My Father's Dying Wish: Legacies of War Guilt in a Japanese Family

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What do you tell the victims of your own aggression and your children when you have participated in your nation's war atrocities? Yukichi Osawa silently pondered the issue for four decades after returning from service as a Kempei (military policeman) in Manchuria, concealing his thoughts even from his immediate family. His written request to his daughter Ayako Kurahashi to carve on his tombstone his apology to the Chinese people touched off a firestorm within the family. It transformed the life of Ayako and other family members as she fought not only to inscribe his will but also to carry his message of apology to the villagers of Manchuria where he had served. The issues, brought to life so poignantly in My Father's Dying Wish, are not just ones for Japanese (or Germans) to struggle with. Directly or indirectly, this book raises questions for citizens of all nations that have fought (and continue to fight) wars abroad, above all Americans. --Professor Mark Selden, Cornell University

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Ayako Kurahashi is a former schoolteacher and freelance writer. As well as the autobiographical My Father's Dying Wish, she has written numerous works of fiction that consider the nature of Japanese war responsibility. She lives in Saitama, just north of Tokyo.

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A fascinating and thought provoking account of the continued impact of Japan's invasion of China during World War Two. It offers a rare insight into attempts of one former Japanese soldier and his family to come to terms with, and atone for, the events of the war. It is beautifully translated, and deserves to be read widely. --Dr. Caroline Rose, University of Leeds, UK

In the last decade Ayako Kurahashi has travelled around China to uncover her father's role there during the war as a military policeman in the Japanese army. She describes with great sensitivity what she found. Her journey attests to the terrifying realities of Japan and China's recent past. This book is an exemplary demonstration of the way in which personal accounts can shed light upon broader historical processes. --Professor Takao Matsumura, Keio University, Japan

In the last decade Ayako Kurahashi has travelled around China to uncover her father's role there during the war as a military policeman in the Japanese army. She describes with great sensitivity what she found. her journey attests to the terrifying realities of Japan and China's recent past. This book is an exemplary demonstration off the way in which personal accounts can shed light upon broader historical processes. --Professor Takao Matsumura, Keio University, Japan

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