This is a hardcover book.
From the dust jacket: "In September 1972, the movement of tanks to Vietnam from an American military base in a quiet Japanese town, Sagamihara, met with public protest. The citizens wanted to find out the answers to these questions: Why should there be an American military base in Sagamihara? Why should Japan aid the United States in the war in Vietnam by making Japanese national property available for use as a U.S. military base? What requirements are made of Japan by the Japan-U.S. Security Treaty? Does this treaty require Japanese cooperation in a war against the Vietnamese? If so, how does Japan reconcile its involvement in war with its Consittution, a fundamental tenet of which renounces war 'as a sovereign right of the nation'?
WHO IS TO BE TRIED? discusses Japanese public opinion on the Sagamihara incident. Author Ohtani points out the two major belief systems that are in conflict: the conventional beliefs of the prewar generation and the new democratic thought patterns of the postwar generation.
In his analysis of Japanese public opinion, he examines the postwar political and social system as compared to the prewar system. The value system of the prewar generation was based on the German Imperial system; the postwar generation, on the other hand, has learned to pay new respect to the individual as a result of the democratic habits of thought initiated by the Constitution of 1946.
In WHO IS TO BE TRIED? Mr. Ohtani also examines the differences between the two belief systems with regard to the current debate on education, labor, and defense policies. He also discusses the underlying philosophies derived from Japanese tradition, centuries-old influences from China, and other foreign influences from America and Europe."