The effects of the Asia-Pacific War (1931–1945) still linger through the region. Among those many factors that prolong the “life” of this war is the Japanese inability to recognize other peoples’ losses. Seventy-three years after the end of this war, these victims’ voices widely resound, a constant reminder that justice is yet to be achieved. This essay will explore, through ethnographic and textual analysis, these insistent but vanishing voices as they are evoked by former war criminals from Japan. These uncommon witnesses say that by testifying with the self-consciousness of former invaders and colonizers, they are listening and responding to their victims’ accusations. What these witnesses regard as their responsibility for their acts turns out to be their response-ability to their victims. This essay will pursue the latter concept to examine the degree to which it enables dialogues in the region, which is currently under a “memory war.”

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