society after Fukushima
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9789811020070
ISBN (Print)9789811020063
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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