After the collapse of the “bubble economy” in the early 1990s and the 1995 Aum Shinri-kyō's terrorist gas attack, the Japanese wrestled once more with the question of their national identity. What links connect today's Japan with the pre-WWII empire, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the early postwar years? How is theatre implicated in the national project of memory and forgetting?

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