Japan at War:An Oral History

Japan at War:An Oral History

Haruko Taya Cook Theodore F. Cook / Feb 24, 2020

Japan at War An Oral History This deeply moving book Studs Terkel portrays the Japanese experience of WWII This oral history is the first book to capture in either Japanese or English the experience of ordinary Japanese during th

  • Title: Japan at War:An Oral History
  • Author: Haruko Taya Cook Theodore F. Cook
  • ISBN: 9781565840393
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • This deeply moving book Studs Terkel portrays the Japanese experience of WWII This oral history is the first book to capture in either Japanese or English the experience of ordinary Japanese during the war In a sweeping panorama, Haruko Taya Cook Theodore F Cook go from the Japanese attacks on China in the 30s to the Japanese home front during the inhuman rThis deeply moving book Studs Terkel portrays the Japanese experience of WWII This oral history is the first book to capture in either Japanese or English the experience of ordinary Japanese during the war In a sweeping panorama, Haruko Taya Cook Theodore F Cook go from the Japanese attacks on China in the 30s to the Japanese home front during the inhuman raids on Tokyo, Hiroshima Nagasaki, offering the first glimpses of how the 20th century s most deadly conflict affected the lives of the population The book seeks out the true feelings of the wartime generation illuminates the contradictions between the official views of the war living testimony Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan AcknowledgmentsIntroduction to a lost war1 An undeclared war Battle lines in China A village boy goes to war Nohara Teishin Pictures of an expedition Tanida Isamu Qualifying as a leader Tominaga Sh z Gas soldier Tanisuga Shizuo Toward a new order War means jobs for machinists Kumagaya Tokuichi I wanted to build a greater East Asia Nogi Harumichi Manchurian days Fukushima Yoshie Dancing into the night Hara Kiyoshi Bringing the liberals to heel Hatanaka Shigeo2 Have faith in victory 12 8 41 My blood boiled at the news Itabashi K sh I heard it on the radio Yoshia Toshio On Admiral Yamamoto s flagship Noda Mitsuharu In a fighter cockpit on the Soviet border Mogami Sadao Sailing south Masuda Reiji A failure of diplomacy Kase Toshikazu Greater East Asia Cartoons for the war Yokoyama Ry ichi Building the Burma Siam Railroad Abe Hiroshi Keeping order in the Indies Nogi Harumichi Korean guard Kasayama Yoshikichi The Emperor s warriors Maker of soldiers Debun Shigenobu As long as I don t fight, I ll make it home Suzuki Murio Zero ace Sakai Sabur Demons from the East Army doctor Yuasa Ken Spies bandits Uno Shintar Unit 731 Tamura Yoshio3 Homeland Life goes on The end of a bake shop Arakawa Hiroyo Burdens of a village bride Tanaka Toki Dressmaker Koshino Ayako War work Making balloon bombs Tanaka Tetsuko Forced labor Ahn Juretsu Poison gas island Nakajima Yoshimi Wielding pen camera Filming the news Asai Tatsuz War correspondent Hata Sh ry Reporting from Imperial General Headquarters Kawachi Uichir Against the tide Thought criminal Hatanaka Shigeo Isn t my brother one of the war dead Kiga Sumi Childhood Playing at war Sat Hideo Art entertainment I loved American movies Hirosawa Ei Star at the Moulin Rouge Sugai Toshiko We wouldn t paint war art Maruki Iri Maruki Toshi4 Lost battles The slaughter of an army The green desert of New Guinea Ogawa Masatsugu Soldiers deaths Ogawa Tamotsu Honorable death on Saipan Yamauchi Takeo Sunken fleet Lifeboat Matsunaga Ichir Transport war Masuda Reiji Special attack Volunteer Yokota Yutaka Human torpedo K zu Naoji Bride of a kamikaze Araki Shigeko Requiem Nishihara Wakana5 One hundred million die together The burning skies Hiroko died because of me Funato Kazuyo At the telephone exchange Tomizawa Kimi Kobayashi Hiroyasu The war comes home to Okinawa Student nurses of the Lily Corps Miyagi Kikuko Now they call it group suicide Kinj Shigeaki Straggler ta Masahide In the enemy s hands White flag Kojima Kiyofumi A new terrible weapon 800 meters from the hypocenter Yamaoka Michiko A Korean in Hiroshima Shin Bok Su 5 photographs of Aug 6 Matsushige Yoshito Forgetting is a blessing Kimura Yasuko6 The unresolved war Reversals of fortune Flight Fukushima Yoshi From Bandung to Starvation Island Iitoyo Sh go The army s been a good life Tanida Isamu Crimes punishments death row at Changi Prison Abe Hiroshi The didn t tell me Fujii Shizue The long shadow of death The Emperor s retreat Yamane Masako My boy never came home Imai Shike Reflections Teaching war Ienaga Sabur Meeting at Yasukuni Shrine Kiyama Terumichi Lessons Mogami Sadao A quest for meaning ta Masahide Endings Homecoming Tominaga Sh zo The face of the enemy Sasaki Naokata Imperial gifts for the war dead Kawashima Eiko Royalties Yokoyama Ry ichi I learned about the war from Grandma Miyagi Harumi The occupiers Kawachi Uichir Back to the beginning Hayashi Shigeo

    Japan at War An Oral History Haruko Taya Cook, Theodore Japan at War is a book to which Americans and Japanese will continue to turn for decades to come With than , copies sold to date, this edition features an updated cover designed to appeal to a new generation of readers. Japan at War An Oral History by Haruko Taya Cook Jan , Japan at War An Oral History is a book about Japanese people who experienced World War II The author made this book by int Learning about World War II is something that I love to do As a Japanese individual, I desire to gain knowledge about it. Japan at War An Encyclopedia Taken as a whole, Japan at War An Encyclopedia shows the pacifist face of Japanese culture during the s, for instance and its bellicose side as well WWII It is an excellent starting point for those interested in the mutual influences that society and institutionalized violence have on each other, especially in the context of Japanese Japan at War The New Press Japan at War is a book to which Americans and Japanese will continue to turn for decades to come With than , copies sold to date, this edition features an updated cover designed to appeal to a new generation of readers. Japan at War An Oral History Edition by Haruko Taya Japan at War is a book to which Americans and Japanese will continue to turn for decades to come With than , copies sold to date, this edition features an updated cover designed to appeal to a new generation of readers. Japan at War An Encyclopedia In Japan at War An Encyclopedia, author Louis G Perez examines the people and ideas that led Japan into or out of war, analyzes the outcomes of battles, and presents theoretical alternatives to the strategic choices made during the conflicts The book contains contributions from scholars in a wide range of disciplines, including history Japan at war an oral history Book, WorldCat Japan at war an oral history Haruko Taya Cook Theodore Failor Cook This pathbreaking work of oral history captures for the first time ever in either Japanese or English the remarkable story of ordinary Japanese people during World War II. JAPAN AT WAR by Haruko Taya Cook , Theodore F Cook Haunting voices from a dark, disgraceful past, which afford a stunning and revelatory panorama of Japan s WW II experience Counting its aggressions in Manchuria and China, Japan whose death toll exceeded three million was in constant battle from through V J Day. Japan at war an oral history Buffalo and Erie County Japan at War is a major step toward removing this inadequacy From the interviews they conducted, the Cooks learned that the Japanese view the war differently from Americans First, the Japanese were the losers Second, many still deny their country s responsibility for starting the war.

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        Haruko Taya Cook is a member of the faculty today at William Paterson University s Department of Languages and Cultures and Center for the Study of Critical Languages and is Fordham Marymount Professor Emerita of History She is author of Japan at War An Oral History and has published extensively on war and the common people of Japan and Asia during the 20th Century.


    1. This was a phenomenal book. It is not the first compilation of interviews I have read about World War II, but it was by far the most comprehensive. Haruko and Theodore Cook did an excellent job in presenting the vastly different experiences of WWII Japanese and Japanese-occupied peoples. This is a must-read for any historian interested in Japanese history, Asian history, WWII, or the twentieth century.

    2. I only began this oral history collection because a close friend gave it to me. Normally I avoid the genre as being too anecdotal, too prone to give false impressions. Starting with the Manchurian incident of 1931, the going was slow at the outset because I know too little about Sino-Nipponese relations before the Pacific war. But once I got to the late thirties and events with which I've acquired some knowledge, it became riveting and coming to its conclusion with the occupation of Japan was a [...]

    3. Others have written excellent reviews about this book and I'm not going to repeat the main aspects. The greatest lesson to me though is the mindnumbing emptyness of collective militarism. Nearly all of the people featured in the book struggle to find meaning from the chaos and violence of war, but the message between the lines is actually quite depressing: the horrors were completely meaningless. Stalin allegedly stated that "The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statisti [...]

    4. A must-read for WW II buffs. See the Pacific theatre from the firsthand viewpoints of the Japanese. The book is basically a collection of interviews from Japanese who either promoted or suffered in the War. The overwhelming conclusion even from these Japanese was "we were wrong."

    5. Growing up in a western-style classroom, everything I learned about my own country has been westernized. I would open my history book excited to finally learn about Japan and all it would cover is the attack of Pearl Harbor and the atomic bomb dropping at Hiroshima. I considered it lucky if Commodore Perry was mentioned. So when my english teacher mentioned this book I was more than excited to read it. The book covered so much, and captured so many different perspectives and experiences of the p [...]

    6. I had to rate this book as a whole, trying to encompass everything in here, and that was a bit challenging as there's so much. These are personal accounts of people involved in WWII on the Japanese side. Men, women, and children in Japan, China, Korea, Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Okinawa, etc. from the very beginning of the war to the occupation.These stories in particular really stayed with me:-"Manchurian Days" and "Flight": I had never read about a Japanese immigrant in Manchuria before [...]

    7. I originally read this book for a course on memories of WW2 in America and Japan. I picked it up again to read while my car was being fixed, I soon found myself openly crying at Peet's Coffee, reading the account of the woman who married a kamikaze pilot on the night before his suicide mission. A staggering, heartbreaking panorama of the horrors committed and inflicted on Japan in the 1930s and 40s. there is some real darkness in here, such as the man who literally became addicted to beheading, [...]

    8. These candid, personal accounts of Japan's war in China and the subsequent Pacific War, from all walks of life, are alternately moving and ghastly, often brutally intense and never once not fascinating. Citizens, soldiers, war criminals, Shinto priests, artists, collaborators, and dissenters are all consulted. I put this book off for a long time, believing the knowledge I'd already amassed about the Pacific War would make it redundant, and that was a mistake. Not only did I learn a startling amo [...]

    9. Read this for my History of Modern Japan course. I have to admit I was really amazed by this. It's a collection of first-hand accounts of those who survived the war but many years later. Some of the stories are horrifying while others seemed to be barely impacted by the war (or so they say). To Japan this was the 15 years war, that began many years before World War II when they invaded China in the hopes of overtaking Asia back from the West. If you like oral histories, and enjoy reading first h [...]

    10. As an American, reading this book was particularly interesting. Besides having relatives who lived during World War II, our culture is saturated with John Wayne movies, World War II TV specials and the like. All of which try to present the way every-day Americans dealt with the war.This book contains dozens of short interviews with people living in Japan or Japanese-controlled areas as children, wives, soldiers, workers and forced-labor during the war. It was amazing to see both the differences [...]

    11. Disclosure: Both of the authors were my undergrad professors, so maybe I'm biased. However, this book is an excellent collection of interviews conducted by the authors with Japanese who experienced WWII. The interviews range from the interesting (Saburo Sakai) to the horrific (A man who becomes addicted to beheadings) to the heartbreaking. Even a cold historian's heart should melt during the interview with a kamikaze pilot's wife!

    12. For those that like oral history this is essential. Well presented in chronological order with everyone from the school children, the house wife, the front-line soldier and even Kamikaze failures, all are represented. For a peoples who are generally reticent to speak this is a must for those that have a thirst for Japanese wartime knowledge.

    13. This was a very interesting look at WWII through the eyes of Japanese who lived through it. It was surprising how many people admitted to thinking anti-war thoughts at the time, although just as many talked of being indoctrinated into believing that the war was the right thing to do. The authors interviewed a wide variety of people, so the reader gets a lot of information about Japanese life.

    14. When I lived in Hiroshima Prefecture, I went one year to the Flower Festival and while I was standing in the Peace Park, an elderly Japanese man walked up to me. In mixed Japanese and English, he asked me where I was from and then drew a triangle shape with two parallel lines intersecting it on the ground and asked me if I knew what it was. When I said I did not, he said it was the island the Peace Park was on.Then he drew a circle around the island.I thought I was in for a rant about the bombin [...]

    15. A gem, as far as oral history goes, as it truthfully represents daily reality of people - from those opposed to the war, to those completely in favour of it, even after it has been lost. It also confirms my hypothesis in part, that the majority of the real war criminals, those who claimed to have acted only upin orders, were never punished, and even if they were, a good part of them felt slighted for that as there was no push on the part of the international community to make them recognize thei [...]

    16. I appreciated the breadth of perspectives, and how the authors allowed each interviewee to speak for himself or herself, with just a brief introduction to establish necessary background. Everyone is presented as an individual, a human with a unique perspective. No one, whether soldier or civilian, victim or war criminal, is reduced to a statistic. I don't know whether the final product is representative of the views of most Japanese WWII survivors (likely not), but regardless it is a remarkable [...]

    17. Because I'm a foreigner living in Japan for 30 years, this is an amazing book to me. Everything I can read in English is from the Allied point of view. And no Japanese want to talk about their war experience. But here, finally, through the Cooks' interviews (plus commentary as history professors), I get to sit down with a wide variety of Japanese people and "hear" about their wartime experiences--on the home front, in Manchuria and Southeast Asia, early in the war, late in the war, ardent nation [...]

    18. A history book as it was meant to be. Divided in sections that highlight each instance of world war II, the oral histories of soldiers, civilians, children, war criminals, government employees, factory workers, pilots, and survivors of the atomic aftermath. An infinitely important war and historical text, recommended and absolutely necessary for every military historian. A special thanks to Haruko-sensei and Ted Cook for bringing the Japanese perspective to the world's attention. I hope the pers [...]

    19. I think that this should be read by everyone studying WWII history. It reminds us that not everyone in a country agrees with the government's actions, not everyone can say exactly what they want about their rulers, and how important it it to remember, even those who committed war crimes.

    20. An exceptional account of the people, which was pretty much everyone in Japan, engulfed in this horrendous war. Most people are quite familiar with the basic parties, dates, and events of WWII in the Pacific theater but these amazing, and at times heart-wrenching, first-person narratives give much clearer glimpses and interesting perspectives by the Japanese themselves into what it really felt like to almost die, watch people die, suffer, starve, and lose loved ones. I'm not going to hesitate to [...]

    21. this heavy, long, academic work consists of scores of interviews cross-referencing Japan's population during the war, and is a sort of legend in the field, multiply quoted and referenced in academia. it focuses on 'inherently interesting' topics, rather than a person's two years in the early war, their blow by blow account of being aerial bombed, and takes as its scope everything from Nanjing massacre perpetuators to pro-communist koreans-living-in japan to kamikaze pilots to people who did pape [...]

    22. The book’s format is inspired by and identical to Studs Terkel’s “The Good War” – a collection of oral histories of soldiers and others involved in World War 2 – only this time we hear from the Japanese perspective. And there is absolutely no way that this collection could have shared Terkel’s title. This was one of the saddest, most depressing books I have read in a long time.There is one similarity with America’s experience as in “The Good War” – the common man in Japan f [...]

    23. This is a very powerful and well written book. In the words of another reviewer, no one will be able to think, write, or teach about the Pacific War without reference to this work.The book is presented as a collection of first-hand accounts of "the war" from men, women, and children in many different parts of Japanese society. These accounts are grouped into sections, and each section is prefaced with an essay explaining some conventional history lessons that put the group of accounts into conte [...]

    24. This book really moved and awed me. I have to admit that I had no concept of what the Japanese point of view was during the WWII years on a street level. Halfway through this book, I was hit with the realization that the people who were telling their stories were at least the peers of the people for whom I played piano in the Tokyo Palace Hotel's premiere restaurant for three months in 1986. If they had been thirty years old at the end of the war, when I was there they would have been in their e [...]

    25. Anyone who is interested in history will know many of the details about Imperial Japan's abject defeat in World War II. But a textbook's recount of history only provides broad facts, numerical statistics, dates, and outcomes. It doesn't give you an understanding of what the people involved were going through, the personal costs that everyone paid in this great war. That's why I found this oral history book so interesting. It is by no means a light read -- very dense writing, with content that is [...]

    26. If you want to find out about life during wartime, this should be on your list. Although the book is specific to Japan, its anti-war message is universal.Japan at War: An Oral History is a collection of stories from war survivors, most of whom were interviewed nearly a half-century after the Second World War. Many of the stories were of civilian life and how it was affected by war, but many others were the stories of lower-ranking military officers or soldiers simply trying to survive.There are [...]

    27. This was an interesting, compelling, and horrifying read. I've read a lot about World War II from the German and American side, and took a particularly interesting class on Hitler in college. However, I've never known a thing about the Japanese side other than that they bombed Pearl Harbor and we bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.The book is written as a series of conversations from Japanese survivors of the war. Some are military participants, and some were caught in the everyday life that war brou [...]

    28. Curtis Moore (Tin House Books, Editorial Intern): As I gathered together a literary CARE package for my grandfather (a WWII vet stationed in Japan during the occupation) I found myself caught up again in one of the more harrowing reads I’ve had in the past year—Japan at War: An Oral History. The book, recorded in 1988, details Japan’s involvement in the Pacific War through the memories of those Japanese who experienced it. By documenting the stories of people positioned throughout society [...]

    29. I was meant to read this book back in the beginning of 2009 as part of my history course, but being the slacker uni student I was at the time, I never got around to it. Of course, having finally finished reading it now, I honestly don't think I could have, with all the other units I was doing at the time. This is a dense book to read, and it really requires some good time set aside to really take in all of what's being said. I liked each of the personal stories that were being told, and how the [...]

    30. Excellent. I have long wondered what the Japanese people thought about the wars their country instigated and what impact it had on them personally. As one might expect, it covers the broadest spectrum of human reaction; from seemingly light-hearted dismissal to the deepest possible remorse. But the majority were still haunted by their own personal losses and sense of betrayal. Although unspeakable things happened at the hands of their military, I at least now have a better understanding of how s [...]

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