One of the issues that keeps bubbling away on the New Mandala stove is the role that foreigners play in the military and political struggles of Karen insurgent groups in Burma. In response to the ongoing discussion, a New Mandala reader here in Canberra showed me a copy of this book (click on the images).

Neither he nor I can read Japanese so we are at something of a disadvantage. His understanding – if I recall correctly – is that the book is about a young Japanese man who fought with the KNLA and was subsequently killed in action.

If any New Mandala readers can cast more light on this, their input would be greatly appreciated.