Murray Sayle is an Australian journalist long based in Japan. His book The Myth of Hiroshima, on the end of World War II, will be published next year. (December 1997)


Sugihara’s List

In Search of Sugihara

by Hillel Levine
For our appalling century, the scene outside the Japanese consulate in a leafy suburb of Kaunas, the capital of Lithuania, in the early weeks of August 1940, was not an unusual one. Pressed against the consulate’s iron-barred gates, a line of refugees two hundred yards long wound round the block.

KE007 A Conspiracy of Circumstance

Black Box: KAL 007 and the Superpowers

by Alexander Dallin

KAL Flight 007: The Hidden Story

by Oliver Clubb
Shortly before dawn on September 1, 1983, a Boeing 747 Flight KE007 of Korean Air Lines was shot down over Sakhalin Island in the Soviet Far East by an SU-15 fighter of the Soviet Air Force, with the loss of all 269 passengers and crew on board. The incident set …

Japan Victorious

Behind the Mask: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters and Other Japanese Cultural Heroes

by Ian Buruma

Japan in the Passing Lane: An Insider's Account of Life in A Japanese Auto Factory

by Satoshi Kamata, translated and edited by Tatsuru Akimoto, introduction by Ronald Dore
By the time the last car and calculator, machine tool and videotape recorder are totted up, Japan’s trade surplus with the United States for 1984 is going to be close to $36 billion, nearly double that of 1983 and the biggest ever recorded, anywhere. Americans are voting with their credit …