Forgiveness for Conflict Resolution in Asia: Its Compatibility with Justice and Social Control

  • Ken-ichi Ohbuchi
  • Naomi Takada
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

Even after the end of the 20th century of warfare, our world is still beset by a number of serious conflicts. On the very day the 2008 Olympics “Peace Festival” began in Beijing, an armed international conflict broke out between Russia and the Republic of Georgia. These strife-filled conditions indicate a deep-rooted propensity in human societies toward conflicts.

Asia as a Conflict Area

A number of Asian countries face potential conflicts with neighboring states. For instance, North Korea has been in a lengthy conflict with South Korea and Japan over the issues of nuclear disarmament and abduction of Japanese nationals, while the latter two countries have a serious dispute over the territorial rights of Takeshima (Dokuto) Island. There are several other territorial disputes among other adjoining countries in Asia. For example, armed clashes have occurred in the past between India and Pakistan over possession of Kashmir, and the tension between them still remains. Another example can...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ken-ichi Ohbuchi
    • 1
  • Naomi Takada
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Arts and LettersTohoku University in SendaiJapan

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