Samuel Eliot Morison, in his book, The Two-Ocean War: A Short History of the United States Navy in the Second World War, wrote: There were innumerable incidents such as a wounded Japanese soldier at Guadalcanal seizing a scalpel and burying it in the back of a surgeon who was about to save his life by an operation; and a survivor of the Battle of Vella Lavella, rescued by PT-163, pulling a gun and killing a bluejacket in the act of giving a Japanese sailor a cup of coffee. It was too dangerous.[158]. [134], On 12 May 2007, journalist Taichiro Kaijimura announced the discovery of 30 Netherland government documents submitted to the Tokyo tribunal as evidence of a forced massed prostitution incident in 1944 in Magelang. The low excludes at least 5,000 Chinese rounded up by the Japanese Army and killed in February, 1942 (line 359); and other Army massacres undoubtedly occurred, some of which are listed in the table (lines 355, 357, 358, and 360). [citation needed] Former Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, is a member of the Nippon Kaigi. It was, to be sure, on a vast scale, and civilians were killed by the thousands by the Japanese, but that is not what I will focus on here. This scorched earth strategy, sanctioned by Hirohito himself, directed Japanese forces to “Kill All, Burn All, and Loot All.” Additionally, captured allied service personnel were massacred in various incidents, including: Soviet MIG 23 pilot ejected thinking the plane’s engine had failed. [17][18], War crimes have been defined by the Tokyo Charter as "violations of the laws or customs of war,"[19] which includes crimes against enemy combatants and enemy non-combatants. [clarification needed] This is because the treaty does not mention the legal validity of the tribunal. "[3] According to Rummel, in China alone, from 1937 to 1945, approximately 3.9 million Chinese were killed, mostly civilians, as a direct result of the Japanese operations and a total of 10.2 million Chinese were killed in the course of the war. The chairman, Toru Miyoshi, is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Japan. The Japanese killed defenseless citizens throughout Asia. Why were the Japanese so brutal in World War 2, especially towards prisoners?Brad Webb looks at the historical, political, social and cultural factors to try to come to an understanding. For example, in 2011 it was alleged in an article published in the Japan Times newspaper by Jason Coskrey that the British government covered-up a Japanese massacre of British and Dutch POWs to avoid straining the recently re-opened relationship with Japan, along with their belief that Japan needed to be a post-war bulwark against the spread of communism. Now, if you were to ask the same group of people which was the greater religious genocide in terms of death : Those killed by Nazi Germany, or those killed by the USSR, they would state to you the vast majority of time that the Nazis were the leaders. Knightsbridge Publishing Co., New York. i.e: Koreans, Americans, Indians, Filipinos. In charge of the troops during this time was General Iwane Matsui. [100] For example, during the Battle of Wuhan from August to October 1938, the Emperor authorized the use of toxic gas on 375 separate occasions, despite the 1899 Hague Declaration IV, 2 – Declaration on the Use of Projectiles the Object of Which is the Diffusion of Asphyxiating or Deleterious Gases[101] and Article 23 (a) of the 1907 Hague Convention IV – The Laws and Customs of War on Land. Charges of cannibalism were dropped, but 23 people were found guilty of vivisection or wrongful removal of body parts. Unlike the works of art looted by Nazis in Europe, the return of property to its rightful owners or even the discussion of financial reparations in the post-war period, met with strong resistance from the American government, particularly General Douglas MacArthur. Abe denied that it applied to comfort stations. The horror perpetuated by the Japanese in WWII has been the topic of numerous works of literature. Militarism, especially during Japan's imperialist expansion, had great bearing on the conduct of the Japanese armed forces before and during the Second World War. [citation needed]. [44] There were other massacres of civilians, e.g. "Japanese War Criminals in Indochina and the French Pursuit of Justice: Local and International Constraints. Some executions were still outstanding as many Allied courts agreed to reexamine their verdicts, reducing sentences in some cases and instituting a system of parole, but without relinquishing control over the fate of the imprisoned (even after Japan and Germany had regained their status as sovereign countries). Currently, the South Korean government is looking into the hundreds of other names on these lists. Those selected were taken to a hut where their flesh was cut from their bodies while they were alive and they were thrown into a ditch where they later died.[121]. This notification also advised staff officers to stop using the term "prisoners of war". From September 1938 to June 1939, in one county alone, over 40,000 Chinese civilians were killed. [59][failed verification][60][page range too broad][self-published source] Joseph B. Keenan, the chief prosecutor in the Tokyo Trials, says that the attack on Pearl Harbor not only happened without a declaration of war but was also a "treacherous and deceitful act". [23] One hundred-sixty Taiwanese who had served in the forces of the Empire of Japan were convicted of war crimes and 11 were executed. Rather, they gather great sympathy as victims of the war, and the number of people concerned about the war crimes tribunal system itself is steadily increasing. [177] The Class-A charges were all tried by the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, also known as "the Tokyo Trials". [148], Several scholars have claimed that the Japanese government along with Japanese military personnel engaged in widespread looting during the period of 1895 to 1945. [155][156] American journalist Brad Glosserman has stated that an increasing number of South Koreans are raising the issue of the repatriation of stolen cultural artifacts from Japan due to rising affluence among the general populace as well as increased national confidence.[156]. TIL WWII Japan killed 4 million more people than the Nazis, ... sex slaves taken from the different provinces of the Japanese Empire during the 2nd Chinese-Japanese War and World War 2. Many military leaders were also convicted. Deaths directly caused by the war (including military and civilians fatalities) are estimated at 50–56 million, with an additional estimated 19–28 million deaths from war-related disease and famine. Korea, China, and the Philippines are also infuriated by years of Japanese equivocations over the issue. For example, in 2005, a South Korean freelance journalist, Jung Soo-woong, located in Japan some descendants of people involved in the 1895 assassination of Empress Myeongseong (Queen Min). Clause 14 of the treaty stated that Japan would enter into negotiations with Allied powers whose territories were occupied by Japan and suffered damage by Japanese forces, with a view to Japan compensating those countries for the damage. Had Japan certified the legal validity of the war crimes tribunals in the San Francisco Treaty, the war crimes would have become open to appeal and overturning in Japanese courts. [138], There are different theories on the breakdown of the comfort women's place of origin. [188] Some point to an act by West German Chancellor Willy Brandt, who knelt at a monument to the Jewish victims of the Warsaw Ghetto, in 1970, as an example of a powerful and effective act of apology and reconciliation similar to dogeza. Dan Ford, "Japan at War, 1931–1945", "History of Japan's biological weapons program", Justin McCurry, "Japan's sins of the past", Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group (IWG), National Archives and Records Administration, R.J. Rummel, "Statistics Of Japanese Democide: Estimates, Calculations, And Sources", Shane Green. We were shocked. During WWII, the Japanese Imperial Army imposed a scorched earth strategy on China. Whether in military brothels or in the villages, we raped without reluctance. The new right/new left also takes the view that the Allies committed no war crimes against Japan, because Japan was not a signatory to the Geneva Convention, and as a victors, the Allies had every right to demand some form of retribution, to which Japan consented in various treaties. Though the organisation was established by the government, legally, it has been created such that it is an independent charity. At the beginning of World War II, a government pamphlet led to a massive cull of British pets. Japan also had a military secret police force within the IJA, known as the Kenpeitai, which resembled the Nazi Gestapo in its role in annexed and occupied countries, but which had existed for nearly a decade before Hitler's own birth. [97], According to historians Yoshiaki Yoshimi and Kentaro Awaya, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, gas weapons, such as tear gas, were used only sporadically in 1937, but in early 1938 the Imperial Japanese Army began full-scale use of phosgene, chlorine, Lewisite and nausea gas (red), and from mid-1939, mustard gas (yellow) was used against both Kuomintang and Communist Chinese troops.[98][99]. [65] The most infamous incident during this period was the Nanking Massacre of 1937–38, when, according to the findings of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, the Japanese Army massacred as many as 300,000 civilians and prisoners of war, although the accepted figure is somewhere in the hundreds of thousands.[66]. You get a little bit leery of taking prisoners when they are fighting to the death and so are you." In many cases these acts of cannibalism were inspired by ever-increasing Allied attacks on Japanese supply lines, and the death and illness of Japanese personnel which resulted from hunger. Rather, two of the major factors in the high death toll during the war was Famine and Flooding, of which there were in fact several, and which absolutely eviscerated the civilian population during the conflict. "[118] This frequently involved murder for the purpose of securing bodies. In 1971 a former comfort woman, forced to work for Japanese soldiers in Taiwan, published her memoirs under the pseudonym of Suzuko Shirota. The area was crowded with Chinese civilians unable to evacuate. At the Tokyo Trials, Prime Minister Hideki Tojo; Shigenori Tōgō, then Foreign Minister; Shigetarō Shimada, the Minister of the Navy; and Osami Nagano, Chief of Naval General Staff, were charged with crimes against peace (charges 1 to 36) and murder (charges 37 to 52) in connection with the attack on Pearl Harbor. Online NewsHour: I'm Sorry – December 1, 1998", Okada apologizes for U.S. POWs' treatment, "Honda Testifies in Support of Comfort Women", "Compensation to Allied POWs | The Japan Times Online", "The Abe Cabinet – An Ideological Breakdown", Japan Rightists Fan Fury Over North Korea Abductions, "World | Asia-Pacific | Korean WWII sex slaves fight on". [185] On 2 March 2007, the issue was raised again by Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe, in which he denied that the military had forced women into sexual slavery during World War II. Well, we've taken these and put them in a huge container and separated them from each other with a lead shield. Many victims died years later, as a result of cancer and other illnesses linked to radiation poisoning caused by the bombings. We did it for the sake of our country. [citation needed], According to historian Linda Goetz Holmes, many funds used by the government of Japan were not Japanese funds but relief funds contributed by the governments of the US, the UK and the Netherlands and sequestred in the Yokohama Specie Bank during the final year of the war.[194]. War crimes were committed by the Empire of Japan in many Asian-Pacific countries during the period of Japanese imperialism, primarily during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. Geneva, 27 July 1929", See, for example: Wai Keng Kwok, 2001, "Justice Done? The number of Germans who died in World War II is not clear. "[180] For Herbert Bix, "MacArthur's truly extraordinary measures to save Hirohito from trial as a war criminal had a lasting and profoundly distorting impact on Japanese understanding of the lost war. [112][113], The Enemy Airmen's Act contributed to the deaths of hundreds of Allied airmen throughout the Pacific War. Some Japanese soldiers have admitted to committing these crimes.[9]. [53][54] Some historical negationists and conspiracy theorists charge that President Franklin D. Roosevelt willingly allowed the attack to happen to create a pretext for war, but no credible evidence exists to support that claim. [36] Similarly the behaviour of the Japanese military in World War I was at least as humane as that of other militaries in the war,[citation needed] with some German prisoners of the Japanese finding life in Japan so agreeable that they stayed and settled in Japan after the war.[37][38]. Criminal and Moral Responsibility Issues In the Chinese Massacres Trial Singapore, 1947", "The history, development, and decline of crimes against peace", "Under Japanese law, 14 at Yasukuni not criminals: Abe". During the Battle of Midway in June 1942, three American airmen who were shot down and landed at sea were spotted and captured by Japanese warships. They were also reportedly given responsible positions in Japan's pharmaceutical industry, medical schools and health ministry. McDilda's false confession may have swayed the Japanese leaders' decision to surrender. As a result, at the time the Koreans had to settle for returning only 1,326 items, of which 852 rare books and 438 ceramic pieces. [10] However, some members of the Liberal Democratic Party in the Japanese government such as former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi and current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have prayed at the Yasukuni Shrine, which includes convicted Class A war criminals in its honored war dead. Most historians and scholars agreed that the oil embargo cannot be used as justification for using military force against a foreign nation imposing the oil embargo because there is a clear distinction between a perception that something is essential to the welfare of the nation-state and a threat truly being sufficiently serious to warrant an act of force in response, which Japan had failed to consider. [206] Meanwhile, scholars and public intellectuals continue to criticize Japan for what they view as a refusal to acknowledge and apologize fully for Japanese war crimes. Every day, memories of World War II—its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs—disappear. Almost all buildings were entered by Japanese soldiers, often in the sight of their officers, and the men took whatever they wanted. The Chinese were defeated and Japan created a new puppet state, ... lack complete estimates for the wounded. The victim was then used for plague and pathogens experiments. (Some of the officers involved in the Nanking Massacre were also promoted.). Of the 27,000 Americans taken prisoner by the Japanese, a shocking 40 percent died in captivity, according to the U.S. Congressional Research Service. Thus, North and South Korea refer to "Japanese war crimes" as events occurring during the period of Korea under Japanese rule. Murdering and burying them follows naturally. [127] About 270 thousand of these Javanese laborers were sent to other Japanese-held areas in Southeast Asia, but only 52 thousand were repatriated to Java, meaning that there was a death rate of eighty percent. Chinese Nationalist Army 1937-1941. Total Australian casualties topped 45,000, with some 17,500 of those killed. One confided: They always told you take prisoners but we had some bad experiences on Saipan taking prisoners, you take them and then as soon as they get behind the lines they drop grenades and you lose a few more people. In it MacArthur states: "I am completely at odds with the minority view of replacing lost or destroyed cultural property as a result of military action and occupation". Chiang, for example, fielded four million troops at the Nationalist’s height, while China as a whole lost an estimated 14 million in the war. [54][63], Over the years, many Japanese nationalists argued that the attack on Pearl Harbor was justified as they acted in self-defense in response to the oil embargo imposed by the United States. For example, one of the names on the list was of a comfort woman who stated she was forced to be a prostitute by the Japanese. [200], As with investigations of Nazi war criminals, official investigations and inquiries are still ongoing. Under Emperor Hirohito, numerous war crimes were perpetrated by the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) and the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) that resulted in the deaths of millions of people. [citation needed] Former Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has advocated the position that Japan accepted the Tokyo tribunal and its judgements as a condition for ending the war, but that its verdicts have no relation to domestic law. "[132], The Bahay na Pula in the Philippines is an example of a military-operated brothel. In fact, as you will hear today, many Comfort Women returned the Prime Minister's letter of apology accompanying the monetary compensation, saying they felt the apology was artificial and disingenuous. However, he recognizes that the excavated pieces which were deemed to be most historically significant were sent to the Japanese governor-general, who then decided what would be sent to Emperor Hirohito. In Mengcun village of Hebei, the Japanese killed more than 1,300 Hui people within three years of their occupation of that area." CENTAUR", "KPN SS OP TEN NOORT an 6,000 ton 1927 Dutch Passenger-Cargo liner based in Dutch East Indies (Indonesia)", "Harry S. Truman – Executive Order 10393 – Establishment of the Clemency and Parole Board for War Criminals", "PBS. 2.3 billion). They decided not to issue a proper declaration of war anyway as they feared that doing so would expose the possible leak of the secret operation to the Americans. More than 4,400 Japanese personnel were convicted and about 1,000 were sentenced to death. There are 2 different things for Chinese people killed by the Japanese and Jews murdered in the Holocaust in World War II. [citation needed], The last payment was made to the Philippines on 22 July 1976. ", "Reconciling Narratives of the Nanjing Massacre in Japanese and Chinese Textbooks", "Japan's Abe Denies Proof of World War II Sex Slaves", "British ex-POW in Japanese camp 'disgusted' by guard demands for compensation", "International Military Tribunal for the Far East Charter (IMTFE Charter) – The Faculty of Law", "Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armies in the Field. California Congressman Mike Honda, speaking before U.S. House of Representatives on behalf of the women, said that "without a sincere and unequivocal apology from the government of Japan, the majority of surviving Comfort Women refused to accept these funds. Rape Of Asian Women By Japanese Soldiers During WW2. We all fought with a life-or-death determination." China primary fought Japan in the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945. Prior to 1895, Japan had only briefly invaded Korea during the Shogunate, long before the Meiji Restoration, and the invasion failed. Satō Kenryō, whom many, including Judge B.V.A. [90] The surgery included amputations. In the face of this surge of public opinion, the government commented that "public sentiment in our country is that the war criminals are not criminals. Only three Americans made it back to American lines in the Lunga Point perimeter alive. [citation needed]. Mass Rape Of Italian Women By French Colonial Troops In 1944. CHINA’S WAR WITH JAPAN, 1937-45: The Struggle for … (This plane was Lt. Marvin Watkins' crew of the 29th Bomb Group of the 6th Bomb Squadron. It is estimated that over 150,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers were killed in this, the most infamous atrocity committed by the Japanese army. Many had been shot in the back as they fled the city. The Japanese killed as many civilians 4 months after the Doolittle Raiders were saved by the Chinese underground as were killed in the Rape of Nanking. the Kalagong massacre. [159], (A PT is a patrol torpedo boat and a bluejacket is an enlisted sailor.). Japanese soldiers shooting blindfolded Sikh prisoners and then bayonetting them. [191], The Japanese government, while admitting no legal responsibility for the so-called "comfort women", set up the Asian Women's Fund in 1995, which gives money to people who claim to have been forced into prostitution during the war. In 1942, the Japanese government stated that it would abide by the terms of the Convention mutatis mutandis ('changing what has to be changed'). [77], According to one estimate, the experiments carried out by Unit 731 alone caused 3,000 deaths. Historian Sterling Seagrave has written that: Arriving at a probable number of Japan's war victims who died is difficult for several interesting reasons, which have to do with Western perceptions. In 1937, during the Second Sino-Japanese War, the Empire of Japan invaded China, and for the next eight years, committed horrific atrocities against the civilian population. Of these, I would suggest that between 6-million and 8-million were ethnic Chinese, regardless of where they were resident. [citation needed] Anesthesia was not used because it was believed that anesthetics would adversely affect the results of the experiments. [195] Others argue that Hirohito deliberately styled his rule in the manner of the British constitutional monarchy, and he always accepted the decisions and consensus reached by the high command. They have been accused of conducting a series of human rights abuses against civilians and prisoners of war throughout East Asia and the western Pacific region. Japan had signed the Hague Convention X of 1907 that stated attacking a hospital ship is a war crime.[163][164]. The best-known Japanese atrocity was the Nanking Massacre, in which 50 to 300 thousand Chinese civilians were raped and murdered. The most prominent ethnic Korean convicted was Lieutenant General Hong Sa Ik, who orchestrated the organisation of prisoner of war camps in Southeast Asia. [85][86][87][88], On 11 March 1948, 30 people, including several doctors and one female nurse, were brought to trial by the Allied war crimes tribunal. Much of the controversy regarding Japan's role in World War II revolves around the death rates of prisoners of war and civilians under Japanese occupation. The seizure of Mukden on 19 September 1931 marked the beginning of overt Japanese aggression against China, and from 1937 there was open war. 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