Books: Made in Japan

THE MOUNTAINS REMAIN (408 pp.)—Manama Tasaki — Houghfon M/tW/n ($3.75).

In Japan, 38-year-old Hanama Tasaki runs a ham and bacon business by day, a nightclub after sundown. He also writes novels. Hawaiian-born, U.S.-educated and a veteran of the Japanese army, he made his U.S. fiction debut in 1950 with Long the Imperial Way, a ploddingly serious novel about Japanese infantrymen. To his publishers, at least, the book set Tasaki up as "the principal interpreter of present-day Japan to the United States."

Last year, "because I wanted to do something more constructive than simply make bacon and hams," Author Tasaki slipped away from his...

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