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In the Realm of a Dying Emperor
In the Realm of a Dying Emperor
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  • ISBN-13: 9780679405047
  • ISBN: 0679405046
  • Publisher: Random

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Field, Norma

SUMMARY

When the Emperor Hirohito died in 1989, Japanese newspapers had to use a special, exalted word to refer to his death, and had to depict his life uncritically, as one beginning in turbulence but ending in magnificent accomplishment. To do otherwise would have exposed them to terrorism from the vigilant right wing. Yet this insightful book by a Japanese-American scholar who grew up in both cultures reveals the hidden fault lines in the realm of the dying emperor by telling the stories of three unlikely dissenters: a supermarket owner who burned the national flag; an aging widow who challenged the state's "deification" of fallen soldiers; and the mayor of Nagasaki, who risked his career and his life by suggesting that Hirohito bore some responsibility for World War II.Field, Norma is the author of 'In the Realm of a Dying Emperor' with ISBN 9780679405047 and ISBN 0679405046.

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