JAPAN FIGHTS FOR ASIA by John Goette

JAPAN FIGHTS FOR ASIA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Goette was the International News Service man assigned to the Japanese Army for five years, so this is the other side of the slate in a version of Japan at war, for the most part against China, which contributes further detail on Japanese aggression in her dream of empire, but which is not significant in its contribution to deepened knowledge of the enemy we deal with. The Japanese soldier, frugal, determined, deferred to by the nation; the army in action, from an incident long ago at Marco Polo Bridge in Wanping; navy, air force, all underestimated by the outside world. Then the Chinese army, which has courage but lacks coordination of language, supplies, equipment. The Japanese in China -- their puppet regimes -- their appropriation of industry -- their propaganda -- the living conditions in wartime, increased birth rate, lowered standard of living, curtailment of entertainment; and lastly, the Axis as their ally, and their mistrust of them. Impersonal account, based on first hand knowledge and observation.

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace