The deafening report of war is such that the cries of its victims are often hard to hear, even decades later.

This is why Edgar and Ran Ying Porter hope their new book, “Japanese Reflections on World War II and the American Occupation,” will amplify the quiet voices in Oita Prefecture, particularly those of women and children who were caught in the crossfire between state indoctrination and blind nationalism on one hand and the daily struggle to survive on the other.

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