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Naoki Hyakuta’s The Eternal Zero and A Man Called Pirate

  • Journal of Japanese Culture
  • 2018, (78), pp.295-315
  • DOI : 10.21481/jbunka..78.201808.295
  • Publisher : The Japanese Culture Association Of Korea (Jcak)
  • Research Area : Humanities > Japanese Language and Literature
  • Received : June 30, 2018
  • Accepted : August 3, 2018
  • Published : August 31, 2018

Roh Yoon Sun 1

1고려대학교

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ABSTRACT

Since the 2000s, a number of Japanese works in different genres, such as literature, films, and animations, have presented right-leaning views that mirror the nation’s conservative swing of politics that started in the 1990s. This paper considers the historical and ethical perspectives of two literary works by Naoki Hyakuta, who gained huge popularity by creating several conservative-oriented works as part of this cultural and artistic movement. In 2006, Hyakuta published The Eternal Zero, the story of Kamikaze pilots in the Second World War; he became a best-selling author when it sold about 5.5 million copies in Japan alone. After that, he created many other works. This paper reviews Hyakuta’s literary works of the 2000s, by understanding the historical and ethical perspectives in his works, which tend to rationalize the Japanese wars and colonial rule of the past.

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