Honda Katsuichi: From the Nanjing Massacre to American Global Expansion

From Japan Focus, translated by John Junkerman:

In the course of a forty-five year career, Honda Katsuichi has established himself as one of Japan’s, and the world’s, premier investigative journalists and authors. Hailing from a mountain village in Shinshū (Nagano) and an avid mountain climber throughout his life, Honda’s interests extended from nature and the environment to the politics of colonialism and war, with the Vietnam War as a critical moment in his development. In writing for the Asahi Shimbun and in a series of best-selling books, Honda has addressed the most controversial contemporary and historical issues confronting Japan as well as the United States and others. Most famously, he “broke” the Nanjing Massacre story in Japan thirty-four years after the event with first-hand interview reportage from China. His reportage and his book, Nankin Daigyakusatsu, published in English as The Nanjing Massacre: A Japanese Journalist Confronts Japan’s National Shame inspired a generation of Japanese, Chinese and international researchers who have excavated the Nanjing Massacre. It also touched off fierce polemics in the form of a Nanjing Massacre denial literature.


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