Sannenzaka Correspondence

Editors’ Diary 07/08/2023

During this period of remembrance for the atomic bombing of Japan, it is evident that global media outlets are not giving it the emphasis it deserves. For example, Georges Bataille’s discussions about Hiroshima are now a distant and largely disregarded reference in contemporary discourse, implying that such reflections should be discouraged. Speaking of security and peace in the context of Hiroshima and the August 15th myth appears considerably out of touch with today’s actuality.

Bataille viewed the impact of the atomic bombing of Japan as a matter revolving around the “disappearance of the face.” During an era where mass destruction was the focal point, this perspective was quite common, as exemplified by the similarly thoughtful works of the highly esteemed Japanese writer Abe Kobo. Similar experiments were also conducted in the realm of abstract art. However, in contemporary warfare, an entirely different landscape unfolds.

The prevailing focus in global warfare and security has shifted away from mass destruction towards information warfare and sabotage. The Washington Post has shed light on Ukraine’s covert operations, providing insights into the nature of modern warfare. Among the targets believed to have been sabotaged by these forces is the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline, a crucial European asset. Interestingly, this project was awarded to Japan’s Sumitomo Corporation and Nippon Steel. Thus, it becomes evident that sabotage operations forces are indirectly impacting Japan’s business partners as well.

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