In this interview by Japan on the Record, Dr. Sven Saaler (Sophia University) responds to recent controversies over public statues by describing the active role statues and monuments play in shaping popular understandings of history, communicating ideas about society to future generations, and even disrupting Japanese diplomatic relations in East Asia.
Saaler's latest book Men in Metal. A Topography of Public Bronze Statuary in Modern Japan is available from Brill as of 21 August 2020.
This podcast is a production of Japan on the Record and was reposted with permission. Japan on the Record is hosted and produced by Tristan R. Grunow, Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese History at Pacific University. For more podcast episodes by Japan on the Record, see: https://jotr.transistor.fm/episodes.