JAPAN: Demilitarization

In Tokyo the neighbors used to step aside to avoid his arrogant, abusive snarls and vicious manner, but none dared criticize Fifty Bells; he was a soldier trained to fight for the Emperor. "He is the finest shepherd dog in Japan," said Kazuo Akai, Fifty Bells's devoted master. But despite the boast and despite his own arrogant strutting, Fifty Bells never got a chance to show his mettle.

One morning in 1945, shortly before he was to go to the front, Fifty Bells's ears were assailed by the screams of sirens and the drone of enemy bombing planes over Tokyo....

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