Japanese Reflections on World War II and the American Occupation

Edgar A. Porter and Ran Ying Porter

Japanese Reflections on World War II and the American Occupation

Edgar A. Porter and Ran Ying Porter

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

256 pages | 1 color plate, 19 halftones, 2 line drawings | 6 x 9
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9789462982598 Published June 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
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.
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