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Interpreting Occupied Japan: The Diary of an Australian Soldier

Archer, B. and Wilson, S. (eds.)ORCID: 0000-0002-8341-3120 (2009) Interpreting Occupied Japan: The Diary of an Australian Soldier. Hesperian Press, Carlisle, W.A..


This is a rare account of early post-war Japan from the cutting edge of day-to-day work in the Allied occupation, by an Australian soldier trained in the Japanese language for occupation work. It provides a wealth of insights into the lives both of the soldiers in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force and of the Japanese with whom they lived and worked. Basil Archer writes vividly about his journey to Japan via Morotai in Indonesia, his intelligence work as an interpreter in a country area, the places he visited and th people he encountered - Japanese, English, Scottish, Indian, American and Australian. Basil Archer served in Japan during 1946 as a language officer in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. After discharge from the Army he worked for the Western Australian State Electricity Commission, then for the Government Chemical Laboratories and finally as Laboratory Manager of the Chemistry Department of Curtin University of Technology. He is now retired and lives in Perth, where his is Secretry of the BCOF Association of Western Australia.

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