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Kamikaze Diaries

Author: Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226620921
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“We tried to live with 120 percent intensity, rather than waiting for death. We read and read, trying to understand why we had to die in our early twenties. We felt the clock ticking away towards our death, every sound of the clock shortening our lives.” So wrote Irokawa Daikichi, one of the many kamikaze pilots, or tokkotai, who faced almost certain death in the futile military operations conducted by Japan at the end of World War II. This moving history presents diaries and correspondence left by members of the tokkotai and other Japanese student soldiers who perished during the war. Outside of Japan, these kamikaze pilots were considered unbridled fanatics and chauvinists who willingly sacrificed their lives for the emperor. But the writings explored here by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney clearly and eloquently speak otherwise. A significant number of the kamikaze were university students who were drafted and forced to volunteer for this desperate military operation. Such young men were the intellectual elite of modern Japan: steeped in the classics and major works of philosophy, they took Descartes’ “I think, therefore I am” as their motto. And in their diaries and correspondence, as Ohnuki-Tierney shows, these student soldiers wrote long and often heartbreaking soliloquies in which they poured out their anguish and fear, expressed profound ambivalence toward the war, and articulated thoughtful opposition to their nation’s imperialism. A salutary correction to the many caricatures of the kamikaze, this poignant work will be essential to anyone interested in the history of Japan and World War II.

Geschichte F R Einen Augenblick

Author: Ruth Ozeki
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 3104028214
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Ruth Ozeki erkundet, was es heißt, in diesem Augenblick, genau jetzt, ein Mensch zu sein – »bezaubernd, klug und herzzerreißend« (Junot Díaz). »Hallo! Ich heiße Nao, und ich bin ein Zeitwesen. Weißt du, was ein Zeitwesen ist? Wenn du einen Moment hast, erzähl ich es dir.« So beginnt das Tagebuch des japanischen Teenagers Nao, das eines Tages am Strand einer kanadischen Pazifikinsel angespült wird. Nao schreibt von Einsamkeit und Mobbing, vom depressiven Vater, von ihrer schillernden Urgroßmutter Jiko und den Geheimnissen des Zen. Die Autorin Ruth, die das Tagebuch gefunden hat, ist bald wie gebannt von Naos Notizen und beginnt zugleich um ihr Leben zu fürchten – hat Nao letztlich Selbstmord begangen? Ist sie im Tsunami gestorben? Die Suche nach Antworten gerät für Ruth zu einer magischen Reise durch die Gegenwart, die am Ende auch den Blick auf ihr eigenes Leben verwandelt.

Gender Politics And Mass Dictatorship

Author: J. Lim
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230283276
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Unique in comparative scope, this volume brings together global scholarship on gender. Thirteen international experts explore the gendered mobilization of men and women in twentieth century European and Asian mass dictatorships and colonial empires, examining both mobilization 'from above' and self-empowerment 'from below'.

Japan Eine Wirtschaftsmacht Erfindet Sich Neu

Author: David Pilling
Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG
ISBN: 3446436464
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Hat die Dreifach-Naturkatastrophe von Erdbeben, Tsunami und dem Atom-Desaster in Fukushima Japan nach Jahren wirtschaftlicher Schwäche endgültig ins Aus katapultiert? David Pilling zeichnet ein anderes Bild: Der langjährige Asien-Korrespondent der „Financial Times“ kennt die Situation vor Ort aus erster Hand. Der Brite warnt davor, Japan zu unterschätzen, denn es steht vor einer großen Renaissance. Es hat sich dem „Shareholder-Kapitalismus“ viel stärker verschlossen als andere Länder – und davon in der Wirtschaftskrise profitiert. Zudem hat Japan kreative Lösungen für die Überalterung seiner Gesellschaft gefunden, für die es sogar der Erzrivale China bewundert und die auch für uns Vorbild sein können.

Sterben Als Spektakel

Author: Lorenz Graitl
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 353118461X
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Die Medien berichten regelmäßig über Selbstmordattentate im Irak, in Pakistan und Afghanistan. Eine geringere mediale Aufmerksamkeit erhalten gewaltfreie Formen des Selbstopfers wie die Selbstverbrennung und das Todesfasten. Jenseits von Spekulationen, Kulturalisierungen und Pathologisierungen nähert sich der Autor diesem keineswegs seltenen Phänomen auf empirischer Basis. Anhand einer Analyse ausgewählter Abschiedsnachrichten und Märtyrervideos wird herausgearbeitet, wer die Adressaten eines solchen Aktes sind, welche Handlungserwartungen an diese gestellt werden und unter welchen Bedingungen der eigene Tod zu einer „Medienwaffe“ werden kann.

So Lovely A Country Will Never Perish

Author: Donald Keene
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023152272X
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The attack on Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the Greater East Asia War and its initial triumphs, aroused pride and a host of other emotions among the Japanese people. Yet the single year in which Japanese forces occupied territory from Alaska to Indonesia was followed by three years of terrible defeat. Nevertheless, until the shattering end of the war, many Japanese continued to believe in the invincibility of their country. But in the diaries of well-known writers including Nagai Kafu, Takami Jun, Yamada Futaru, and Hirabayashi Taiko and the scholar Watanabe Kazuo, varying doubts were vividly, though privately, expressed. Donald Keene, renowned scholar of Japan, selects from these diaries, some written by authors he knew well. Their revelations were sometimes poignant, sometimes shocking to Keene. Ito Sei's fervent patriotism and even claims of racial superiority stand in stark contrast to the soft-spoken, kindly man Keene knew. Weaving archival materials with personal recollections and the intimate accounts themselves, Keene reproduces the passions aroused during the war and the sharply contrasting reactions in the year following Japan's surrender. Whether detailed or fragmentary, these entries communicate the reality of false victory and all-too-real defeat.

Dying For Ideas

Author: Costica Bradatan
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472525825
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What do Socrates, Hypatia, Giordano Bruno, Thomas More, and Jan Patocka have in common? First, they were all faced one day with the most difficult of choices: stay faithful to your ideas and die or renounce them and stay alive. Second, they all chose to die. Their spectacular deaths have become not only an integral part of their biographies, but are also inseparable from their work. A "death for ideas" is a piece of philosophical work in its own right; Socrates may have never written a line, but his death is one of the greatest philosophical best-sellers of all time. Dying for Ideas explores the limit-situation in which philosophers find themselves when the only means of persuasion they can use is their own dying bodies and the public spectacle of their death. The book tells the story of the philosopher's encounter with death as seen from several angles: the tradition of philosophy as an art of living; the body as the site of self-transcending; death as a classical philosophical topic; taming death and self-fashioning; finally, the philosophers' scapegoating and their live performance of a martyr's death, followed by apotheosis and disappearance into myth. While rooted in the history of philosophy, Dying for Ideas is an exercise in breaking disciplinary boundaries. This is a book about Socrates and Heidegger, but also about Gandhi's "fasting unto death" and self-immolation; about Girard and Passolini, and self-fashioning and the art of the essay.

Brain Imaging

Author: Henry N. Wagner
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9781848003088
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This book describes what molecular imaging is, how it developed, what are its basic principles, and what it has told us and can tell us about the chemistry of the human brain. Everyone today is conscious of the fact that there is chemistry going on in the brain, and that it is affected by widely used pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs. This book will elucidate these topics in an interesting, historical and philosophical way. The book is a valuable reference resource for all those in nuclear medicine and radiology as well the educated general public.

Voices Of World War Ii

Author: Lois Miner Huey
Publisher: Capstone
ISBN: 1429647388
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"Describes first-hand accounts of World War II from those who lived through it"--Provided by publisher.

Eastwood S Iwo Jima

Author: Anne Gjelsvik
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231850433
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With Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Clint Eastwood made a unique contribution to film history, being the first director to make two films about the same event. Eastwood's films examine the battle over Iwo Jima from two nations' perspectives, in two languages, and embody a passionate view on conflict, enemies, and heroes. Together these works tell the story behind one of history's most famous photographs, Leo Rosenthal's "Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima." In this volume, international scholars in political science and film, literary, and cultural studies undertake multifaceted investigations into how Eastwood's diptych reflects war today. Fifteen essays explore the intersection among war films, American history, and Japanese patriotism. They present global attitudes toward war memories, icons, and heroism while offering new perspectives on cinema, photography, journalism, ethics, propaganda, war strategy, leadership, and the war on terror.