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By Nambara Shigeru, Richard H. Minear

Certainly one of Japan's most crucial intellectuals, Nambara Shigeru defended Tokyo Imperial college opposed to its rightist critics and adverse Japan's conflict. His poetic diary (1936–1945), released merely after the battle, files his profound disaffection. In 1945 Nambara turned president of Tokyo college and used to be an eloquent and ardent spokesman for educational freedom. between his such a lot notable speeches are memorials to fallen student-soldiers, which at once confront Nambara's wartime predicament: what and the way to suggest scholars referred to as as much as struggle a battle he didn't think in. during this first English-language selection of his key paintings, historian and translator Richard H. Minear introduces Nambara's profession and pondering ahead of providing translations of crucial of Nambara's essays, poems, and speeches. A brave yet lonely voice of sense of right and wrong, Nambara is without doubt one of the few mid-century eastern to whom we will be able to flip for thought in the course of that darkish interval in international heritage.

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And tr. Richard H. Minear (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). Nambara Shigeru as student at Tokyo Imperial University, 1912, wearing a black armband to mourn the death of Emperor Meiji. Nambara Shigeru, Waga ayumishi michi—furusato ni kataru [Kagawa, 1996]; used with permission. Nambara in Berlin, 1922. Nambara, Waga ayumishi michi; used with permission. Nambara (standing, center) with seminar students, early 1937; second from left in back row is Maruyama Masao. Nambara Shigeru chosakushū 6; used with permission.

Nambara Shigeru, Waga ayumishi michi: furusato ni kataru (Kagawa: Daichū sankōkai, 2004), 545-6. 35. “Community of fate” (in German, Schicksalsgemeinschaft) was an often-used phrase in 1930s Japan. ╇ Maruyama Masao, “Nambara Sensei o shi to shite,” Maruyama Masao shū 10:192-5. 37. , “Nambara Shigeru sensei no shūsen kōsaku,” in Kaisō no Nambara Shigeru, 208-13. , Taiheiyō sensō shūketsuron (Tokyo daigaku shuppankai, 1958), 133-6. Mukōyama gives this background: When Mukōyama approached Nambara for information, Nambara refused to discuss the matter at all.

Quoted in Fukuda, “Nambara Shigeru,” 294. While president he said: “Studying is the hardest. ” In remarks at a publication party for his book on Fichte, he said: “This year I’m finally tasting the pleasures of scholarship. If you ask me how long this pleasure and spiritual activity, such as it is, will last, I feel they’ll go on forever. ” Fukuda, “Nambara Shigeru,” 320. ╇ Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Addresses to the German Nation, ed. George A. Kelly (tr. R. F. Jones and G. H. Turnbull [1922]; New York: Harper Torchbooks, 1968), xvi, viii.

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