chapter  14
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International relations and future directions

We have by no means exhausted the references to war in Japanese science fiction. War and destruction are frequently invoked as the end product of human folly when it is taken to its logical conclusion. But a story with such a cataclysmic ending is in a different class from a story reflecting the Japanese reaction to their nation's defeat and the ensuing pacifism. Both kinds of story have been reviewed in the last chapter, along with some of the more outstanding examples of mainstream work on the subject which serve to fill in the picture and give us, along with the science fiction stories, a more comprehensive understanding of the Japanese attitude to war as it has evolved in modern times.