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Diaries Tell Story of Japan's War at Home

Samuel Yamashita's book translates the wartime diaries of eight ordinary Japanese citizens.
Samuel Yamashita's book translates the wartime diaries of eight ordinary Japanese citizens.

Relatively little attention has been paid to the diaries of ordinary Japanese people during World War II. Samuel Hideo Yamashita, a historian of modern Japan at Pomona College, tells Scott Simon about his book, Leaves from an Autumn of Emergencies. It translates the diaries of eight people who endured the war.

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