One in every of Japan's most vital intellectuals, Nambara Shigeru defended Tokyo Imperial collage opposed to its rightist critics and hostile Japan's warfare. His poetic diary (1936–1945), released in simple terms after the warfare, records his profound disaffection. In 1945 Nambara turned president of Tokyo collage and used to be an eloquent and ardent spokesman for educational freedom. between his such a lot amazing speeches are memorials to fallen student-soldiers, which without delay confront Nambara's wartime trouble: what and the way to propose scholars referred to as as much as struggle a warfare he didn't think in. during this first English-language number of his key paintings, historian and translator Richard H. Minear introduces Nambara's profession and considering ahead of providing translations of crucial of Nambara's essays, poems, and speeches. A brave yet lonely voice of sense of right and wrong, Nambara is without doubt one of the few mid-century jap to whom we will flip for suggestion in the course of that darkish interval in international background.

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