By Akira Yoshimura
"Japan is in ruins after the second one international struggle. Takuya, a demobilized officer returns to his local village in simple terms to profit that the profession professionals are intensifying their efforts to recognize suspected struggle criminals. Will they study of his involvement within the execution of yankee prisoners over the last days of the struggle? to prevent prosecution, Takuya turns into a fugitive in his personal country." "As he travels on crowded trains via a land of defeat, humiliation, and starvation, he fears that his earlier will meet up with him. And but Takuya doesn't believe like a felony. in the end, he had merely been following orders. Why may still a decent and dutiful guy be prosecuted via the very those who dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, slaughtering numerous blameless civilians?"--BOOK JACKET.
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