'The Night of the New Moon': Life in a Japanese POW camp

Oct 1, 2016

'The Night of the New Moon': Life in a Japanese POW camp

No incident in Japan’s history is more controversial than the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Fearing that a modern generation saw only the “microcosm” of these tragic events, Laurens van der Post wanted to illustrate the “macrocosm” of the wider Pacific War in “The ...

The Long Defeat

Aug 6, 2016

The Long Defeat

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In “The Long Defeat,” Akiko Hashimoto explores how Japan’s World War II loss has been remembered. More sociologist than historian, she does this by looking beyond political speeches and newspaper editorials and examines how memories manifest in the media, in classrooms and in the ...

'Ishibumi': Tragic history set in stone

Jul 13, 2016

'Ishibumi': Tragic history set in stone

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An annual ritual on Japanese television on or around Aug. 6 is a number of special programs about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Truth be told, after many years in this country I tune out more than I tune in. Just as ...