Showa: A History of Japan #[1] - 1926-1939
(2013)

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A barcode is present, but no barcode number. Preserving the Japanese format, this book is read right to left.
Keywords
Japan; Manga

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Shigeru Mizuki
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Japanese soldiers

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Japanese soldiers

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Showa: A History of Japan 1926-1939

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Title page, front matter, list of available books

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Shigeru Misuki's Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan

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Introduction

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Prologue (Table of Contents: 6)

comic story / 14 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
Characters
Naoharu Kataoka; businessmen; earthquake sufferers
Synopsis
A catastrophic earthquake is followed by business and financial catastrophes. As one consequence many small banks go out of business, or merge with larger ones.
Keywords
Bank; earthquake; Japan

Lost (Table of Contents: 7)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Shigeru Mizuki; NonNonBa; Shigeru's father
Synopsis
As a small child Shigeru is devoted to NonNonBa, a grandmother figure in his life. He loves eating and wandering, while his father loves theater, modernity, and reading to the children.
Keywords
Grandmother; Japan

The First Radios (Table of Contents: 8)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
Characters
Labor union members; radio audience; book buyers; Ryunosuke Akutagawa; Hideyo Noguchi; Kanzo Uchimura
Synopsis
Japanese people embrace modern innovations, but the government cracks down as leading thinkers and writers pass from the scene.
Keywords
Radio; suicide

The First Time I Ate Sazae (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 14 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Shigeru Mizuki; Nonnonba
Synopsis
Nonnonba takes Shigeru on a visit to her family in the mountains.
Keywords
Grandmother; Japan

Father's Incident (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 14 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Shigeru Mizuki; Shigeru's father; Shigeru's mother
Synopsis
Shigeru's father is fired from his job at a bank. Since he's always liked plays and movies, he decides to open a theater. Despite his utter lack of experience, it's an immediate hit.
Keywords
Bank robbery; movies

Public Security (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 14 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Giichi Tanaka; businessmen; Japanese voters; Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]
Synopsis
Despite the promise of elections the government cracks down hard on dissent, and begins a new invasion of China.
Keywords
Election; Japan

The Huanggutun Incident (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
Characters
Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Japanese businessmen; Chinese civilians; Zhang Xueliang; Giichi Tanaka
Synopsis
Despite various attempts at propaganda and disinformation, no one really believes Japan's excuses for invading China, and Chinese resistance stiffens.
Keywords
China; Japan; Manchuria

The Gang (Table of Contents: 13)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Shigeru Mizuki; Boy General [Masayan]; Gorzun; Mitsu; Musa; Kuma; Shigeru's father
Synopsis
While Shigeru struggles to gain acceptance from the older neighborhood boys, Shigeru's father seems to be doing well with his movie theater. Then someone steals the projector.
Keywords
Japan; movies

Father Goes to Osaka (Table of Contents: 14)

comic story / 16 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Shigeru Mizuki; Shigeru's father; Shigeru's mother; schoolchildren; teacher; principal; NonNonBa
Synopsis
Desperate, Shigeru's father moves to Osaka in hopes of finding work or business. Shigeru fights his way to acceptance from other students, but is often late for school and bossy with teachers.
Keywords
Elementary school; Japan

The Showa Great Depression (Table of Contents: 15)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
Characters
Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Mikio Oda; Wall Street brokers
Synopsis
Economic collapse in America leads to the Great Depression around the world. In Japan, zaibatsu gain control of the economy.
Keywords
Great Depression; Japan; Wall Street; Zeppelin

Blood and Gold (Table of Contents: 16)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Genre
non-fiction; biography
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Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Shigeru Mizuki; Tatsuji Mura (Shigeru's grandfather); Hikoichi; Shigeru's father; League of Blood
Synopsis
The Great Depression makes matters worse for Japanese, and for Shigeru's family in particular. Right-wing terrorists murder the finance minister and a zaibatsu director.
Keywords
Assassination; gold; Great Depression; Japan; terrorism; terrorist; zaibatsu

The London Naval Treaty (Table of Contents: 17)

comic story / 22 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
Characters
Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Shigeru Mizuki; diplomats; Japanese citizens; right-wing terrorists; Osachi Hamaguchi; Tomeo Sagoya; Hikochi; Shigeru's father; unemployed workers
Synopsis
Right-wing opponents are enraged when the government joins other nations in limiting naval strength. A terrorist tries to murder the prime minister, but he narrowly survives.
Keywords
Assassination; cemetery; graveyard; Japan; navy; terrorism; terrorist

Chimney Man (Table of Contents: 18)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Shigeru Mizuki; NonNonBa; Betobeto-san; striking workers; "Chimney Man"; Hujibo Kawasaki executives; Yutaka; Yutaka's father; Shigeru's classmates
Synopsis
When workers go on strike, one man perches atop a tall factory chimney and shouts demands. Executives give in rather than allow the Emperor to see such a sight on his visit to the area. Shigeru, NonNonBa, and many of Shigeru's classmates have scarcely any food. A small neighbor boy is sent to sea as a cook, and is killed in a storm.
Keywords
Child abuse; child labor; famine; Great Depression; Japan; Yokai

The Farmer's Tragedy (Table of Contents: 19)

comic story / 16 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
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Tohoku farmers; Kosaburo Tachibana; Seikyo Gondo
Synopsis
Farm prices collapse, leaving farmers to starve. Right-wing military, business and political leaders use the tragedy to incite fascism, and begin Japan's long war.
Keywords
Famine; farmer; farming; fascism; Great Depression; Japan; prostitute; prostitution

The Great Kids' War (Table of Contents: 20)

comic story / 28 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; biography
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Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Shigeru Mizuki; Nekoyasu; Takeyasu gang; Esaki gang; Gege; Masu; Boy General
Synopsis
Echoing Japan's enthusiasm for soldiers, gangs of boys fight ongoing violent battles with severe injuries.
Keywords
Japan

The Mukden Incident (Table of Contents: 21)

comic story / 16 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
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Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Shintaro Nakamura; Seishiro Itagaki; Kanji Ishiwara; Chinese soldiers; Japanese soldiers
Synopsis
Fearing cutbacks in military spending, army officers begin an invasion of Manchuria, correctly expecting that the civilian government will feel compelled to support it.
Keywords
China; Japan; Manchuria

The Great Debate (Table of Contents: 22)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
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Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Toshihiro Obata; Tetsuzan Nogata
Synopsis
After fierce debate, the army general staff decides to pursue and enlarge the war in China, hoping to gain resources for a later conflict with Russia.
Keywords
Army; Japan

The Death of NonNonBa (Table of Contents: 23)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; biography
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NonNonBa; Shigeru Mizuki; Shigeru's brothers; Japanese soldiers; Korean Communists; Manchurian farmers
Synopsis
During the period of NonNonBa's death, war explodes among Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, and Manchurians.
Keywords
China; Japan; Korea; Manchuria

The Wanpaoshan Incident (Table of Contents: 24)

comic story / 14 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
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Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Korean farmers; Chinese farmers; Japanese soldiers; Jiro Tamon; Zhang Xueliang
Synopsis
Desperate from a water shortage, Korean and Chinese farmers attack each other. Japan takes advantage of the conflict to conquer more of Manchuria.
Keywords
China; farmer; farming; Japan; Korea; Manchuria

Hidarugami (Table of Contents: 25)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; biography
Characters
Shigeru Mizuki; Nekoyasu; hidarugami
Synopsis
Shigeru wanders through life at his own pace, usually enjoying himself but always late for school.
Keywords
Ghost; Japan

The Shanghai Incident (Table of Contents: 26)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
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Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Seishiro Itagaki; Yoshiko Kawashima [Jin Bihui]; Emperor Puyi [Pu-Yi]; Ryukichi Tanaka; the Human Bullets [Susumu Kitagawa; Takeji Eshita; Inosuke Sakue]
Synopsis
The Japanese government loses control of its army. The Japanese army provokes trouble in Shanghai and then attacks China, distracting attention from its creation of a puppet state in Manchuria.
Keywords
China; Japan; Manchuria; Shanghai

The Southern Islands (Table of Contents: 27)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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non-fiction; biography
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Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Shigeru Mizuki; Shigeru's father; Shigeru's grandfather; Hikoichi; Shigeru's brother; Norakuro (cameo)
Synopsis
Shigeru's grandfather does well in Indonesia, even as Shigeru's father and uncle are going broke in Japan.
Keywords
Indonesia; Japan; Java

The Foundation of Manchukuo (Table of Contents: 28)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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non-fiction; history
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Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Kanji Ishiwara; Kenji Doihara; Emperor Puyi [Pu-Yi]; Japanese civilians; Shigeru Mizuki; Shigeru's father; Shigeru's great-uncle; Shumei Okawa
Synopsis
Kwantung Army officers make Manchuria a colony in the form of a puppet state called Manchukuo. Many civilians and business people are disgusted at the right wing's ascendency, but feel helpless to stop it.
Keywords
China; Japan; Manchuria

The Bath (Table of Contents: 29)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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non-fiction; biography
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Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Shigeru Mizuki; Tsuyoshi Inukai; Japanese naval officers
Synopsis
Young Shigeru panics when trapped in a bath. Right-wing officers, embodying Japan's fanatical and impulsive condition, assassinate the prime minister.
Keywords
Assassination; Japan

Mount Mihara (Table of Contents: 30)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
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Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Goro Chosho; Yaeko Yuyama; Mr. Betto; Shigeru's mother
Synopsis
Japan becomes caught up in numerous crazes and mass hysteria.
Keywords
Japan; suicide

Withdrawal (Table of Contents: 31)

comic story / 24 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
Characters
Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Earl of Lytton; Japanese civilians; Yosuke Matsuoka; Adolf Hitler; bank robbers; Japanese Communists; Yutaka Miyazawa; Yukitoki Takigawa; Muneki Minoda; Ichihiro Hatoyama; Shigenau Koinishi; Mineki Minoda; Tatsukichi Minobe; Takikio Mizuone; Tetsuzan Nagata; Saburo Aiuzawa; Shigeru's father
Synopsis
Murdering and abusing liberals, leftists, academics, and even each other, right-wingers control Japanese government, thought, and social life.
Keywords
Assassination; Communism; Japan

The February 26 Incident (Table of Contents: 32)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
Characters
Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Kodoha Faction soldiers; Mitsugi Nishida; Shigeru Mizuki; His Imperial Majesty the Showa Emperor Hirohito; Sada Abe
Synopsis
Right-wing officers and men attempt to seize control of the government in a coup d'├ętat -- Shigeru's mother is sympathetic, for she knows one of the conspirators. The emperor and other military leaders put down the coup. Shigeru begins to win acclaim for his art, but the nation continues to be enthralled by sensational though meaningless events.
Keywords
Army; artist; emperor; Japan

United Front (Table of Contents: 33)

comic story / 26 pages (report information)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
Characters
Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Chiang Kai-Shek; Zhang Xueliang; Zhou Enlai; Shigeru Mizuki; Shigeru's father; Shigeru's mother; Shigeru's bosses; Shigeru's teacher; Japanese soldiers; Chinese soldiers; Mongolian soldiers
Synopsis
When fighting breaks out in Beijing, Japan steps up its attacks on China, initiating the Second Sino-Japanese War. Warring Chinese forces unhappily form a united front against Japan. Shigeru tries various jobs and schools, utterly without success.
Keywords
China; Japan; Second Sino-Japanese War

Entering Nanjing (Table of Contents: 34)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
Characters
Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Yoshiko Okada; Ryokichi Sugimoto; Shigeru Mizuki; Shigeru's mother; teachers; Chinese soldiers; Japanese soldiers
Synopsis
As the war grinds on, the Japanese people suffer greater privation, even as government organs trumpet their patriotism in doing so. The right wing exerts more control over society, and puts down other modes of thought. Japan's soldiers commit unspeakable atrocities in China, and Shigeru continues to drift aimlessly.
Keywords
China; Japan; Nanjing; Nanking; Rape of Nanking; Second Sino-Japanese War

Our Own Mistake (Table of Contents: 35)

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Shigeru Mizuki; Zack Davisson (translator)
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Shigeru Mizuki
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Genre
non-fiction; history
Characters
Narrator [Nezumi Otoko; Rat Man]; Shigeru Mizuki; Shigeru's father; Japanese soldiers; Russian soldiers; Georgy Zhukov; Hideki Tojo
Synopsis
While Shigeru drifts, the Japanese army in Manchuria and Mongolia is suckered into a border war with Russia, and is badly defeated. An armistice allows Russia to jump into fighting in Europe, seizing half of Poland, while Japan continues to batter China unmolested. The Second World War gets under way as Tojo comes to power in Japan.
Keywords
Army; Japan; Russia; tank; U.S.S.R.; Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; USSR

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What exactly is the Showa period?

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Afterword

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This book is presented in the traditional Japanese manner and is meant to be read from right to left.

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. ["Showa: A History of Japan 1926-1939"]
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
  5. 4. ["Shigeru Misuki's Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan"]
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
  7. 6. Prologue
  8. 7. Lost
  9. 8. The First Radios
  10. 9. The First Time I Ate Sazae
  11. 10. Father's Incident
  12. 11. Public Security
  13. 12. The Huanggutun Incident
  14. 13. The Gang
  15. 14. Father Goes to Osaka
  16. 15. The Showa Great Depression
  17. 16. Blood and Gold
  18. 17. The London Naval Treaty
  19. 18. Chimney Man
  20. 19. The Farmer's Tragedy
  21. 20. The Great Kids' War
  22. 21. The Mukden Incident
  23. 22. The Great Debate
  24. 23. The Death of NonNonBa
  25. 24. The Wanpaoshan Incident
  26. 25. Hidarugami
  27. 26. The Shanghai Incident
  28. 27. The Southern Islands
  29. 28. The Foundation of Manchukuo
  30. 29. The Bath
  31. 30. Mount Mihara
  32. 31. Withdrawal
  33. 32. The February 26 Incident
  34. 33. United Front
  35. 34. Entering Nanjing
  36. 35. Our Own Mistake
  37. 36. [no title indexed]
  38. 37. ["What exactly is the Showa period?"]
  39. 38. [no title indexed]
  40. 39. Notes
  41. 40. [no title indexed]
  42. 41. Relevant Facts
  43. 42. ["This book is presented in the traditional Japanese manner and is meant to be read from right to left."]
  44. 43. [no title indexed]
  45. 44. [no title indexed]
  46. 45. ["A fascinating period in Japanese history explored by a master of manga."]
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