Printed version of “Developing a Model to Explain Modifications to Public Transportation Accident Memorials” available now

For those who prefer hard copies, the printed version of my article “Developing a Model to Explain Modifications to Public Transportation Accident Memorials” is available now. I just got my own copy. For more information see this page or ‘Developing a Model to Explain Modifications to Public Transportation Accident Memorials’, Mortality (2019). DOI 10.1080/13576275.2019.1702009.

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…

“Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232”

I first went to Japan in the summer of 1989. One of my memories from that trip is what happened on my flight, or rather just before the flight, from Sapporo to Tokyo. As I wrote in greater length in a post about about some of my flying experiences, before take-off the news was shown…

“Aftermath”

Of the disaster narratives that I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?“, the one that surprised me the most was Aftermath (Elliott Lester, 2017). I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this movie in any way, but I did. Not only that, I discovered that Arnold Schwarzenegger is actually a very good…

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….

The ANA Flight NH58 Memorial

As I continued to look at cases of memorialisation for public transportation crashes in Japan, after having studied the JL123 crash for many years, I also visited the ANA flight NH58 crash (also known as the Shizukuishi crash) (全日空機雫石衝突事故) memorial. Having read about the crash in books, I learnt more about the crash when visiting…

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…

The China Airlines Flight CI140 Memorial

After the JL123 crash, which has been the main focus of my research on memorialisation for about 13 years, and the Fukuchiyama Line derailment, the public transportation accident that I next have most of a memory of and link to is the China Airlines Flight CI140 (中華航空140便墜落事故). The crash happened at Nagoya Airport and I was…

Remembering the Flight JL123 Crash (3): JAL Safety Promotion Center

Further to my posts about Osutaka-no-One and Irei-no-Sono, in this post I will write about the JAL Safety Promotion Center. The JAL Safety Promotion Center (Anzen Keihatsu Sentā, 安全開発センター) is located in Tōkyō near Haneda Airport. Although it is possible for the public to visit, visitors have to contact the Center in advance. It is…

Remembering the Flight JL123 Crash (2): Irei-no-Sono

Further to my post about Osutaka-no-One, in this post I will write about Irei-no-Sono (慰霊の園), the memorial to the victims of the JL123 crash, which is located in central Ueno-mura (and not at the foot of the mountain where the plane crashed, as I have seen it described sometimes). Let us start with how to…