Naoki Inose

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is a Japanese journalist, historian, and social critic, and a biographer of literary figures such as Yukio Mishima and Osamu Dazai. Since 2000 he has devoted himself to current affairs, and in June 2007 he was appointed vice governor of Tokyo.Jun Hongo. Japan Times, 20 Sep 2007.

Historical works

Inose's book Showa 16-nen Natsu no Haisen (1983), which may be translated "Defeated in War in the Summer of 1941," describes the Soryokusen Kenkyujo, or the Total War Research Institute. During the International Military Tribunal for the Far East it would be accused of being part of Japan's militaristic machine, but in reality it was a think tank, of which the purpose was to examine dispassionately the consequences of a total war. Its conclusion was that "there will be no way for Japan to win the war because of its clear material inferiority. The war will be drawn out. The Soviet Union will butt in, and Japan will be defeated. Therefore, going to war with the United States must absolutely be avoided."

This book was followed by The Mikado's Portrait (Mikado no shozo, 1987), concerning the development of the image of the Emperor, and the biographies of Mishima, Dazai and Kikuchi Kan: Persona (Perusona, 1995), Picaresque (Pikaresuku, 2000), and The Realm of Heart (Kokoro no okoku, 2004). In 2009, his book "The Century of Black Ships" (Kurofune no seiki,...
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