Recollections of Japan and the Pacific War


Recollections of Japan and the Pacific War
by The Yomiuri Shimbun

Translated by June Kushida

Many of the men and women who lived during World War II have passed, and with their passing we have lost so many memories of events and of daily lives. The War created the modern world, helping shape diverse facets of society and culture in many nations, but the hard lessons learned by survivors about the horrors of war grow increasingly distant.

Released in Japan on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, this book brings together numerous first-hand recollections of exactly what happened in the war, and how it happened. The Yomiuri Shimbun, one of the leading dailies in Japan and one of the largest newspapers in the world, interviewed dozens of people who were there when history was made.

This is not fiction.
Like the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, however, it is essential to any true understanding of war and its effects on a nation: soldier, civilian, and society itself.

Includes a new introduction by Prof. Aaron Moore, Handa Chair of Japanese-Chinese Relations at the University of Edinburgh

The Japanese-language source consists of five parts in all, covering the development of modern Japan from World War II to the present. This volume includes the first two parts.


  • Pages: Pending
  • Trade paperback 5" x 8" (127mm x 203mm)
  • ISBN: Softcover 978-4-902075-87-8
    Ebook 978-4-902075-88-5
  • Kurodahan Press Book No. FG-JP0053
  • List Price: pending
  • Cover: pending

In production

  • Scheduled for publication in mid-2018

About the author

The Yomiuri Shimbun (読売新聞) is a major Japanese daily, and part of Japan's largest media conglomerate: the Yomiuri Group. It is headquartered in Tokyo. Founded in 1874, the newspaper has been credited with having the largest circulation of any in the world, reaching over 14 million at its peak, and remaining over 9 million today. It is printed in both morning and evening editions, each with multiple localized editions.

About the translator

June (Bergstrom) Kushida graduated from Carleton College and has an M.A.T. from Yale University. She studied Japanese at International Christian University in Tokyo and at the University of Washington, earning an M.A. in Comparative Literature. June lives in Tokyo and taught high school English in international schools in Japan and Hong Kong for 30 years. She has translated nonfiction from Japanese to English for The Japan Echo and, more recently, A Reading of the Yoshida Testimony by Kadota Ryūshō.