Tomoe Otsuki specializes in postwar Japanese history and contemporary Japanese social justice issues. Her research focuses on collective memory of war and disaster in Japan. Current research includes critical studies on the normalized relation between the notion of futurity and tropes of the Child in the context of post-Fukushima Japan, post-Fukushima literatures, collective memory of the 3.11 tsunami victims in northeast Japan, and disaster pedagogy of how we ought to teach the triple disaster of 3.11 to children. Her publications include “The Politics of Reconstruction and Reconciliation in U.S-Japan Relations—Dismantling the Atomic Bomb Ruins of Nagasaki’s Urakami Cathedral,” The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus (2015) and “Reinventing Nagasaki: the Christianization of Nagasaki and the revival of an imperial legacy in postwar Japan,” Inter-Asian Cultural Studies (2016).
Keywords: Cultural studies; Trauma studies, postcolonialism; environmental justice and humanities; social justice; Japanese studies; Japan-U.S. relations