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JG Ballard & the Secrets of the Empire's Bunker

Author: • Sep 18th, 2005 •

Category: Ballardosphere, non-fiction, WWII

JG Ballard applauds Alexander Sokurov’s remarkable film portrait of Hirohito, from the Guardian, 13/9/2005

"Should the war against Japan ever have taken place? The surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 brought a devastating response from the United States, and turned the European war into a world-wide conflict. Sixty years after Japan capitulated, the old soldiers have marched past the Cenotaph, still proud and spry, but probably for the last time. Few of them, sadly, will parade on the 70th anniversary, though arguments about the end of the Pacific war, and whether it was right to drop the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, will go on without them."

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