The Castaway’s War: One Man’s Battle against Imperial Japan by Stephen Harding

By Stephen Harding

Within the early hours of July five, 1943, the destroyer USS Strong used to be hit by way of a jap torpedo. The strong weapon broke the destroyer's again, killed dozens of sailors, and sparked raging fires. whereas accompanying ships have been capable of take off so much of Strong's surviving crewmembers, rankings went into the sea because the once-proud warship sank underneath the waves—and a tender officer's harrowing tale of survival began.

Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, a prewar soccer celebrity on the collage of Alabama, went into the water because the vessel sank. significantly injured, Miller and a number of other others survived 3 days at sea and at last landed on a Japanese-occupied island. The survivors discovered clean water and some coconuts, yet Miller, struggling with inner accidents and believing he was once at the verge of dying, ordered the others to head on with out him. They reluctantly did so, believing, as Miller did, that he will be lifeless inside hours.

But Miller didn't die, and his wellbeing and fitness enhanced sufficient for him to start trying to find nutrients. He additionally came upon the enemy—Japanese forces patrolling the island. Miller was resolute to outlive, and so introduced a one-man battle opposed to the island's occupiers.

Based on legitimate American and eastern histories, own memoirs, and the author's particular interviews with the various story's key contributors, The Castaway's War is a rousing tale of naval strive against, bravery, and resolution.

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Four Pairs of Boots: A 3,200 Kilometre Hike The Length of by Craig Mclachlan

By Craig Mclachlan

Japan is an engaging nation! one hundred twenty five million humans in a rustic simply a little bit greater than New Zealand, and simply as mountainous. We've all obvious the television pictures - cramped housing, commercial haze and crowded trains - yet what approximately 'the actual Japan'? outstanding mountains, twisting rivers, hidden harbours and rugged coastlines. this can be the tale of Craig McLachlan's ninety nine day stroll from one finish to the opposite looking for 'the actual Japan'. 1993 - what a 12 months to do it! The 12 months of the unending wet season! The yr and not using a summer season! The 12 months of earhtquakes, tsunami and typhoons - and sore toes! this can be one in every of 5 books on hand on Amazon approximately McLachlan's a variety of adventures in Japan. He has additionally climbed Japan's a hundred recognized Mountains in list time (78 days!), hiked the 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku Pilgrimage, journeyed round the Saigoku 33 Temples of Kannon Pilgrimage, and trekked from the ocean of Japan to the Pacific Ocean mountain climbing all Japan's 3,000-meter peaks alongside the way in which. See

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Les Japonais et la guerre by Michael Lucken

By Michael Lucken

Dans l. a. Seconde Guerre mondiale, le Japon a choisi le camp des puissances de l’axe ; il en partageait le projet impérialiste et une notion du dépeçage de los angeles planète en fonction de sa sphère de domination. A lui devait bénéficier l’Asie, en particulier los angeles Chine et les îles du Pacifique. l. a. inhabitants japonaise a donc été mobilisée pour ce projet dès 1937, quand le can pay commença ses premiers actes de conquête vers l. a. Mandchourie. Pour les généraux et le gouvernement militariste, tout le monde devait marcher du même pas et garder une sorte de culte patriotique incarné dans l. a. dévotion à l’empereur.
Le livre de Michael Lucken revient sur ce mythe d’une unanimité dans l. a. guerre. Il montre remark los angeles société a été travaillée par des sentiments contradictoires. Véritable histoire culturelle et matérielle d’un can pay plongé dans le gouffre d’un conflit meurtrier, il décrit les principales étapes de l. a. guerre et les manifestations qu’elle suscite sur le territoire. Cette measurement tragique du will pay du soleil levant proceed de travailler los angeles mémoire nationale nippone : les conquêtes, les massacres à Nankin et ailleurs, le rationnement, les kamikazes et aussi les bombardements, y compris les premiers usages de l’arme atomique à Hiroshima et Nagasaki…
Ce retour sur le passé japonais permet de mieux comprendre les fantômes et les cauchemars qui hantent les héritiers de Hiro Hito.

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Competition and Cooperation in Neural Nets: Proceedings of by Shun-ichi Amari (auth.), Shun-ichi Amari, Michael A. Arbib

By Shun-ichi Amari (auth.), Shun-ichi Amari, Michael A. Arbib (eds.)

The human mind, wi th its hundred billion or extra neurons, is either the most complicated platforms recognized to guy and some of the most very important. the decade has noticeable an explosion of experimental study at the mind, yet little concept of neural networks past the research of electric homes of membranes and small neural circuits. still, a few employees in Japan, the us and somewhere else have began to give a contribution to a concept which supplies strategies of mathematical research and laptop simulation to discover houses of neural platforms containing enormous numbers of neurons. lately, it's been progressively famous that fairly self reliant stories of the dynamics of development attractiveness, development format::ion, motor keep an eye on, self-organization, and so forth. , in neural platforms do actually utilize universal tools. we discover "competition and cooperation" form of interplay performs a basic position in parallel info processing within the mind. the current quantity brings jointly 23 papers awarded at a U. S. -Japan Joint Seminar on "Competition and Cooperation in Neural Nets" which was once designed to catalyze greater integration of conception and scan in those components. It was once held in Kyoto, Japan, February 15-19, 1982, less than the joint sponsorship of the U. S. nationwide technology beginning and the Japan Society for the advertising of technological know-how. members integrated mind theorists, neurophysiologists, mathematicians, computing device scientists, and physicists. There are seven papers from the U. S.

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Ruins of Identity: Ethnogenesis in the Japanese Islands by Mark James Hudson

By Mark James Hudson

Many eastern humans reflect on themselves to be a part of an primarily unchanging and remoted ethnic unit within which the organic, linguistic, and cultural elements of eastern identification overlap nearly thoroughly with one another. In its exam of the tactics of ethnogenesis (the formation of ethnic teams) within the eastern Islands, Ruins of Identity deals an method of ethnicity that differs essentially from that present in such a lot jap scholarship and well known discourse. Following an in depth dialogue of past theories at the formation of jap language, race, and tradition and the nationalistic ideologies that experience affected study in those subject matters, Mark Hudson provides a version of a center eastern inhabitants according to the twin starting place speculation presently preferred by means of actual anthropologists. in response to this version, the Jomon inhabitants, which was once found in Japan by means of at the least the top of the Pleistocene, was once via agriculturalists from the Korean peninsula in the course of the Yayoi interval (ca. four hundred BC to advert 300). Hudson analyzes extra proof of migrations and agricultural colonization in a powerful precis of modern cranial, dental, and genetic reviews and in a cautious exam of the linguistic and archaeological records.

the ultimate sections of the e-book discover the cultural development of eastern ethnicity. Cultural features of ethnicity don't emerge pristine and completely shaped yet are the results of cumulative negotiation. Ethnic id is consistently recreated via interplay inside of and with no the society involved. this sort of view necessitates an method of tradition swap that takes into consideration advanced interactions with a bigger process. hence, Hudson considers post-Yayoi ethnogenesis in Japan in the East Asian international approach, reading the function of interplay among center and outer edge within the formation of recent ethnic identities, corresponding to the Ainu. He argues that the defining parts of the Ainu interval and tradition (ca. advert 1200) should be associated on to a dramatic enlargement in eastern alternate items flowing north as Hokkaido turned more and more exploited via middle areas to the south.

hugely unique and now and then debatable, Ruins of Identity may be crucial studying for college kids and students in eastern stories and may be of curiosity to anthropologists and historians engaged on ethnicity in different components of the world.

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Alliance capitalism: the social organization of Japanese by Michael L. Gerlach

By Michael L. Gerlach

Company practices in Japan motivate fierce or even acrimonious debate, specifically once they are in comparison to American practices. This publication makes an attempt to give an explanation for the impressive monetary good fortune of Japan within the post-war interval - successful it really is valuable to appreciate in a time marked through debatable alternate imbalances and matters over aggressive commercial functionality. Gerlach makes a speciality of what he calls the intercorporate alliance, the leading edge and more and more pervasive perform of bringing jointly a cluster of affiliated businesses that extends throughout a wide variety of markets. the easiest recognized of those alliances are the "keiretsu", or company teams, which come with either different households of corporations situated round significant banks and buying and selling businesses and vertical households of providers and vendors associated with widespread brands within the car, electronics and different industries. In offering a key hyperlink among remoted neighborhood enterprises and prolonged foreign markets, the intercorporate alliance has had profound results at the commercial and social association of jap companies. Gerlach casts his internet largely. He not just presents a rigorous research of intercorporate capitalism in Japan, making necessary differences among jap and American practices, yet he additionally develops a vast theoretical context for knowing Japan's company networks. Addressing economists, sociologists and different social scientists, he argues that the intercorporate alliance is as a lot due to the overlapping political, fiscal and social forces as conventional Western financial associations similar to the general public company and the inventory marketplace. so much compellingly, "Alliance Capitalism" increases very important questions on the easiest approach to trade in any economic climate. It identifies occasions the place cooperation between businesses is a good method of channelling company actions in a global marked by way of complexity and swift switch, and considers intimately possible choices to adverse takeovers and different attribute beneficial properties of yankee capitalism. The publication additionally issues to the wider demanding situations dealing with Japan and its buying and selling companions as they search to coordinate their special kinds of financial association.

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Tokyo from Edo to Showa 1867-1989: The Emergence of the by Edward Seidensticker

By Edward Seidensticker

Edward Seidensticker's Tokyo: From Edo to Showa, to be had right here for the 1st time in one quantity, tells the tale of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an remoted Japan to 1 of the main well known glossy towns on the planet. With a similar scholarship and magnificence that gained him admiration as one of many most efficient translators of eastern literature, he deals the reader his personal excellent photograph of an entire society without warning rising into the fashionable international. by means of turns elegiac and humorous, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa is a crucial cultural heritage of Asia's maximum urban.

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Male Colors: The Construction of Homosexuality in Tokugawa by Gary Leupp

By Gary Leupp

Tokugawa Japan ranks with historic Athens as a society that not just tolerated, yet celebrated, male gay habit. Few students have heavily studied the topic, and in the past none have satisfactorily defined the origins of the culture or elucidated how its conventions mirrored type constitution and gender roles. Gary P. Leupp fills the space with a dynamic exam of the origins and nature of the culture. in response to a wealth of literary and old documentation, this research areas Tokugawa homosexuality in a world context, exploring its implications for modern debates at the ancient development of sexual desire.
Combing via well known fiction, legislations codes, non secular works, scientific treatises, biographical fabric, and creative remedies, Leupp strains the origins of pre-Tokugawa gay traditions between priests and samurai, then describes the emergence of gay practices between commoners in Tokugawa towns. He argues that it was once "nurture" instead of "nature" that accounted for such conspicuous male/male sexuality and that bisexuality used to be extra primary than homosexuality. certain, thorough, and extremely readable, this research is the 1st in English or eastern to handle so comprehensively some of the most advanced and exciting features of jap background.

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Selling Songs and Smiles: The Sex Trade in Heian and by Janet R. Goodwin

By Janet R. Goodwin

Promoting Songs and Smiles explores girl sexual leisure ("songs and smiles") in the course of Japan's Heian and Kamakura sessions, interpreting the sluggish building of a transgressive identification ("prostitute") for girls engaged within the intercourse exchange. Over a few 400 years, the nature and public picture of sexual leisure was once formed through growing to be regulations on girl sexual intercourse and more and more unfavourable perspectives of the feminine body--themselves the results of socioeconomic swap in society at huge. even though it is feasible to color an image of the final decline within the prestige of girls within the intercourse alternate, there have been additionally ambiguities in how they have been appeared by means of society within the very oldest extant references to them in historic resources. utilizing essays, diaries, criminal files, tales, and illustrated works, this unique and targeted examine unravels social attitudes towards woman sexual entertainers and examines adjustments of their alternate and the therapy they bought by the hands of the courtroom, the bakufu, and non secular institutions.

Compellingly argued and stylishly written, promoting Songs and Smiles demanding situations a number of winning interpretations, such a lot particularly the natural connection posed via students among shamans and sexual entertainers. in line with her exhaustive learn into a number of different types of fundamental resources, Janet Goodwin perspectives ladies concerned about the intercourse exchange neither as completely social marginals nor artisans positioned inside common societal bounds. What emerges from her research is the complicated and sometimes contradictory nature of the Heian and Kamakura discourse on sexual leisure.

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