What Caused the JL123 Crash?

When I first started conducting research about the JL123 crash (also known as JAL123), I had no intentions of looking at the cause of the crash at all. As far as I was concerned, it was a known fact: following an accident in 1978, the rear pressure bulkhead was damaged, incorrectly repaired, and this led…

Post 524 – Remembering The Victims of the JL123 Plane Crash

This is blog post number 524. For many I suspect that there is no particular significance of this number. But like 123 and 520, I will always associate it with JL123, Japan’s and the aviation world’s Titanic, which has been one of my research areas since 2007. 524 is the official number of crew and…

Post 520 – Remembering The Victims of the JL123 Plane Crash

This is blog post number 520. For many I suspect that there is no particular significance of this number. But like 123, I will always associate it with JL123, Japan’s and the aviation world’s Titanic, which has been one of my research areas since 2007. 520 is the official number of victims on board JL123….

The 36th Anniversary of the Flight JL123 Crash

I have been conducting research about the Japan Air Lines flight JL123 (also known as JAL123) since 2007. The research not only covers the crash itself (you can find a summary here), but also the aftermath of the disaster and the way in which it impacted the lives of so many people around the world….

The JL123 Crash and Manga – Recreating Iconic Images

Following on from my post about the manga Kurosagi Shitai Takuhaibin and The JL123 Crash and Manga – Unsolved Crime, this post will be discussing another manga in relation to the JL123 plane crash. The book, published in 2010, is Osutakayama-no-Atsui Natsu (御巣鷹山の暑い夏) (‘the hot summer on Mount Osutaka’). The titles reflects the popular, but…

The JL123 Crash and Manga – Unsolved Crime

Following on from my post about the manga Kurosagi Shitai Takuhaibin and how I came across it thanks to my research on the JL123 plane crash, this post is about another manga that features JL123. Published in 2009, Showa-Heisei – 9 Daimikaiketsu no Shinhannin (【昭和・平成】 9大未解決事件の真犯人!) (9 Major Unsolved Cases of the Showa and Heisei…

“One-no-Kanata-ni” (“Beyond The Ridge”) – Linking 3/11 and JL123

The next of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?” is about One-no-Kanatani (尾根のかなたに), translated into English “Beyond the Ridge”, but also known as “Inseparable Souls: Fathers, Sons, and The Crash of JAL123”. This TV drama is the third story, after Climber’s High and Shizumanu…

Researching the JL123 isho (last messages)

As I have posted about before, since I moved my website to this one, consistently one of the most popular post each month is the one that contains my translations of the isho (last messages) written on JL123 (JAL 123). I have decided to do some more research about the isho and what people’s interest…

Interview for Swedish magazine about the JL123 isho and “Brända Brev”

I was recently interviewed by Monika Israelsson for the Swedish magazine Aftonbladet Söndag about Dan T. Sehlberg’s book Brända Brev (The Burnt Letter Society) and the JL123 isho and their continued significance. The article is available online – albeit behind a paywall – see https://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/a/e8bG1R/breven-fran-flygkrascherna For more information about my research about JL123, see this…

The 35th Anniversary of the Flight JL123 Crash

I have been conducting research about the Japan Air Lines flight JL123 (also known as JAL123) since 2007. The research not only covers the crash itself (you can find a summary here), but also the aftermath of the disaster and the way in which it impacted the lives of so many people around the world….

Nakasone and JL123 – Contribution to new book about JAL123

A new book about the JL123 crash, which I have been researching since 2007, was published today in Japan. The book is by Tohko Aoyama, who has written several books about the crash. I also have a contribution in this book, commenting in particular on the role of Prime Minister Nakasone. The book promises to…

Time to find out what happened to JL123

Although it is nearly 35 years since the JL123 (also known as JAL123) crash, there are still many questions – at least in the Japanese language materials – that remain about what really happened on 12 August 1985. I have already written about some of the issues in my posts about my JL123 research and…