Notes: "Biographical sketches of John Aiso, Hiroshi Miyamura, Ben Kuroki, and Mike Masaoka; interviews with Fujioka Shiro and Mike Masaoka; and profiles of 300-odd Issei and Nisei. Includes brief essays on the exclusion movement, internment, and the second generation."—A Buried Past, 633.1.
The subjects of the book are the highest ranking Japanese American officer during World War Two and the first Nisei judge in the contiguous 48 states (Aiso); a Congressional Medal of Honor winner during the Korean War (Miyamura); the only Nisei combat fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater during World War Two (Kuroki); and the first volunteer for the all-Japanese 442nd Regimental Combat Team and a representive of the Japanese American Citizens League in negotiations over internment with the federal government (Masaoka).
A letter from Vice President Richard Nixon reproduced in facsimile at the front along with an introduction in English by the author encouraging a reevaluation of anti-American sentiment among the Japanese and Japanese-Americans. The cover image, of two babies appearing to fight, suggests the author's view of the conflict between Japan and the United States, likening it to toddlers throwing tantrums.
Tomimoto was a journalist in the US during the first quarter of the 20th century;. He returned to Japan about 1930, and after the Second World War, he wrote several books on the Japanese American experience.
[4 leaves of plates], xxvii, 297, [21 ads] pages.
OCLC: 23298944 (Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Utah); 673933595 (Japan)
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). A very good copy in illustrated boards; the book was also issued in wrappers. Probably lacking a publisher's box.
Publication: Tokyo: Kokusai Heiwa Sangyokai, 1954 (Showa 29).
Item No: #362530