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By Takao Fusayama

ISBN-10: 6028397199

ISBN-13: 9786028397193

Dr. Takao Fusayama’s memoir was once first dropped at our awareness through Louis Allen, the well known English historian of worldwide struggle 2 and writer of the vintage account of the Allied victory within the Pacific, finish of the conflict in Asia. Dr. Fusayama, an eminent professor of dentistry in Tokyo, in his seek to procure a duplicate of Allen’s publication, then out of print, spent a number of days with Louis Allen at his domestic in Durham within the northeast of britain, approximately 4 years in the past. Fusayama mentioned his reviews as a signs officer within the Japan’s Imperial defend 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 give up greater than 40 years past. whereas in Sumatra Fusayama had get entangled with the Indonesian conflict of independence, and, as Allen wrote: “All this he has no longer 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 many of the modus vivendi he and the opposite jap needed to contrive with the intention to stroll the tightrope among obeying the quit orders to us and holding the friendship of the locals whom they’d, of their view, liberated from the Dutch. It’s a fascinating rfile o­n this era, and he's an clever observer.” in the course of the reliable workplaces of Dr. Peter Carey at Oxford, Louis Allen ultimately submitted Dr. Fusayama’s memoir to Cornell sleek Indonesia undertaking, supplying to jot down an advent 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 book. as a substitute, Dr. Saya Shiraishi, who's presently educating at Cornell, has supplied us with a fascinating creation from a historic viewpoint, throwing gentle o­n the significance of this memoir for an total view of this era within the heritage of Japan and Indonesia. Dr. Shiraishi has herself researched and written o­n the japanese career of Sumatra, and through the Seventies she interviewed many jap military veterans, either in Sumatra and Japan, who had participated within the career of Sumatra and its aftermath.
one in every 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 regularly to Dr. Fusayama’s dramatization of the motion through placing into direct speech his stories of the final tenor of his conversations with a few of the significant protagonists. As he notes in his Preface, he recorded his memories instantly after his repatriation to Japan, and it really is obtrusive that his rendition of the occasions he witnessed are precise to his perceptions on the time. Dr. Fusayama has no longer replaced the names of the most important historic actors concerned, and, as he reassured us:

“In fact fictional names have been used o­nly for Jusuf and his lover, Merry. Jusuf used to be killed within the conflict yet his family members are alive. Merry can also be alive someplace in Holland. when you consider that Jusuf was once suspected to be similar with enemy, i don't wish to embarrass them by means of disclosing the true names. This hiding won't impact the heritage 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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