Who closed the sea? archipelagoes of amnesia between the united states and Japan

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There is a profound lack of awareness among younger generations about Japan's prewar engagement with the Pacific Islands, let alone other colonial sites, yet arguably, this amnesia is not a spontaneous phenomenon. Forgetting about Micronesia and erasing it from the Japanese mass consciousness was a project in which both Japanese and American postwar forces were complicit. Focusing on stories of Japanese amnesia and selective memory in the Marshall Islands, I explore the Marshallese notion of ''closing the sea,'' how U.S. power has long been a mediating factor in why Japanese forget their Pacific past, and also why Marshall Islanders remember it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)350-372
Number of pages23
JournalPacific Historical Review
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May



  • Amnesia
  • Japan
  • Marshall Islands
  • Memory
  • Pacific

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History

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