Magazine article New Internationalist

One Man's Justice by Akira Yoshimura

Magazine article New Internationalist

One Man's Justice by Akira Yoshimura

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Originally published in Japan in 1978, One Man's Justice is only the second of Akira Yoshimura's many novels to be translated into English. Set in the decade following the end of World War Two, it follows the life of Takuya Kiyohara, an officer in the Japanese Imperial Army. When he is demobilized, Takuya returns home to find that the occupying US authorities are pursuing and hanging suspected war criminals. Because of his part in the execution of American bomber pilots, Takuya is forced to go on the run. For two years he hides in the devastated cities of a defeated Japan. Through the eyes of this proud, unbending military man we see a demoralized, starving nation slowly, agonizingly attempting to rebuild a shattered society.

Yoshimura contrasts Takuya's martial code of honour with the summary judgments meted out by the courts of the occupying power. …

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