On the 13th of November 1942, the Japanese Destroyer Akatsuki was sunk off the coast of Guadalcanal. Torpedo officer Michiharu Shinya was captured and sent to the Featherston Prisoner-of-War Camp in New Zealand.
He arrives to a camp of 800 inmates, simmering with discontent. Tensions rise and snap; a riot breaks-out and 48 Japanese POWs are killed by gunfire from New Zealand guards.
Shinya's personal war continues, as he struggles with the ultimate crime against Japan: to die is honour; to live is to cease to exist.
Through the kindness of a New Zealand padre, Shinya confronts his ghosts and is changed forever.
[This memoir was originally published as The Path from Guadalcanal by Outrigger in 1979. Beyond Death and Dishonour is a revised and updated version of that original text comissioned by the author in 2001.]
What They're Saying:
"Shinya's memoirs say it directly and frankly - a story of enduring interest"
- Vincent O'Sullivan (NZ Listener)
"This is a simply-told tale, powerful, moving, full of insight."
- Paul Freedman (NZ Catholic)