“J Sakai” is a name describing at least two people. “J Sakai” with the “J”, so far as I know, standing for nothing in particular (likely a pseudonym) is the name of a revolutionary leftist theorist.
“Sakai, J”, apparently short for “Jun’ichi'” is also the name of a (or at least one!) physicist.
They seem to all share the same LC authority record, that is titles authored by both have been assigned to the same authority record.
I am as reasonably confident as one can get that the author of Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat (which I recommend, by the way) is not the author of Phase conjugate optics (which I probably couldn’t understand enough of to have an opinion on). If the Identities page is to believed, under “Associated Subjects”, we have an author who’s publications touch upon “Anti-imperialist movements” and “Working class whites”, as well as “Columns, concrete — testing” and “Bridges — foundations and piers — mathematical models.” Such a renaissance man may exist, but being somewhat familiar with the political Sakai’s work, I’m pretty sure it’s not he.
[I also have to wonder if it’s but one or in fact two Japanese physicists responsible for works on structural engineering theory; as well as on optics and solar flares. But I’m not familiar with those authors/works, and at least that’s all physics. And then we’ve got some books on geology and fossils too; a third scientist?]
But at some point some cataloger (or machine process?) appears to have seen the authority record for Physicist J Sakai, and decided it suited for revolutionary communist theorist J Sakai.
So I’ve noticed this, let’s say I’m a naive non-librarian user, or heck, let’s not and just say I’m me. What would I do about this? The naive user might think since they’ve discovered it on worldcat.org, they should report it to OCLC. But what’s OCLC going to do about it? We know that OCLC is really only displaying the aggregated collective recorded data of an international community of catalogers. So I can… what, find a cataloger who has NACO authority to change these records (and create a new authority record for the communist Sakai), AND has the time/interest to do so, just out of general community spirit, even though it doesn’t really matter for their institution which is paying them and expects them to catalog X records per hour that d matter to them?
Kind of makes one reconsider again the idea of ‘wiki-like’ editing of our collective cataloging corpus. Would we be worse or better off if an interested user could, upon noting this issue in Worldcat Identities, immediatly and easily, right on that web page make a correction? Even make a correction resulting in a new authority record for the ‘missing’ Sakai? Even if the interested person isn’t NACO-certified, or isn’t even a cataloger, or isn’t even a librarian? As opposed to requiring not only a librarian, but a select elite of certified librarians, to open up a completely alternate interface, find the individual records in question, and submit changes?
The idea that limiting editing access to an esoteric elite results in perfect information is simply a myth.
The physicist Sakai, Jun’ichi 1936-, if he happened accross the Identities page, would probably be none too pleased to find the cover images presented as ‘representative works’ of his ouvre being politically charged works by a completely different guy, Confronting Fascism: Discussion Documents for a Militant Movement, and Looking at the White Working Class Historically (actually by David Gilbert, but with a foreward by the leftist Sakai).