Senso: The Japanese Remember the Pacific War - Letters to the Editor of Asahi Shimbun

Senso The Japanese Remember the Pacific War Letters to the Editor of Asahi Shimbun This acclaimed work is an extraordinary collection of letters written by a wide cross section of Japanese citizens to one of Japan s leading newspapers expressing their personal reminiscences and opi

  • Title: Senso: The Japanese Remember the Pacific War - Letters to the Editor of Asahi Shimbun
  • Author: Frank Gibney Beth Cary Samuel Hideo Yamashita
  • ISBN: 9780765616432
  • Page: 440
  • Format: Paperback
  • This acclaimed work is an extraordinary collection of letters written by a wide cross section of Japanese citizens to one of Japan s leading newspapers, expressing their personal reminiscences and opinions of the Pacific war SENSO provides the general reader and the specialist with moving, disturbing, startling insights on a subject deliberately swept under the rug, botThis acclaimed work is an extraordinary collection of letters written by a wide cross section of Japanese citizens to one of Japan s leading newspapers, expressing their personal reminiscences and opinions of the Pacific war SENSO provides the general reader and the specialist with moving, disturbing, startling insights on a subject deliberately swept under the rug, both by Japan s citizenry and its government It is an invaluable index of Japanese public opinion about the war.

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    1. This is a fascinating book filled with views of how the Japanese saw the war. It's also divided into separate sections.IntroductionAn interesting quote: 'There is no question that the Japanese people had participated wholeheartedly in the war effort. By the late thirties, all vocal opposition to the war had been systematically crushed. Stimulated by early successes in China and in the Pacific, the Japanese rallied proudly to support their armed forces.”I think this is important in how it relat [...]

    2. All too often the Western history books have painted the Japanese as a maniacal enemy, of single mind and single emotion, without accounting for the many who were cowards (not wanting to die in battle for the Emperor), conscientious objectors or just plain folk trying to exist during the times that were thrust upon them - people who had no desire for war but were obligated to do their part. This book brings some balance to our understanding of wartime Japan by reveling their thoughts and experie [...]

    3. This is a must read for anyone interested in the Pacific theater in World War II. The letters give a feel for what Japanese civilians and Japanese solders thought about their experiences and what they saw during the war. This is not a book about strategy or tactics but about the thoughts and feelings of people involved in the war.

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