Introduction to Dark Tourism│8│

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Where should we Japanese choose to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II? In this paper, Ide describes his travels around the Malay Peninsula, focusing on Melaka, looking for a suitable place. Through this experience, he felt emotions that, he believes, cannot be felt in Japan, China, or South Korea. Approximately 74 years ago, Japanese troops invaded and subsequently ruled the Malay Peninsula. Though the period of Japanese governance was less than four years in length, Japan helped create the racial frictions that continue to this day. The Japanese invasion also negatively impacted neighboring Singapore and other Southeast Asian countries. In this paper, Ide explores Melaka, a famous World Heritage site, all the while thinking from the perspective of a tourist of the grief the Japanese army brought upon the country. Through this journey, Ide hopes to discover a new way of understanding a new modern world.