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By Takao Fusayama

Dr. Takao Fusayama’s memoir used to be first dropped at our consciousness via Louis Allen, the well known English historian of worldwide 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 procure a duplicate of Allen’s booklet, 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 indications officer within the Japan’s Imperial defend 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 hand over greater than 40 years previous. whereas in Sumatra Fusayama had get involved with the Indonesian conflict of independence, and, as Allen wrote: “All this he has now not o­nly written up in jap, yet he’s produced a typescript, approximately 50,000 phrases, I reckon, o­n this era of the hand over and many of the modus vivendi he and the opposite eastern needed to contrive so as to stroll the tightrope among obeying the hand over orders to us and retaining the friendship of the locals whom they’d, of their view, liberated from the Dutch. It’s an attractive rfile o­n this era, and he's an clever observer.” throughout the reliable workplaces of Dr. Peter Carey at Oxford, Louis Allen ultimately submitted Dr. Fusayama’s memoir to Cornell sleek Indonesia undertaking, supplying to jot down an advent for it. unfortunately, Allen died in December 1991, lengthy sooner than we have been in a position to arrange Dr. Fusayama’s memoir for English booklet. in its place, Dr. Saya Shiraishi, who's at present instructing at Cornell, has supplied us with a fascinating creation from a ancient viewpoint, throwing mild o­n the significance of this memoir for an total view of this era within the heritage of Japan and Indonesia. Dr. Shiraishi has herself researched and written o­n the japanese profession of Sumatra, and through the Nineteen Seventies she interviewed many jap military veterans, either in Sumatra and Japan, who had participated within the profession of Sumatra and its aftermath.
one in every 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 usually to Dr. Fusayama’s dramatization of the motion by means of placing into direct speech his thoughts of the final tenor of his conversations with the various significant protagonists. As he notes in his Preface, he recorded his memories instantly after his repatriation to Japan, and it's obvious that his rendition of the occasions he witnessed are precise to his perceptions on the time. Dr. Fusayama has no longer replaced the names of the foremost ancient actors concerned, and, as he reassured us:

“In fact fictional names have been used o­nly for Jusuf and his lover, Merry. Jusuf used to be killed within the battle yet his family are alive. Merry is additionally alive someplace in Holland. in view that Jusuf was once suspected to be similar with enemy, i don't wish to embarrass them via disclosing the true names. This hiding won't have an effect on the background 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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