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An Empirical Study of the Shifts in HIROSHIMA’s Identity in the Peace Declarations and Their English Translations 1947-2018
creator
Does, Luli van der
abstract
Hiroshima has metamorphosed from a land of total devastation to a mecca of world peace since the atomic explosion it experienced 73 years ago. The dramatic change of Hiroshimaʼs physical state has been well documented; however, shifts in citizensʼ outlooks — that is, what the city and its people have aspired to become in the path of reconstruction and development — is still understudied. This empirical study investigates the shifting self-identity of Hiroshima as conveyed by its successive mayors in their Peace Declarations at the cityʼs annual Peace Ceremony from 1947 to 2018.
Using quantitative and qualitative hybrid analytics, this study examines how each mayorʼs Peace Declarations have portrayed a vision for the identity of Hiroshima and in what ways this identity has changed over the years against the backdrop of socio-political events involving Hiroshima. The domestic and international trajectories of its projected identity are examined by comparing the original Japanese versions of the annual address and their English translations.
The empirical results reveal that a set of core concepts are shared among all mayorsʼ original declarations: 1) the human toll of the atomic-bomb attack, 2) the call for abolition of all wars and nuclear weapons to attain lasting world peace, and 3) relief for the hibakusha . Distinct differences are also found from mayor to mayor in terms of Hiroshimaʼs international role in attaining world peace. This empirical study further reveals that emphasis on the hibakusha ʼs involvement in constructing Hiroshimaʼs post-war identity is markedly attenuated in the English translations. As a result the English version of the Peace Declarations have established a simpler narrative of Hiroshimaʼs path to a “City of Peace”, targeting the international audience.
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本稿は、日本学術振興会科学研究費補助金(15H03137及び17F17014)の研究成果の一部である。
journal title
Hiroshima Peace Science
volume
Volume 40
start page
69
end page
94
date of issued
2019-03
publisher
広島大学平和センター
issn
0386-3565
2434-9135
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language
jpn
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
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applicarion/pdf
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Copyright (c) 2019 広島大学平和センター
department
The Center for Peace
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