Issue 34

Japan Book Review

Issue 34 Volume 6 Number 4

Editor: Sean Curtin
Managing Editor: John Toppon

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19 Aug 11
The Comprehensive History of South Manchurian Railways Company [満鉄全史]

The Comprehensive History of South Manchurian Railways Company [満鉄全史]

by Kiyofumi Kato [加藤 聖文,], Kodansha [講談社], November 2006, 266 pages, 1600 yen, ISBN-10: 4062583747 Review by Fumiko Halloran The year 2006 was the 100th anniversary of the establishment of “Mantetsu” [満鉄], or “Minami Manshu Tetsudo Kabushiki-kaisha,” [南満州鉄道株式会社], in English the Southern Manchurian Railways Company, a semi-public corporation that was far more than a railway […]

18 Aug 11
Falling Blossom: A British Officer’s Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman

Falling Blossom: A British Officer’s Enduring Love for a Japanese Woman

By Peter Pagnamenta and Momoko Williams, Century, (Random House Group), 2006, 314 pages including notes and acknowledgements, £12.99, ISBN 9781844138203 and ISBN 1844138208 Review by Sean Curtin The central focus of this well written, moving and excellently researched book is the decades-long relationship between a British Army officer, Captain Arthur Hart Synnot, and a Japanese […]

16 Aug 11
Japanese POWs in Siberia, Unfinished Tragedy [シベリア抑留 ― 未完の 悲劇]

Japanese POWs in Siberia, Unfinished Tragedy [シベリア抑留 ― 未完の 悲劇]

by Toshio Kurihara [栗原 俊雄], Iwanami Shinsho [岩波新書], 2009, 211 pages, 735 yen, ISBN-10: 4004312078 Review by Fumiko Halloran On 9 August 1945, six days before Japan’s surrender to the Allied forces in World War II, the Soviet Army began a massive attack on Japan’s Kwantung Army [関東軍] in Manchuria [満州国] in northeast China. Some […]

Akunin [Villain] [悪人]

Akunin [Villain] [悪人]

, directed by Sang-il Lee (李相日), 2010, 139 minutes Review by Susan Meehan It is five years since the release of Sang-il Lee’s hugely enjoyable Hula Girls [read our review on issue 11], a Full Monty-style feel-good film replete with social commentary and the only one of his works I’d seen. I was, naturally, looking […]

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