Writing Japan's War in New Guinea
Writing Japan's War in New Guinea
The Diary of Tamura Yoshikazu
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Prologue Background The Role of ATIS in Intelligence Gathering Methodology Author's Note Acknowledgements Chapter One - Setting the Scene A Synopsis of Japanese Military History The Emergence of the kokutai: the re-creation of the ancient myth Japan at War Becoming the Emperor's Soldiers The Ultimate Weapon: The Spirit of Yamato Damashii Creating Tragic Heroes Chapter Two - An Extraordinary Diary of an Ordinary Soldier Diary Writing in Japan The Diarist: Tamura Yoshikazu A Soldier Diarist's Journey The Diary of Tamura Yoshikazu The Diary as a Tool of Investigation: Uncovering kokutai Why Does Tamura Write? How Does Tamura Write? What Does Tamura Write? Chapter Three - Priming the Country for War: Imperial Rescripts as Fortifiers of the Kokutai Disseminating Kokutai ideology: Imperial Rescripts From Ritualism to Unconditional Conformism: Enforcing the Kokutai The Rescript to Sublimate: The Kokutai no Hongi Educating in the Kokutai War and the Kokutai Ensuring Soldiers' Compliance: The Senjinkun ('Instructions for the Battlefield') The Kokutai as Dysfunctional Military Family Wholesale acceptance? Chapter Four - Out of Landscape Japan as the Sublime: The Acculturation of Japanese Nature A Hell-hole of a Place The Jungle as Physically Perverse The Jungle as Disorder The Ennui of Endless Rain Chapter Five - The Landscape of Deprivation No Tropical Paradise The Spectre of Starvation Disease, Illness and Utter Fatigue Submitting to Power Communication Breakdown Chapter Six - Creating an Idealized World Diasporic Dilemma Enforced Exile Media Travel in the Homeland Journey across the Asian Continent Letters Chapter Seven - Re-creating an Emotionally Accommodating Landscape Setting it Right Nature: Controller or Controlled Autumn as a Seasonal Anchor Mountains as Redemption The Moon as Traveller The Battlefield as Surreal Landscape Chapter Eight - Death as Man's True Calling The Grand Desire to Die for the Emperor Ego Involvement: Reward for Loyalty Self-motivating to taigi - The Great Obligation to Die The Ocean as Facilitator to a Noble Death Motifs of Death The Already Dead Chapter Nine - Challenges to a Resolve to Die The Useless Rhetoric of the Emancipation of Asia The Tedium, the Terror and the Lowly Role Death as Ignoble Reality A Life Flawed Chapter Ten- Reconciling Death Relinquishing a Sense of Self - jibun ga nai The Torment of Becoming a Man without a Me Accepting Death: The Final Act of Loyalty Epilogue List of Images Glossary of Terms Abbreviations for sources held at the Australian War Memorial (Canberra, ACT) Bibliography Index

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"This publication represents an important contribution to discussions of the Second World War and Japanese military culture during the early mid 20th century. It will be of primary interest not only to scholars of (military) history, but also those working in fields such as archaeology, anthropology, sociology, and political history."
- Ben Raffield, International Journal of Military History and Historiography 40 (2020)

Victoria Eaves-Young

Writing Japan's War in New Guinea

The Diary of Tamura Yoshikazu

Tamura Yoshikazu is destined to die on the alien shores of the New Guinea warzone. Devoid of family contact, perplexed by the unfamiliarity of his environment, deprived of even meagre amenities and faced with the spectre of debilitating illness and starvation, this solitary soldier commenced a diary in the early part of 1943. Employed in the hard labour of building airstrips, he is ground down by tedium, disheartened by the now dysfunctional military hierarchy, consumed by grief at the meaningless deaths of comrades, and stripped of any chance of being involved in an aspect of war that he considers heroic and meaningful. Profoundly unsettled by all that appears to be at odds with the kokutai ideology, Tamura employs strategies through the vehicle of his diary to enable him to remain committed to the pathway of death on behalf of the Emperor.

Victoria Eaves-Young

Victoria Eaves-Young is a University Associate at the University of Tasmania in Hobart, Australia. Victoria was educated at The Australian National University in Canberra, and received her PhD in Japanese Literature from the University of Tasmania. Victoria has spent a number of years teaching in Japan. She has been the recipient of two Japan Study Grants at the National Library of Australia and has undertaken extensive research of captured Japanese Army documents at the Australian War Memorial. Her research focus has been the study of Japanese soldier diaries in the Pacific War.