Japanese Reflections On World War Ii And The American Occupation by Edgar PorterJapanese Reflections On World War Ii And The American Occupation by Edgar Porter

Japanese Reflections On World War Ii And The American Occupation

byEdgar Porter, Ran Ying Porter

Hardcover | March 9, 2017

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This book presents an unforgettable up-close account of the effects of World War II and the subsequent American occupation on Oita prefecture, through firsthand accounts from more than forty Japanese men and women who lived there. The interviewees include students, housewives, nurses, midwives, teachers, journalists, soldiers, sailors, Kamikaze pilots, and munitions factory workers. Their stories range from early, spirited support for the war through the devastating losses of friends and family members to air raids and into periods of hunger and fear of the American occupiers. The personal accounts are buttressed by archival materials; the result is an unprecedented picture of the war as experienced in a single region of Japan.
Edgar A. Porter is professor in the College of Asian Pacific Studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan. Ran Ying Porter is a writer. Her most recent novel is Black Dragon River.
Title:Japanese Reflections On World War Ii And The American OccupationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.8 inPublished:March 9, 2017Publisher:Amsterdam University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9462982597

ISBN - 13:9789462982598

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPrefaceMap of Oita PrefectureChapter 1: "Something Big Was Going to Happen"Chapter 2: One Million Souls, One HeartChapter 3: Oita Men Troop to WarChapter 4: The War Expands and the People MobilizeChapter 5: Invincible JapanChapter 6: Fire from the SkyChapter 7: "I Shall Die with Pleasure"Chapter 8: Never-Ending SirensChapter 9: A Hard Price to PayChapter 10: Donate EverythingChapter 11: Eliminate the CityChapter 12: Oita's Advisors to the EmperorChapter 13: The Lightning BoltChapter 14: We Didn't Surrender, the War Just EndedChapter 15: Hungry, Confused, and AfraidChapter 16: The Devil Comes AshoreChapter 17: A Bitter HomecomingChapter 18: The Occupation Takes HoldChapter 19: Miss Beppu, Crazy Mary, and William WestmorlandConclusionChronology of Japanese Historical Events: 1905-1957List of Interviewees

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