Books: Terra Incognita

THE RISING SUN: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE JAPANESE EMPIRE, 1936-1945 by John Toland. 954 pages. Random House. $12.95.

THE EMERGING JAPANESE SUPERSTATE: CHALLENGE AND RESPONSE by Herman Kahn. 274 pages. Prentice-Hall. $7.95.

Though the U.S. helped open the country to trade in the 19th century and eventually occupied it after a grueling 20th century war, the land of the Rising Sun until lately has largely been terra incognita to Americans. Now historical revisionism, the astounding economic resurgence of the Japanese, and concern for the balance of power in the Far East are combining to change that. The most massive and popular...

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