Kamikaze Diaries: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers

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Author: Roger H. Brown
Date: Winter 2006
From: Pacific Affairs(Vol. 79, Issue 4)
Publisher: The University of British Columbia - Pacific Affairs
Document Type: Book review
Length: 634 words
Lexile Measure: 1650L

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KAMIKAZE DIARIES: Reflections of Japanese Student Soldiers. By Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney. Chicago and, London: The University of Chicago Press, 2006. xviii, 227 pp. (Photographs.) US$25.00, cloth. ISBN 0-226-61950-8.

At the request of her publisher, Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney has put together and commented upon the selected writings of a few elite students who died in the Asia-Pacific War. The author has also set out to refute the image of Japan's Special Attack Corps (tokk?tai, or kamikaze) as emperor-worshipping fanatics and to distinguish them from the Islamic suicide bombers of today, objectives that are, for the most part, achieved. Regarding these students, whom she seeks to place in historical context, Ohnuki-Tierney writes aptly that their "letters, diaries, and memoirs remain as testimony to their humanity; their voices too powerful to be buried for good" (p. 37).

The book opens with criticism of American reactions to the suicide attacks of 11 September 2001 and a summary of the author's perspective on student soldiers...

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