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Japan's World War II Legacy

Japan’s World War II Legacy - Quartet, London, 2016

Why did the normally gentle Japanese wage a war so savage and merciless
and had the nation reflected on it sufficiently? This book is an attempt to answer
these questions.

In Part I, based on the interviews with the Japanese veterans conducted
between 2010 and 2014, the author discovered that many of them had been
hiding their memories of the war and suffering. The book tells how a totalitarian
nation brainwashed its young men and trained them to be fascist robots.

It is commonly thought that the Japanese failed to reflect on the war afterwards,
but the author met the members of the post-war generation who mourned deeply
for it, as well as those who were historical revisionists. Readers may find some
saving grace and the answer to the second question in the stories in Part II.


Bookmunch Review >>
Bath Chronicle, 18. Feb. 2016 >>


Eight Million Gods and Demons

Eight Million Gods and Demons - Plume, Penguin Putnam Inc., New York, 2003

This intergenerational novel about the Imura family begins with Emi’s brave fight
against epilepsy. Her husband, Taku, idealist and modernizer, loves Emi,
yet betrays her with Hana, a geisha. Hoping to play a part in world affairs,
Taku’s life reflects the ambitions of his country as it progresses in
its ill-conceived and ill-fated quest for Japanese supremacy in Asia.
Spanning the Japanese Meiji era from the 1890s to the WWII,
the book is a haunting epic of love and loss. The book has been translated into Dutch.
The author translated it into Japanese with the assistance of Satoshi Sonobe.

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Amazon Review >>
Sanford Herald Nov. 26, 2003 >>
The Bath Chronicle Nov. 3, 2001 >>
The Bath Chronicle Sept. 25, 2001. 1 >>
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“Mother-Daughter Readings” at Harvard, Oct. 26 >>
Venue Oct 26 - Sept. 9. 2001 >>
Booklist, Sarah Meador >>


老いるヒント
Even so I lived  - Nashinoki-sha, Tokyo, 2009 (written in Japanese)


The author never learned at school that not long after the Pearl Harbour,
140,000 Allied military were captured in the Pacific campaigns, kept in severe conditions
and forced into hard labour. So that the Japanese should know about this,
She interviewed former British POWs and wrote about their experiences.
Many Japanese readers of the book said that it was the first time they had heard about this.


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