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Japan at War: An Oral History

Haruko Taya Cook

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ISBN : 9781565840393
Paperback
493 pages
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This deeply moving book (Studs Terkel) portrays the Japanese experience of WWII. This oral history is the first book to capture--in either Japanese or English--the experience of ordinary Japanese during the war. In a sweeping panorama, Haruko TayaMoreThis deeply moving book (Studs Terkel) portrays the Japanese experience of WWII. This oral history is the first book to capture--in either Japanese or English--the experience of ordinary Japanese during the war. In a sweeping panorama, Haruko Taya Cook & Theodore F. Cook go from the Japanese attacks on China in the 30s to the Japanese home front during the inhuman raids on Tokyo, Hiroshima & Nagasaki, offering the first glimpses of how the 20th centurys most deadly conflict affected the lives of the population. The book seeks out the true feelings of the wartime generation [&] illuminates the contradictions between the official views of the war & living testimony (Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan).AcknowledgmentsIntroduction to a lost war1 An undeclared war: Battle lines in China: A village boy goes to war/ Nohara Teishin. Pictures of an expedition/ Tanida Isamu. Qualifying as a leader/ Tominaga Shōzō. Gas soldier/ Tanisuga Shizuo- Toward a new order: War means jobs for machinists/ Kumagaya Tokuichi. I wanted to build a greater East Asia/ Nogi Harumichi. Manchurian days/ Fukushima Yoshie. Dancing into the night/ Hara Kiyoshi. Bringing the liberals to heel/ Hatanaka Shigeo2 Have faith in victory: 12/8/41: My blood boiled at the news/ Itabashi Kōshū. I heard it on the radio/ Yoshia Toshio. On Admiral Yamamotos flagship/ Noda Mitsuharu. In a fighter cockpit on the Soviet border/ Mogami Sadao. Sailing south/ Masuda Reiji. A failure of diplomacy/ Kase Toshikazu- Greater East Asia: Cartoons for the war/ Yokoyama Ryūichi. Building the Burma-Siam Railroad/ Abe Hiroshi. Keeping order in the Indies/ Nogi Harumichi. Korean guard/ Kasayama Yoshikichi- The Emperors warriors: Maker of soldiers/ Debun Shigenobu. As long as I dont fight, Ill make it home/ Suzuki Murio. Zero ace/ Sakai Saburō- Demons from the East: Army doctor/ Yuasa Ken. Spies & bandits/ Uno Shintarō. Unit 731/ Tamura Yoshio3 Homeland: Life goes on: The end of a bake shop/ Arakawa Hiroyo. Burdens of a village bride/ Tanaka Toki. Dressmaker/ Koshino Ayako- War work: Making balloon bombs/ Tanaka Tetsuko. Forced labor/ Ahn Juretsu. Poison-gas island/ Nakajima Yoshimi- Wielding pen & camera: Filming the news/ Asai Tatsuzō. War correspondent/ Hata Shōryū. Reporting from Imperial General Headquarters/ Kawachi Uichirō- Against the tide: Thought criminal/ Hatanaka Shigeo. Isnt my brother one of the war dead?/ Kiga Sumi- Childhood: Playing at war/ Satō Hideo- Art & entertainment: I loved American movies/ Hirosawa Ei. Star at the Moulin Rouge/ Sugai Toshiko. We wouldnt paint war art/ Maruki Iri & Maruki Toshi4 Lost battles: The slaughter of an army: The green desert of New Guinea/ Ogawa Masatsugu. Soldiers deaths/ Ogawa Tamotsu. Honorable death on Saipan/ Yamauchi Takeo- Sunken fleet/ Lifeboat/ Matsunaga Ichirō. Transport war/ Masuda Reiji- Special attack: Volunteer/ Yokota Yutaka. Human torpedo/ Kōzu Naoji. Bride of a kamikaze/ Araki Shigeko. Requiem/ Nishihara Wakana5 One hundred million die together: The burning skies/ Hiroko died because of me/ Funato Kazuyo. At the telephone exchange/ Tomizawa Kimi & Kobayashi Hiroyasu- The war comes home to Okinawa: Student nurses of the Lily Corps/ Miyagi Kikuko. Now they call it group suicide/ Kinjō Shigeaki. Straggler/ Ōta Masahide- In the enemys hands: White flag/ Kojima Kiyofumi- A new terrible weapon: 800 meters from the hypocenter/ Yamaoka Michiko. A Korean in Hiroshima/ Shin Bok Su. 5 photographs of Aug. 6/ Matsushige Yoshito. Forgetting is a blessing/ Kimura Yasuko6 The unresolved war: Reversals of fortune: Flight/ Fukushima Yoshi. From Bandung to Starvation Island/ Iitoyo Shōgo. The armys been a good life/ Tanida Isamu- Crimes & punishments: death row at Changi Prison/ Abe Hiroshi. The didnt tell me/ Fujii Shizue- The long shadow of death: The Emperors retreat/ Yamane Masako. My boy never came home/ Imai Shike- Reflections: Teaching war/ Ienaga Saburō. Meeting at Yasukuni Shrine/ Kiyama Terumichi. Lessons/ Mogami Sadao. A quest for meaning/ Ōta Masahide- Endings: Homecoming/ Tominaga Shōzo. The face of the enemy/ Sasaki Naokata. Imperial gifts for the war dead/ Kawashima Eiko. Royalties/ Yokoyama Ryūichi. I learned about the war from Grandma/ Miyagi Harumi. The occupiers/ Kawachi Uichirō. Back to the beginning/ Hayashi Shigeo