During World War II, Japan
and Germany were equally aggressive invaders, and both violated Geneva
and Hague Conventions by undertaking atrocious war crimes against humanity.
After the war they emerged as two of the Big Seven in the world. However,
they went to opposite directions as far as the way they handled the war
responsibilities was concerned. Germany issued formal apologies and paid
reparations to the war crime victims, estimated US$880 billion. It became
a respected democratic nation. On the other hand, Japan denied a formal
apology and refused to pay reparations to its victims.
U.S. GOVERNMENT IS RESPONSIBLE
FOR JAPAN’S REMAINING
WORLD WAR II RESPONSIBILITIES
For the 61 year’s anniversary of
the Rape of Nanking, 12-13-98
The reason for the different
outcome in Europe and in the Far East was essentially caused by the different
treatments of Allies to the two nations. In the case of Japan, the U.S.A.
was solely responsible.
After World War II,
the International Tribunal in Europe had some 80,000 Nazi war criminals
accused and convicted, and all of them were removed from the German government
offices. On the other hand, Far East International Tribunal, under the
leadership of U.S.A., only Hideki Tojo and six other Class A war criminals
were sentenced to death; total convicted in Tokyo, 28. The total convicted
in all Far East nations was only 3,000. The No. 1 war criminal, Japanese
Emperor Hirohito, was not punished, but remained as the head of the state.
His direct involvement in war crimes was evidenced by the fact that a royal
prince issued a “Kill All Captives” order prior to the “Rape of Nanking.”
The deaths of civilians and captives in Nanking alone were 300,000, which
were more than the casualties caused by two atomic bombs dropped in Hiroshima
and Nagasaki combined. Many major war criminals remained in high positions
of the government after the war. The Peace Treaty between the U.S.A. was
hurriedly signed in 1951 in San Francisco, with slight condemnation causes.
The generosity, with which
the U.S.A. treated a defeated Japan, was second to none in history. Furthermore,
the U.S. military authority, with the intention of cooperation for further
development of biochemical and poison gaseous weaponry, granted immunity
to Ishii Shiro and his subordinates, who were responsible for producing
such weapons and launching such warfare 1,131 times in China. The resulting
total deaths were, at least, 200,000. Some 20,000 Chinese and Allied captives
were killed alive as specimens in lab experiments in Unit 731 and other
centers. These types of weaponry had been outlawed, and are sought to be
destroyed in Iraq today.
The consequences of this
generosity made Japanese rid of their guilty feeling on invasion and war
crimes, but looked upon themselves as victims of the war, who had been
suffered from atomic bombs. The spirit tablets of Tojo and 13 other war
criminals were worshiped in the State Shinto Shrine. The life of Hideki
Tojo was presently made into a movie and glorified as a people’s hero.
This should be construed as Japan’s ridicule and reversal of the verdicts
of the Far East International Tribunal.
According to a 1968
resolution of United Nations General Assembly, the prescription of reparations
for war crime victims was without statutory time limits. Japan had committed
atrocious war crimes, killing, at least, 35 million, with the majority
being civilians and captives. They used men, women and babies for bayonet
and target practices, held decapitation contests, buried them alive, disemboweled
women after raping. They roasted and burned captives after dousing with
gasoline. The degree of brutality and human suffering was unparalleled
As for looting and
property damages, China had claimed, in 1947, to the International Committee
of Far East of US$51.7 billion, not including those of Manchuria, Taiwan,
and a part of North China. With a reasonable multiplier 120, such minimum
claim should be US$6.204 trillion today.
However, except a
token compensation for Chinese Government of estimated US$40 million was
made in 1948-49, Japan denied to issue a formal apology, refused to pay
reparations to victims of its war crimes. The Japanese misrepresented the
history of invasion as a war for establishing “Co-prosperous Sphere of
Great SE Asia,” to liberate Asian yellow race from the slavery of white
people. Under the name of self-defense, their military forces are built
up. Their military budget is only second to the U.S.A. today; they piled
up nuclear material, enough to make 1,000 atomic bombs. In 1997 they invaded
Diaoyutai, an island 120 miles from the shores of Taiwan. Without the watchful
eyes of the world and restraint of the super power, Japan is liable to
become an aggressive invader again.