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By Takao Fusayama

ISBN-10: 6028397199

ISBN-13: 9786028397193

Dr. Takao Fusayama’s memoir was once first delivered to our recognition by way of Louis Allen, the well known English historian of worldwide warfare 2 and writer of the vintage account of the Allied victory within the Pacific, finish of the battle in Asia. Dr. Fusayama, an eminent professor of dentistry in Tokyo, in his seek to acquire a duplicate of Allen’s booklet, then out of print, spent a few days with Louis Allen at his domestic in Durham within the northeast of britain, approximately 4 years in the past. Fusayama stated his stories as a signs officer within the Japan’s Imperial safeguard department to Allen, who even persuaded his visitor to speak over the phone with o­ne of the British officials who had interrogated him after Japan’s hand over greater than 40 years previous. whereas in Sumatra Fusayama had get involved with the Indonesian warfare of independence, and, as Allen wrote: “All this he has now not o­nly written up in eastern, yet he’s produced a typescript, approximately 50,000 phrases, I reckon, o­n this era of the give up and a number of the modus vivendi he and the opposite jap needed to contrive so one can stroll the tightrope among obeying the give up orders to us and protecting the friendship of the locals whom they’d, of their view, liberated from the Dutch. It’s a fascinating record o­n this era, and he's an clever observer.” in the course of the strong places of work of Dr. Peter Carey at Oxford, Louis Allen eventually submitted Dr. Fusayama’s memoir to Cornell smooth Indonesia venture, providing to write down an creation for it. unfortunately, Allen died in December 1991, lengthy prior to we have been in a position to organize Dr. Fusayama’s memoir for English ebook. as an alternative, Dr. Saya Shiraishi, who's at present instructing at Cornell, has supplied us with an engaging advent from a ancient point of view, throwing mild o­n the significance of this memoir for an total view of this era within the background of Japan and Indonesia. Dr. Shiraishi has herself researched and written o­n the japanese career of Sumatra, and through the Seventies she interviewed many eastern military veterans, either in Sumatra and Japan, who had participated within the profession of Sumatra and its aftermath.
certainly one of our leader reservations in publishing the memoir lay within the author’s description of it as a “documentary novel,” yet we chanced on that the “fictions” within the narrative relate typically to Dr. Fusayama’s dramatization of the motion through placing into direct speech his stories of the final tenor of his conversations with the various significant protagonists. As he notes in his Preface, he recorded his reminiscences instantly after his repatriation to Japan, and it's obvious that his rendition of the occasions he witnessed are actual to his perceptions on the time. Dr. Fusayama has now not replaced the names of the foremost ancient actors concerned, and, as he reassured us:

“In truth fictional names have been used o­nly for Jusuf and his lover, Merry. Jusuf was once killed within the struggle yet his family members are alive. Merry can also be alive someplace in Holland. due to the fact that Jusuf used to be suspected to be comparable with enemy, i don't wish to embarrass them by way of disclosing the true names. This hiding won't impact the background simply because they didn't play any major role.”

Dr. Fusayama’s memoir deals an strange and illuminating account of this era in Sumatra’s history.

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