Time of Fallen Blossoms

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AuthorAllan S. Clifton
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Time of Fallen Blossoms is 1951 book written by Allan S. Clifton. Clifton was an Australian intelligence officer with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force. [1] It is a memoir of his time in Japan in 1946 during the post-war occupation. [2] [3] Clifton had studied Japanese for 12 years [4] and worked as an interpreter. His book contained accounts of Australian soldiers' mistreatment of Japanese Prisoners of War (POWs) after the Japanese surrender [5] and gang rapes of Japanese women by Australian soldiers in Japan. The book was controversial in Australia as a result, and he was subsequently discredited by the Australian Army. [6]


The book received renewed attention in 2016 when a passage was referenced in a tweet by Australian journalist Scott McIntyre about Australian war crimes in his criticism of Anzac Day. [7] [8]


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