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Nippon …. Not quite accurate - Japan’s one blight … a very GRAVE one

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日本是先进国中最安全的国家
这是铁的事实

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2005-05-28 23:26

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All that may well be true generally speaking ….. BUT no matter how hard Japan tries to showcase or package itself, Japan has a blight and it is a serious one ……

Japan has a blight and it is a very SERIOUS one, quite INDELIBLE …. so much so that its leader today would not dare face up to it.  Cowardly and quite dishonourably, they try to delete this indelible blight by falsifying History through doctoring their school history textbooks.

Yes, the BLIGHT of Japan that I am referring to is her CRIMES committed in 1937 (and well-documented) on the Rape of Nanking and for *starting* the Second World War ….

“When the Japanese army invaded China in the summer of 1937, it launched not just Asians but everyone toward a world war that would engulf the Eurasian continent and the oceans around it for the next 8 years.  Japan’s undeclared war on China started in 1931 with its occupation of Manchuria,

But the brief attack on Beijing in July 1937 set in motion the events that would push the world to war. ….”



More on the blights of Japan …..

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Many feared what the Japanese might do when it entered the capital (Nanjing), but NONE anticipated the SCALE OF THE VIOLENCE that the soldiers would unleash on the civilian population.  …..  

A postwar investigation that the Nanjing District completed in April 1946 put the death toll at 295,525 people.  Men counted for 76% of the victims, women 22%, and children 2% - although the last (referring to the children) were surely the hardest to trace and will always remain sadly undercounted.

If people did not expect the treatment they received, they knew enough to realize that the Japanese occupation would be HOSTILE.  

As early as November, when Japanese airplane steeped up their bombing of Nanking, Chinese who could leave the capital ahead of the retreating government and its army did so.  But many were too poor or too tied by family obligations to take off.  

Some chose to stay in their homes and HOPE that the Japanese would respect their status as surrendered civilians, rather than face the uncertainties of refugee flight …

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More on the BLIGHTS OF JAPAN, and here are some …..

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232. Chen Wang Shih, 28, returned home on January 29 1937.  On the road she and another women were stopped by three soldiers, who asked them to follow.  Despite pleadings on their knees, they were pulled into a shop.  Mrs Chen was raped three times.

233. January 28 1937, Chang Yang Shih returned home.  Was raped twice by Japanese soldiers.  Age 37.

234. January 31, Nieh Feng Shih, age 17, returned home and was washing rice at a pond.  A soldier threw away the rice, dragged to a mulberry field and raped her.

235. Janauary 30, Miss Yao Chai-tseng, age 16, went with her mother to the University Hospital to visit someone.  Near the Drum Tower (Kulou), two soldiers pulled her to the open ground and raped her.

236. January 30, Hsu Chin Shih, age 36, was returngin home with her husband and some neighbors.  In Taiping Hsiang, Hwa Pai Lou, two soldiers took her to a small house and raped her.

237. January 30, Kiang Liu Shih, age 27.  Returned home with father-in-law.  At 10 p.m., January 31, two soldiers came, but fortunately did not find her.

238. January 28, Wei Chen Shih, age 45, went home with neighbor to near Tai Ping Men.  Was pulled away by Japanese soldiers, but a good soldier saved her.  However, her neighbor was raped by them.

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Those interested in reading more, please follow the thread ....

http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/forumpost.shtml?toppid=349151

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Post time 2005-6-24 06:59:59 |Display all floors

Continuation … The Motives behind Nanking …. Japan’s WWII atrocities (20)

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Now we come to the most disturbing question of all – the state of the Japanese mind in Nanking.  What was inside the mind of the TEENAGE soldier handed a rifle and bayonet that propelled him to commit such atrocities?

Many scholars have wrestled with this question of and found it almost impossible to answer.  … Many find it difficult to reconcile the BARBARISM of Nanking with the **exquisite politeness** and good manners for which the Japanese are renowned.  But certain MILITARY EXPERTS believe that these two seemingly separate behaviors are in reality ENTWINED.  They point to the AWESOME STATUS OF THE ANCIENT SAMURAI, who for centuries possessed the POWER TO LOP OFF THE HEAD of a peasant if he failed to give the warrior a polite answer to his questions.

"To this day,” an American naval intelligence officer wrote of Japanese culture during World War I, “the Japanese idea of a polite answer is one satisfactory to the questioner.  Is it surprising that GOOD MANNERS are a national trait with the Japanese?”

Other experts have attributed Japanese wartime atrocities to Japanese culture itself.  In her book “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”, the American anthropologist Ruth Benedict wrote that because moral obligations in Japanese society were not universal but local and particularized, they could be EASILY BROKEN on foreign soil.

Other experts blame the non-Christian nature of Japanese religion, claiming that while Christianity puts for the idea that all humans are brothers – indeed, that all things were created in God’s image – Shintoism in Japan purports that only the emperor and his descendants were created in God’s image.

Citing such differences, these experts have concluded that some cultures, however sophisticated they because, remain at their core tribal, in that the obligations the individual owes to others within the tribe are very different from those owed to outsiders.

There is an inherent danger in this assumption, for it has two implications: one, that the Japanese, by virtue of their religion, are NATURALLY LESS HUMANE than Western cultures and MUST BE JUDGED by different standards (an implication I find both irresponsible and condescending), and two that Judeo-Christian cultures are somehow LESS capable of perpetrating atrocities like the Rape of Nanking.  Certainly Nazis in Germany, a devoutly Christian country, found a way in the 1930s and 1940s to dehumanize the German psyche and even demonize peoples they had declared to be enemies of the Germans.  What resulted were some of the worst crimes against humanity this planet has ever seen.

...... The veneer of civilization seems to be exceedingly thin – one that be easily stripped away, especially by the stresses of war.

How then do we explain the raw brutality carried out day after day after day in the city of Nanking?

Unlike their Nazi counterparts, who have mostly perished in prisons and before execution squads or, if alive, are spending their remaining days as “”fugitives** from the law, MANY OF THE JAPANESE WAR CRIMINALS ARE STILL ALIVE, LIVING IN PEACE AND COMFORT, **PROTECTED BY THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT.

They (the Japanese) are therefore some of the FEW PEOPLE on this planet who, without concern for retaliation in a court of international law, can give authors and journalists a glimpse of their thoughts and feelings while committing WWII atrocities.

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Here is what we learn.  The Japanese soldier was not simply hardened for battle in China, he was HARDENED for the task of MURDERING CHINESE COMBATANTS AND NONCOMBATANTS ALIKE.

Indeed, various games and exercises were set up by the Japanese military to NUMB its men to the human instinct against killing people who are not attacking ….

For example, on their way to the capital, Japanese soldiers were MADE TO PARTICIPATE IN KILLING COMPETITIONS, which were AVIDLY COVERED by the Japanese media like sporting events.  

The most notorious one appeared in the December 7 issue of the Japanese Advertiser under the headline “Sub-lieutenants in RACE TO FELL 100 CHINESE RUNNING CLOSE CONTEST.” –

>>> Sub-Lieutenant Mukai Toshiaki and Sub-Lieutenant Noda Takeshi, both of the Katagiri unit at Kuyung, in a friendly contest to see which of them will first fell 100 Chinese in individual sword combat before the Japanese forces completely occupy Nanking are well in the final phase of their race running almost neck to neck.  On Sunday [December 5] …. The `score’ according to the Asahi, was Sub-Lieutenant Mukai, 89, and Sub-Lieutenant Noda, 78. <<<


A week later the people reported that neither men could decide who had passed the 100 mark first, so they UPPED the goal to 150.  “Mukai’s blade was slightly damaged in the competition,” the Japan Advertiser reported.  “He explained that this was the result of cutting a Chinese in half, helmet and all.  The contest was `fun’ he declared.

Such atrocities were NOT UNIQUE to the Nanking area.  Rather, they were TYPICAL of the desensitization exercises practiced by the Japanese across China during the ENTIRE WAR.  The following testimony by a Japanese private named Tajima is NOT unusual –


>>> One day Second Lieutenant Ono said to us, “You have never killed anyone yet, so today we shall have some killing practice.  You must not consider the Chinese as a human being, but only as something of rather LESS VALUE THAN A DOG OR CAT.  Be brave!  Now those who wish to volunteer for killing practice, step forward.”

No one moved.  The lieutenant lost his temper.

"You cowards!” he shouted.  “Not one of you is fit to call himself a Japanese soldier.  So no one will volunteer?  Well then, I’ll ORDER you.”  And he began to call out names, “Otani – Furukawa – Ueno – Tajima!!” (My God – me too!)

I raised my bayoneted gun with trembling hands, and – directed by the leutenant’s almost hysterical cursing – I walked slowly towards the TERROR-STRICKEN Chinese standing beside the pit –  the GRAVE he had HELPED TO DIG.  In my heart, I begged his pardon, and – with my eyes shut and the lieutenant’s curses in my ears – I plunged the bayonet into the petrified Chinese.  When I opened my eyes again, he had slumped down into the pit.  “MURDERER! CRIMINAL!” I called myself. <<<

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For new soldiers, horror was a natural impulse.  One Japanese wartime memoir describes how a group of green Japanese recruits failed to conceal their shock when they witnessed seasoned soldiers torture a group of civilians to death.

Their commander expected this reaction and wrote in his diary:  “All new recruits are like this, but SOON they will be doing the same things themselves.”

But new officers also required desensitization.  A veteran officer named Tominaga Shozo recalled vividly his own TRANSFORMATION from innocent youth to killing machine.  

Tominaga had been a fresh second lieutenant from a military academy when assigned to the 232nd Regiment of the 39th Division from Hiroshima.  When he was introduced to the men under his command, Tominaga was stunned.  “They had evil eyes,” he remembered.  “They weren’t human eyes, but the eyes of leopards or tigers.”

On the front Tominaga and other new candidate officers underwent intensive training to stiffen their endurance for war.  In the program an instructor had pointed to a thin, emaciated Chinese in a detention center and told the officers:  “These are raw materials for your trial of courage/”

Day after day the instructor taught them to how to cut off heads and bayonet living prisoners. –


>>> On the final day, we were taken out of the site of our trial.  24 prisoners were squatting there with their hands tied behind their backs.  They were blindfolded.  A big hole had been dug – 10 meters long, 2 meters wide, and more than 3 meters deep.  The regimental commander, the battalion commanders, and the company commanders all took the seats arranged for them.

Second Lieutenant Tanaka bowed to the regimental commander and reported, “We shall now begin.”  He ordered a solider on fatigue duty to haul one of the prisoners to the edge of the pit; the prisoner was kicked when he resisted.  The soldiers finally dragged him over and forced him to his knees.  

Tanaka turned toward us and looked into each of our faces in turn.  “heads should be cut off like this,” he said, unsheathing his army sword.  He scooped water from a bucket with a dipper, then poured it over both sides of the blade.  Swishing off the water, he raised his sword in a long arc.  Standing behind the prisoner, Tanaka steadied himself, legs spread apart, and CUT OFF the man’s head with a shout, “Yo!”

The head flew more than a meter away.  Blood spurted up in two fountains from the body and sprayed into the hole.

The scene was so appalling that I felt I couldn’t breathe.  <<<

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But gradually, Tominaga Shozo learned to kill.  And as he grew more ADEPT at it, he NO LONGER felt that his men’s eyes were evil.  For him, ATROCITIES became ROUTINE, almost BANAL.  

Looking back on his experience, he wrote:  “We made them like this.  Good sons, good daddies, good elder brothers at home were brought to the front to kill each other.  Human beings turned into murdering demons.  Everyone became a demon within 3 months.

Some Japanese soldiers admitted it was easy for them to kill because they had been taught that NEXT TO THE EMPEROR, all individual life – even their own – was VALUELESS.  

Azuma Shiro, the Japanese soldier who witnessed a series of atrocities in Nanking, made an excellent point about his comrades’ behavior in his letter to me (Iris Chang).  During his 2 years of military training in the 20th Infantry Regiment of Kyoto-fu Fukuchi-yama, he was taught that “LOYALTY IS HEAVIER THAN A MOUNTAIN, and our life is lighter than a feather.”

He recalled that the highest honor a soldier could achieve during war was to come back dead: to die for the emperor was the greatest glory, to be caught alive by the enemy the greatest shame.  “If my life was not important,” Azuma wrote to me, “an enemy’s life became inevitably much less important.  …. This philosophy led us to LOOK DOWN on the enemy and eventually to the MASS MURDER and ILL TREATMENT of the captives.”

In interview after interview, Japanese veterans from the Nanking massacres reported honestly that they experienced a complete lack of remorse or sense of wrongdoing, EVEN WHEN TORTURING HELPLESS CIVILIANS.  Nagatomi Hakudo spoke candidly about his emotions in the fallen capital –

>>> I remember being driven in a truck along a path that had been cleared through PILES OF THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF SLAUGHTERED BODIES.  Wild dogs were gnawing at the dead flesh as we stopped and pulled a group of Chinese prisoners out of the back (of the truck).  

Then the Japanese officer proposed a test of my courage.  He unsheathed his sword, spat on it and with a sudden mighty swing he brought it down on the neck of a Chinese boy cowering before us.  THE HEAD WAS CUT CLEAN OFF and tumbled away on the group as the body slumped forward, blood spurting in two great gushing fountains from the neck.  The officer suggested I take the head home as a sourvenir.  I remember smiling proudly as I took his sword and began killing people.  <<<<


After almost 60 years of soul-searching, Nagatomi is a changed man.  A doctor in Japan, he has built a SHRINE OF REMORSE in his waiting room.  Patients can watch videotapes of his trial in Nanking and a full confession of his crimes.

The gentle and hospitable demeanor of the doctor belies the horror of his past, making it almost impossible for one to imagine that he had once been a ruthless murderer.


"Few know that soldiers impaled babies on bayonets and tossed them still alive into pots of boiling water,” Nagatomi said.  They gang-raped women from the ages of 12 to 80 and then killed them when they could no longer satisfy sexual requirements.  I beheaded people, starved them to death, burned them and buried them alive, over two hundred in all.  It is terrible that I could turn into an animal and do these things.  There are really no words to explain what I was doing.  I was truly a devil.”

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Post time 2005-6-24 07:32:34 |Display all floors

My part 4 hasn't appeared .... ? a reminder for Mods

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Post time 2005-6-27 12:03:27 |Display all floors

"Friendly Japan" LOL what a joke

Just look at how much people they killed, 30 million. That would describe how "Friendly Japan" is.

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