The Prestigious Asahi Shimbun Reviews United States of Japan

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Asahi Shimbun is one of the biggest newspapers in Japan (6.5 million subscribers) and did an amazing review of United States of Japan. When I was doing research for the book, I actually read accounts from some of the Asahi journalists who covered WWII so this was a pretty awesome circle to be informed by their stories and then decades later, to be reviewed in the newspaper on Christmas Day (I just got my physical copy in the mail which was great to be able to hold!)

And from the review:

書き写してわかる。これが『USJ』の肉感だと。尊厳、殺傷にかかわる哲学的箴言(しんげん)が数多くちりばめられ、各所が痛む。同時に、東洋的キッチュや巨大ロボットが満艦飾になるユーモアも滲(にじ)む。興奮のハイブリッド(混血)小説だ。

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