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Ghost of War: The Sinking of the Awa Maru and Japanese-American Relations,1945-1995

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Here is the full story of America's greatest error in the submarine war against Japan, which claimed more than two thousand lives, and its effect on Japanese-American relations.

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An examination of the events surrounding the sinking of a Japanese passenger-cargo ship in the last days of WWII and the repercussions that the event caused for the next forty years. Dingman (history, USC) documents the court martial that followed the sinking, the elaborate negotiations between the US, Japanese, and Chinese governments over the Awa maru (she sank in Chinese territorial waters), and the eventual salvaging of the ship.
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Synopsis:

Here for the first time is the full story of America's greatest error in the submarine war against Japan and the effect it has had on Japanese-American relations ever since. On the night of 1 April 1945, the USS Queenfish sank the Awa maru, sending more than two thousand men, women, and children to their deaths. The attack occurred despite the United States's guarantee of safe passage to the ship as a carrier of food and medicine to American and Allied prisoners of war. Washington promised to indemnify Tokyo for destroying the passenger-cargo vessel, yet not one penny was paid to the Japanese after the war, and Americans soon forgot about the tragedy. For the Japanese, however, it became a symbol of their victimization in and recovery from the Pacific war. Fluent in Japanese, Roger Dingman draws on extensive archival sources and interviews in Japan and America to tell why this error occurred, what the U.S. Navy and the two governments did to put the disaster behind them, and how radically different American and Japanese public memories of the Pacific war emerged from it. He shows how competition between American and Japanese would-be salvagers of the ship and the treasure it allegedly carried led to the perpetuation of contradictory and flawed understandings of the war.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-361) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781557501592
Subtitle:
The Sinking of the Awa Maru and Japanese-American Relations,1945-1995
Author:
Dingman, Roger
Publisher:
US Naval Institute Press
Location:
Annapolis, Md. :
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
Military - Naval
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Naval operations, american
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Shipwrecks
Subject:
United States Foreign relations Japan.
Subject:
World War, 19
Copyright:
Series Volume:
FPL 191
Publication Date:
November 1997
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.28x6.27x1.18 in. 1.47 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Here for the first time is the full story of America's greatest error in the submarine war against Japan and the effect it has had on Japanese-American relations ever since. On the night of 1 April 1945, the USS Queenfish sank the Awa maru, sending more than two thousand men, women, and children to their deaths. The attack occurred despite the United States's guarantee of safe passage to the ship as a carrier of food and medicine to American and Allied prisoners of war. Washington promised to indemnify Tokyo for destroying the passenger-cargo vessel, yet not one penny was paid to the Japanese after the war, and Americans soon forgot about the tragedy. For the Japanese, however, it became a symbol of their victimization in and recovery from the Pacific war. Fluent in Japanese, Roger Dingman draws on extensive archival sources and interviews in Japan and America to tell why this error occurred, what the U.S. Navy and the two governments did to put the disaster behind them, and how radically different American and Japanese public memories of the Pacific war emerged from it. He shows how competition between American and Japanese would-be salvagers of the ship and the treasure it allegedly carried led to the perpetuation of contradictory and flawed understandings of the war.
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