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When the Emperor Hirohito died in 1989, Japanese newspapers could not call his death a death, nor could they refer to him by his proper name. To do so would have exposed them to terrorism from the vigilante right wing. But this insightful book by a Japanese-American scholar reveals the hidden fault lines in the realm of the dying emperor.
"Remarkable...a vivid, taut, graceful piece of writing...with enormous power."— James Fallows, The Atlantic
"Marvelous...Field uncovers a Japan rarely seen or acknowledged by Westerners, a Japan of individual expression, active dissent — even open rebellion."— Village Voice Literary Supplement
"Superb...one of the most important books...on Japanese who refuse to conform." — Ian Buruma, The New York Review of Books