Nov 13, 1999

Three views of some troubled history

In March 1942, the Japanese Imperial Army took possession of the Dutch East Indies. The occupation lasted until Japan’s surrender in mid-August 1945, although the disarmament and repatriation of Japanese troops took several months more to accomplish. For some, these 31/2 years were much ...

Jun 29, 1999

A century after emancipation, buraku issue still haunts Japan

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE BURAKU ISSUE: Questions and Answers, by Suehiro Kitaguchi. Translation and introduction by Alastair McLauchlan. Richmond, Surrey: Japan Library, 1999, pp. 211, 35 British pounds (cloth). This is the translation of a number of important articles by Suehiro Kitaguchi in which ...

Mar 9, 1999

Building a nation in time and space

REINVENTING JAPAN: Time, Space, Nation, by Tessa Morris-Suzuki. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1998, 236 pp., $19.95. Every country exists in time and in space. This is a simple fact that is often taken for granted. The spatial and temporal boundaries of a nation do ...

Mar 2, 1999

BOOK BITES

THE FUTURE OF ASIA AND THE PACIFIC, by Geoffrey Hawthorn. London: Phoenix, 1998, 57 pp., 2 British pounds. This little volume is one of a series of 24 short books whose authors attempt to forecast the future across a range of social, economic and ...