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This book presents an unforgettably honest account of the effects of World War II and the ensuing American occupation in Japan’s Oita prefecture, from the perspective of the Japanese citizens who experienced it. Through harrowing firsthand accounts from more than forty Japanese men and women who lived in the region, we get a strikingly detailed picture of the dreadful experiences of wartime life in Japan. The interviewees are wide-ranging and include students, housewives, nurses, teachers, journalists, soldiers, sailors, Kamikaze pilots, and munitions factory workers. And their collective stories range from early, spirited support for the war on to more reflective later views in the wake of the devastating losses of friends and family members to air raids, and finally into periods of hunger and fear of the American occupiers. Detailed archival materials buttress the personal accounts, and the result is an unprecedented picture of the war as felt in a single region of Japan.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 11-14
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. 15-16
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  1. 1. "Something Big Was Going to Happen"
  2. pp. 17-26
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  1. 2. One Million Souls, One Heart
  2. pp. 27-38
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  1. 3. Oita Men Troop to War
  2. pp. 39-60
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  1. 4. The War Expands and the People Mobilize
  2. pp. 61-70
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  1. 5. Invincible Japan
  2. pp. 71-91
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  1. 6. Fire from the Sky
  2. pp. 92-119
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  1. 7. "I Shall Die with Pleasure"
  2. pp. 120-126
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  1. 8. Never-ending Sirens
  2. pp. 127-131
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  1. 9. A Hard Price to Pay
  2. pp. 132-140
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  1. 10. Donate Everything
  2. pp. 141-151
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  1. 11. Eliminate the City
  2. pp. 152-157
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  1. 12. Oita's Advisors to the Emperor
  2. pp. 158-160
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  1. 13. The Lightning Bolt
  2. pp. 161-167
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  1. 14. We Didn't Surrender - The War Just Ended
  2. pp. 168-179
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  1. 15. Hungary, Confused, and Afraid
  2. pp. 180-189
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  1. 16. The Devil Comes Ashore
  2. pp. 190-197
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  1. 17. A Bitter Homecoming
  2. pp. 198-203
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  1. 18. The Occupation Takes Hold
  2. pp. 204-211
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  1. 19. Miss Beppu, Crazy Mary, and William Westmorland
  2. pp. 212-222
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 223-226
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  1. Chronology of Japanese Historical Events, 1905-1957
  2. pp. 227-230
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  1. List of Interviewees
  2. pp. 231-232
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 233-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-238
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  1. Image Plates
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048532636
Related ISBN
9789462982598
MARC Record
OCLC
986634704
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2020-07-31
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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