Japan Diary

Japan Diary

Japan Diary

Japan Diary

Excerpt

This book is an eyewitness report of what has happened in Japan and Korea under our Occupation. It is also meant to be some other things. It is the story of that extraordinary figure, General Douglas MacArthur, and the men around him. It is the story of the way our foreign policy operates in one segment of the globe. It is the detailed story of the plot and counterplot which went on behind the Japanese throne in the years of war, and of the subsequent conspiracy to thwart the Allied purposes. It is the story of the common people in two Oriental lands. It is finally the record of my education.

The entries in this book are much as they appeared in my half-million-word diary. What changes have been made are few and minor. Some names have been altered, some dates reshuffled, some entries compressed for the sake of brevity, and, whenever it seemed necessary, background information added. This information has been drawn from a million words of diverse material, ranging from the diary of the emperor's closest aide to the printed records of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey.

It is difficult to give proper credit to the men and women in Japan and Korea who have helped me in my work-and my education. There are too many to be named, and many, I am sure, would prefer to remain unnamed. They range from members of the Japanese Parliament to Korean terrorists to American generals; from sharecroppers to brothel operators to revolutionaries, from U.S. Army officers who were anxious to "let the people back home know the truth," to a kamikaze pilot who expected to join the U.S. Air Force in the coming war, to a Korean general who was getting an American subsidy to run a Nazi-patterned "School for Leaders."

My thanks must also go to the group of brilliant reporters . . .

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