Now this is an assignment for you amateur
Ken Wright has a dilemma. He’s writing an article on the ‘Black Dogs’ of
Bougainville in World War 2 – who I take it were renegade Japanese civilians.
But Ken’s having trouble finding information and is seeking assistance. Having done a cursory bit of internet research, I understand the problem.
Ken says he read a line or two in various
books about the Coastwatchers that mention a Japanese civilian called Tashira who
established and controlled a kind of vigilante group on Bougainville
“I suspect the real name should have been Tashiro,” Ken says, “as Tashira is not a Japanese family name.
“The only one that fits the description is Tashiro Tsunsuke, who was tried as a war criminal by an Australian military court in Rabaul in 1947. He got ten years for assaulting a native, which was commuted to five years because of numerous good character references.
“There is no court reference to his involvement with the Black Dogs but it seems very strange he got ten years for a crime, if he did indeed commit it, when other Japanese did worse and got only a few months jail.”
If you’re able to assist Ken with his research, you can email him here. And let me know too. I’m getting interested.