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By Takao Fusayama

Dr. Takao Fusayama’s memoir used to be first delivered to our cognizance by means of Louis Allen, the well known English historian of global battle 2 and writer of the vintage account of the Allied victory within the Pacific, finish of the battle in Asia. Dr. Fusayama, an eminent professor of dentistry in Tokyo, in his seek to acquire a duplicate of Allen’s ebook, then out of print, spent a few days with Louis Allen at his domestic in Durham within the northeast of britain, approximately 4 years in the past. Fusayama stated his stories as a signs officer within the Japan’s Imperial safeguard 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 involved with the Indonesian struggle of independence, and, as Allen wrote: “All this he has now not o­nly written up in eastern, yet he’s produced a typescript, approximately 50,000 phrases, I reckon, o­n this era of the quit and a number of the modus vivendi he and the opposite eastern needed to contrive with the intention to stroll the tightrope among obeying the quit orders to us and protecting the friendship of the locals whom they’d, of their view, liberated from the Dutch. It’s an engaging record o­n this era, and he's an clever observer.” during the solid places of work of Dr. Peter Carey at Oxford, Louis Allen ultimately submitted Dr. Fusayama’s memoir to Cornell smooth Indonesia venture, supplying to write down an creation for it. unfortunately, Allen died in December 1991, lengthy earlier than we have been in a position to organize Dr. Fusayama’s memoir for English book. as an alternative, Dr. Saya Shiraishi, who's presently instructing at Cornell, has supplied us with an engaging advent from a historic standpoint, throwing mild o­n the significance of this memoir for an total view of this era within the historical past of Japan and Indonesia. Dr. Shiraishi has herself researched and written o­n the japanese career of Sumatra, and through the Nineteen Seventies she interviewed many eastern military veterans, either in Sumatra and Japan, who had participated within the profession of Sumatra and its aftermath.
considered one of our leader reservations in publishing the memoir lay within the author’s description of it as a “documentary novel,” yet we came upon that the “fictions” within the narrative relate typically to Dr. Fusayama’s dramatization of the motion via placing into direct speech his thoughts of the overall tenor of his conversations with many of the significant protagonists. As he notes in his Preface, he recorded his memories instantly after his repatriation to Japan, and it truly is obvious that his rendition of the occasions he witnessed are real to his perceptions on the time. Dr. Fusayama has no longer replaced the names of the main old actors concerned, and, as he reassured us:

“In fact fictional names have been used o­nly for Jusuf and his lover, Merry. Jusuf was once killed within the warfare yet his family members are alive. Merry is usually alive someplace in Holland. on the grounds that Jusuf used to be suspected to be similar with enemy, i don't wish to embarrass them by means of disclosing the genuine names. This hiding won't impact the historical past simply because they didn't play any major role.”

Dr. Fusayama’s memoir bargains an strange and illuminating account of this era in Sumatra’s history.

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