By Yeeshan Chan

This booklet relates the stories of the zanryu-hojin - the japanese civilians, more often than not ladies and youngsters, who have been deserted in Manchuria after the tip of the second one international battle while Japan’s puppet kingdom in Manchuria ended, and while such a lot eastern who has been dependent there again to Japan. Many zanryu-hojin survived in chinese language peasant households, frequently as better halves or followed young ones; the chinese language executive envisioned that there have been round 13,000 survivors in 1959, on the time while over 30,000 "missing" humans have been deleted from jap kinfolk registers as" struggle dead". on account that 1972 the zanryu-hojin were steadily repatriated to Japan, usually in addition to a number of generations in their prolonged chinese language households, the crowd in Japan now numbering round 100,000 humans. in addition to outlining the zanryu-hojin’s reviews, the booklet explores the comparable problems with warfare thoughts and struggle guilt which resurfaced in the course of the Eighties, the more moderen court docket case introduced by way of zanryu-hojin opposed to the japanese executive within which they accuse the japanese govt of forsaking them, and the influence at the cities in northeast China from which the zanryu-hojin have been repatriated and which now gain highly from out of the country remittances from their former citizens. total, the publication deepens our knowing of eastern society and its anti-war social pursuits, along with delivering vibrant and vibrant sketches of people’ worldviews, motivations, behaviours, options and problems.

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3 There were four kaitakudan units nearby but none of them had a radio. Colonial villagers only learned of Japan’s defeat when they saw refugees who passed through Fangzheng as they fled. They joined the refugees to seek opportunities to repatriate in Harbin. However, these large crowds of Japanese were forced back to Fangzheng by the Soviet troops. It is estimated that over 20,000 Japanese refugees were kept in Fangzheng. Most of them were accommodated in so-called refugee camps consisting of the likes of cattle sheds or caves.

I insist on using the word “Manchuria” as a way to protest against such threatening nationalism and its possible reoccurrence. This ex-colonial place name refers to an undeniable historical reality. 12 Approaches to the study of zanryū-hōjin The biggest contribution that I can make to the study of zanryū-hōjin is to measure how they have been located within rural Chinese society, how they have dealt with qiaoxiang in present as an opportunity for negotiating power, and thus how these Chinese relations have transformed their lives in Japan.

Significantly, Ward (2006a) argues that the acceptance of nikkeijin as less Japanese results from the implication that they did not return from Japan’s former colonies, which had once been included within the boundaries of Japan; the acceptance of zanryū-hōjin from Manchuria as the “war-displaced-Japanese” suggests that the former colonies may remain within a boundary of “imagined community” in contemporary Japan. While nikkeijin retain their identity as nikkeijin in Japan, Zanryū-hōjin within the flow of historical change 31 zanryū-fujin and zanryū-koji together with their spouses and offspring’s extended families all want to be kikokusha.

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