This study aims to analyze the political strategy of Yasukuni jinja in Kobayashi comics based on Roland Barthes` myth analysis model. For this purpose, the study focused on the cartoon strategy contained in Kobayashi comics. The results of the study are as follows:
First, the three discourses which have been found in cartoons using the myth analysis model are 1) the problems of the Tokyo trial, 2) the consistent criticism on leftist forces in Japan, and 3) the function of Yasukuni as a public workship place. With these three discourses, the study draw the final myth that “Yasukuni worship is just”.
Second, examining the strategic changes of conservative forces since the 1990s, the study focused on Kobayashi Yoshinori, a comic artist, who participated in a new national movement, or historiographical movement mobilizing scholars.
It is concluded that Kobayashi contributed to popularization of the conservative logic of the young generation due to the fact that he targeted the younger generation, and he simplified the remuneration logic by using extreme dichotomy in the cartoon. This makes Kobayashi different from the conservative politicians.
The study showed how the conservative logic of the Japanese superstructure evolves into the infrastructure of the Japanese masses, and Japanese cartoons through the mass media have been served, which makes Kobayashi`s research necessary.