86231President Obama visited Japan, reawakening old debates. Jay’s guest is superbly positioned to comment. He is Christopher Szpilman, a historian of modern Japan, who teaches in Japan. He is a particular expert on the Japanese Right. He is also the son of a famous memoirist: Wladyslaw, who wrote The Pianist. It was made into a movie in 2002. With his guest, Jay discusses this, too.

 

 

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There are 2 comments.

  1. mildlyo Member

    I attended elementary and high schools in California in the age when Manzanar was mentioned often and Nanking very seldom. The transformation of the Japanese nation from an empire to a democracy is one of the highest achievements of the United States. I hope this is never forgotten.

    The mention of the end of the war stalling the Russian invasion of Japan was interesting. I had never heard that part of WWII until the last year or so. It was never taught in American history classes. I wonder why not?

    A good interview.

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    • June 6, 2016, at 1:35 PM PDT
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  2. jzdro Member

    Dziękuję bardzo, Pan Szpilman.

    May I ask: who was the man detailed by the United States government after the surrender to draw up for Japan a new constitution?

    I recall reading some years ago about this man and his task – his well-performed and vital task – but cannot now find references to him. Any hints or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    • June 7, 2016, at 4:39 PM PDT
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