ある晴れた夏の朝(読みもの)

On A Bright Summer Morning

小手鞠るい 著 Text: Kodemari, Rui

カテゴリー: Japanese Children's Booksおすすめ!日本の子どもの本読みもの/chapter books and novels

ある晴れた夏の朝 表紙

『ある晴れた夏の朝』(Aru hareta natsu no asa)

日本の児童文学には、広島・長崎の被爆体験を扱い、原爆の悲惨さを描くことを通して戦争の非人道的な不当性を訴えるものが少なくない。しかし、アメリカの視点に立つと見え方が違ってくる。8人のアメリカ人高校生の討論で原爆投下の是非を論じさせるのだが、アメリカ在住の著者ならではの視点で考えさせられる点が多々あった。当時の日本は、子どもから老人まで鬼畜米英と徹底的に戦うように指導されていたのだから国民全員が兵士であり、戦争で兵士が殺されるのは当然だし、原爆投下は1,600万人もの中国人を殺害した日本軍とそれを支持した人々に対する処罰行為であったと肯定する意見や、平和国家の仮面を被って原爆の被害者づらをすることをやめ、正しい歴史認識のもとに中国や朝鮮半島、東南アジアの罪もない人々に謝罪しないと、原爆で亡くなった人々が浮かばれないという中国系少女の意見には、今日的な説得力がある。(野上)

出版社 偕成社
初版年 2018年
ISBN 978-4-03-643200-4
ページ数 206頁
サイズ 20×14
対象年齢 12歳から
キーワード 原爆 核 戦争 アメリカ 討論会

On A Bright Summer Morning

The injustice of war is often portrayed in Japanese children’s literature through the experience of radiation exposure from the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Such accounts are written from the perspective of the victims, but things look different when seen through the eyes of Americans. The author of this book, who lives in the U.S.A., examines the differences between the two sides of the argument by portraying eight American high school children from different areas and backgrounds debating the rights and wrongs of dropping the atomic bombs. The children are well prepared, making various persuasive arguments. Those who support the action, claim that had America not dropped the bombs, Japan would not have ended the war and millions of people would have died in a land invasion. Those against it counter that it was unnecessary as America knew that Japan would surrender once the U.S.S.R. declared war on Japan. Also, the fact that two different types of bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed that the U.S.A. was clearly testing the bombs on humans. Those in favor argue that at the time, everyone in Japan, from children to the elderly, had been militarized and instructed to fight to the death. Dropping the bombs was a reasonable punishment for the Japanese army and those in command of it for having killed over 16 million Chinese people. One girl of Chinese ancestry blasts the current political situation in Japan, saying that those who tragically died in the atomic bombings will never rest in peace until Japan stops playing the victim and wearing the mask of a peaceful country, and acknowledges what actually happened and apologizes to the innocent people of China, the Korean Peninsula, and Southeast Asia. (Nogami)

  • Text: Kodemari, Rui
  • Kaiseisha
  • 2018
  • 206 pages
  • 20×14
  • ISBN 978-4-03-643200-4
  • Age 12 +

Atomic bombs, War, United States of America


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