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A wartime drama that sheds light on composer’s inner conflict

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When writing this column, I always keep in mind that some people will be having their breakfast as they read my words. That is why I make a point of avoiding graphic depictions of savagery and violence. But I deliberately break this rule when I want to highlight the horrors of war.

It is my hunch that my stance is shared by the producers of "Yell," a serialized television drama currently being aired on weekday mornings by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp.).

An episode aired this past week contained gruesome scenes of combat during the Pacific War.

The protagonist, composer Yuichi Koyama, was caught in a firefight in Burma during........

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