JAPAN: Way of a Rebel

Shigeki Sakimura was one of the submerged, and now forgotten, intellectuals of Japan. As a student he explored the social sciences, brooded over his country's oligarchic economy, dallied with Marxism. At 30, the hardworking, high-strung scholar became a full professor. Two years later, in 1941, his Government sent him to Berlin as Embassy attaché, to study German heavy industry.

Slight, bespectacled Professor Sakimura poked around the Reich, peered critically into factories pumping out iron, steel, light metals, chemicals and other vitals of war. He took time off from research to marry a...

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