Bushido: The samurai code goes to war

Books Jul 23, 2016

Bushido: The samurai code goes to war

by Damian Flanagan

In a scene from the 1957 film "The Bridge on the River Kwai," a haughty British Col. in a prisoner-of-war camp confronts the camp's Japanese commandant. Citing the Geneva Convention as justification, he argues that his officers should not be forced into manual labor, ...

Bushido: The awakening of Japan's modern identity

Books Jul 16, 2016

Bushido: The awakening of Japan's modern identity

by Damian Flanagan

Opinions are divided when it comes to Japan's current Constitution, issued during the U.S. Occupation of 1945 -52: Is it an American imposition that unfairly refuses to recognize the nation as a "normal country" or a precious war-renouncing document that reflects Japan's unique status ...