Comment on “Barbie and the Mushroom Cloud.” [in Japanese]

On August 4, 2023, Professor Maiko Ichihara of the Graduate School of Law commented on the Asahi Shimbun article, “Barbie and the Mushroom Cloud.” The article is about an incident where a fan of the film “Barbie” posted an image of the main character’s hairstyle on a social networking site that resembled the mushroom cloud created when the atomic bomb was dropped, which drew criticism from Japan and highlighted the difference of perceptions between Japan and the United States regarding the use of the atomic bomb on Japan. Professor Ichihara pointed out the issue that this article only mentioned Japan’s aggression against Asia as its offensive act and did not mention its attack against the US.