Japanese Army stragglers and memories of the war in Japan, 1950-1975 /

Beatrice Trefalt describes and charts the various discoveries of Japanese soldiers who were still fighting World War II in South East Asia and the Pacific region long after it had ended. She also addresses their repatriation to Japan and the ambivalence of memories of the War in Japan.

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Online Access:Electronic book from EBSCO
Main Author: Trefalt, Beatrice.
Format: eBook
Published:London ; New York : RoutledgeCurzon, 2003.
Series:RoutledgeCurzon studies in the modern history of Asia ; 13.
Table of Contents:
  • The shared past: mobilisation for war
  • Creating stragglers: demobilisation, 1945-1950
  • 'Five years on mice and potatoes': exotic stragglers, 1950-1952
  • 'Living spirits of the war dead', 1954-1956
  • 'But they are not gorillas', 1959-1960
  • The past in the present: Yokoi Shōichi returns from Guam, 1972
  • 'In the jungle, the war was still going on': Kozuka Kinshichi, Onoda Hirō and the last of Lubang, 1972-1974
  • Nakamura Teruo: the last straggler and the issue of imperialism
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: number and provenance of repatriates to Japan, 1945-1995.