Japanese Army Stragglers and Memories of the War in Japan, 1950-75

Japanese Army Stragglers and Memories of the War in Japan, 1950-75

by Beatrice Trefalt


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This book charts comprehensively the various discoveries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific of Japanese soldiers still fighting the Second World War many years after it had ended. It explores their return to Japan and their impact on the Japanese people, revealing changing attitudes to war veterans and war casualties' families, as well as the ambivalence of memories of the war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415312189
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/03/2003
Series: Routledge Studies in the Modern History of Asia , #13
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1670L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Shared Past: Mobilisation for War 2. Creating Stragglers: Demobilisation, 1945-1950 3. 'Five Years on Mice and Potatoes': Exotic stragglers, 1950-1952 4. 'Living Spirits of the War Dead', 1954-56 5. 'But They Are Not Gorillas', 1959-1960 6. The Past in the Present: Yokoi Shôichi Returns from Guam, 1972 7. 'In the Jungle, the War was still Going on': Kozuka Kinshichi, Onoda Hirô and the last of Lubang, 1972-1974 8. 'Nakamura Teruo: The Last Straggler and the Issue of Imperialism Conclusion

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