History UsefulNotes / ImperialJapan

14th Jan '17 12:08:35 PM GhostLad
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It should be noted that despite Imperial Japan's horrific war crimes and allying a [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany genocidal regime]], Japan was ironically one of the safe havens for Jews during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. This is mainly because unlike many European countries, Japan never had a history of fervent anti-Semitism due the Japan's history of resisting the influence of Christianity in their lands. While Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda ''did'' made its way into Japan and the Nazi regime did pressure Japan to extradite or implement the Nazi racial policies throughout their empire, Japan refused to do so noted that 1) The Jewish population within the Japanese empire is ''very'' minimal, meaning it's completely meaningless to hunt down a religious minority within a huge Empire that can only be traveled within the sea, 2) The Japanese do not want to further anger the Allied forces that would result in more repercussions from the Allies, 3) The Japanese ''did'' bought into the Nazi anti-Semetic propaganda, but for a completely different reason, since Japan lacking a history of anti-Semitism and strong influence of Christianity in Japan, the Japanese see the Jews as ''valuable assets'' to the Japanese empire for wealth and science instead (In addition, many of the Nazi propaganda compared the Jews to 'Asiatic/Mongoloid' inferior race, which more or less [[InsultBackfire backfired on the Nazis]] since the Nazis ''did'' see the Japanese people to be inferior to the "Aryan" race). Nevertheless, anti-Semitism never hit mainstream in Japan, as many Jews fleeing from the Holocaust did manage to flee to Japan and integrate into Japanese society. There is even a Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who risked his carrier to save thousands of Jewish lives, and the Imperial Japanese government relocated many Jews in various parts of their empire (one of which is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Ghetto Shanghai Ghetto]]).

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It should be noted that despite Imperial Japan's horrific war crimes and allying a [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany genocidal regime]], Japan was ironically one of the safe havens for Jews during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. This is mainly because unlike many European countries, Japan never had a history of fervent anti-Semitism due the Japan's history of resisting the influence of Christianity in their lands. While Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda ''did'' made its way into Japan and the Nazi regime did pressure Japan to extradite or implement the Nazi racial policies throughout their empire, Japan refused to do so noted that 1) The Jewish population within the Japanese empire is ''very'' minimal, meaning it's completely meaningless to hunt down a religious minority within a huge Empire that can only be traveled within the sea, 2) The Japanese do not want to further anger the Allied forces that would result in more repercussions from the Allies, 3) The Japanese ''did'' bought into the Nazi anti-Semetic propaganda, but for a completely different reason, since Japan lacking a history of anti-Semitism and strong influence of Christianity in Japan, the Japanese see the Jews as ''valuable assets'' to the Japanese empire for wealth and science instead (In addition, many of the Nazi propaganda compared the Jews to 'Asiatic/Mongoloid' inferior race, which more or less [[InsultBackfire backfired on the Nazis]] since the Nazis ''did'' see the Japanese people to be inferior to the "Aryan" race). Nevertheless, anti-Semitism never hit mainstream in Japan, as many Jews fleeing from the Holocaust did manage to flee to Japan and integrate into Japanese society. There is even a Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who risked his carrier career to save thousands of Jewish lives, and the Imperial Japanese government relocated many Jews in various parts of their empire (one of which is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Ghetto Shanghai Ghetto]]).
11th Dec '16 11:44:01 AM nombretomado
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* Aside from the Anglo-American and Arthurian aspects, The Holy Britannian Empire in ''CodeGeass'' also borrows some elements from Imperial Japan circa UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. This is especially evident in how conquered people are referred to by numbers and the Empire's general treatment of anyone ''not'' considered Britannian. Ironically enough, the series has ''the Japanese themselves'' in the receiving end of all this (aka Area 11).

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* Aside from the Anglo-American and Arthurian aspects, The Holy Britannian Empire in ''CodeGeass'' ''Franchise/CodeGeass'' also borrows some elements from Imperial Japan circa UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. This is especially evident in how conquered people are referred to by numbers and the Empire's general treatment of anyone ''not'' considered Britannian. Ironically enough, the series has ''the Japanese themselves'' in the receiving end of all this (aka Area 11).
7th Dec '16 7:54:52 AM Nithael
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It should be noted that despite Imperial Japan's horrific war crimes and allying a [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany genocidal regime]], Japan was ironically one of the safe havens for Jews during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. This is mainly because unlike many European countries, Japan never had a history of fervent anti-Semitism due the Japan's history of resisting the influence of Christianity in their lands. While Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda ''did'' made it's way into Japan and the Nazi regime did pressure Japan to extradite or implement the Nazi racial policies throughout their empire, Japan refused to do so noted that 1) The Jewish population within the Japanese empire is ''very'' minimal, meaning it's completely meaningless to hunt down a religious minority within a huge Empire that can only be traveled within the sea, 2) The Japanese do not want to further anger the Allied forces that would result in more repercussions from the Allies, 3) The Japanese ''did'' bought into the Nazi anti-Semetic propaganda, but for a completely different reason, since Japan lacking a history of anti-Semitism and strong influence of Christianity in Japan, the Japanese see the Jews as ''valuable assets'' to the Japanese empire for wealth and science instead (In addition, many of the Nazi propaganda compared the Jews to 'Asiatic/Mongoloid' inferior race, which more or less [[InsultBackfire backfired on the Nazis]] since the Nazis ''did'' see the Japanese people to be inferior to the "Aryan" race). Nevertheless, anti-Semitism never hit mainstream in Japan, as many Jews fleeing from the Holocaust did manage to flee to Japan and integrate into Japanese society. There is even a Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who risked his carrier to save thousands of Jewish lives, and the Imperial Japanese government relocated many Jews in various parts of their empire (one of which is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Ghetto Shanghai Ghetto]]).

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It should be noted that despite Imperial Japan's horrific war crimes and allying a [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany genocidal regime]], Japan was ironically one of the safe havens for Jews during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. This is mainly because unlike many European countries, Japan never had a history of fervent anti-Semitism due the Japan's history of resisting the influence of Christianity in their lands. While Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda ''did'' made it's its way into Japan and the Nazi regime did pressure Japan to extradite or implement the Nazi racial policies throughout their empire, Japan refused to do so noted that 1) The Jewish population within the Japanese empire is ''very'' minimal, meaning it's completely meaningless to hunt down a religious minority within a huge Empire that can only be traveled within the sea, 2) The Japanese do not want to further anger the Allied forces that would result in more repercussions from the Allies, 3) The Japanese ''did'' bought into the Nazi anti-Semetic propaganda, but for a completely different reason, since Japan lacking a history of anti-Semitism and strong influence of Christianity in Japan, the Japanese see the Jews as ''valuable assets'' to the Japanese empire for wealth and science instead (In addition, many of the Nazi propaganda compared the Jews to 'Asiatic/Mongoloid' inferior race, which more or less [[InsultBackfire backfired on the Nazis]] since the Nazis ''did'' see the Japanese people to be inferior to the "Aryan" race). Nevertheless, anti-Semitism never hit mainstream in Japan, as many Jews fleeing from the Holocaust did manage to flee to Japan and integrate into Japanese society. There is even a Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who risked his carrier to save thousands of Jewish lives, and the Imperial Japanese government relocated many Jews in various parts of their empire (one of which is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Ghetto Shanghai Ghetto]]).



* Tarzan and “The Foreign Legion”, the last written of the initial Tarzan novels, written appropriately in April–June 1944 in Honolulu during the author's service as a war correspondent.
* Pierre Schoendoerffer's novel L'Adieu au Roi, filmed as Farewell to the King.
* JamesClavell's novel ''KingRat'' is set in a Japanese POW camp during WW2.

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* Tarzan ''Tarzan and “The The Foreign Legion”, Legion'', the last written of the initial Tarzan novels, written appropriately in April–June 1944 in Honolulu during the author's service as a war correspondent.
* Pierre Schoendoerffer's novel L'Adieu ''L'adieu au Roi, roi'', filmed as Farewell ''Farewell to the King.
King''.
* JamesClavell's Creator/JamesClavell's novel ''KingRat'' is set in a Japanese POW camp during WW2.
7th Dec '16 5:18:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[GodEmperor Emperor Hirohito]]'' [[note]] Note that calling an emperor by his personal name (in this case "Hirohito") is considered rude in Japanese culture. Emulating the rulers of the Song Empire (of China), about a millenia ago Japanese Emperors established a precedent of being called by their 'reign name'. Hirohito's reign name, and the name used if you want to be respectful to Hirohito, is 'Showa' (with a deep 'o', as in 'shawl'). [[/note]] : Hirohito was 124th Emperor of Japan during the Showa Period (1926-1989). In 1940 under Hirohito’s leadership, Japan signed the Tripartite pact with UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and UsefulNotes/FascistItaly. Hirohito chose hardlined General Hideki Tojo to prepare a policy review. Tojo along with the chiefs of staff for the Army and Navy convinced Hirohito to opt for war. Hirohito’s involvement in Japans war effort has been controversial to say the least with some saying that Hideki Tojo was forced to take all blame so Hirohito could save face and others saying that he was a puppet for [[DragonInChief Hideki Tojo]] and the leaders of the Japanese military.
* ''UsefulNotes/HidekiTojo'': He has his own page.
* ''[[AssInAmbassador Tosuke Matsuoka]]'': Tosuke Matsuoka was the Japanese Foreign Minister from the Manchurian Incident to the first few years of World War 2. He spent almost a decade studying in American in the late 19th Century and later joined the Japanese foreign ministry department. In 1933 he announced Japan’s decision to leave the League of Nations in a speech where he [[InsaneTrollLogic blamed China for the war because they were defying Japan]]. He signed the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy and pushed for a Japanese invasion of Eastern Russia.
* ''[[FourStarBadass Isoroku Yamamoto]]'': Admiral Yamamoto was one of the few moderate military leaders in the Japanese junta during World War 2. He was one of Japan's most well-travelled commanders, with his years spent in the USA giving him a much better conception of the American mindset (i.e. not exactly 'weak-willed' or 'craven'). This put him at odds with the Navy high command, many of whose members had (never left the country and so had) truly dismal understandings of their would-be 'enemies'.
* ''[[MagnificentBastard Tomoyuki Yamashita]]'': General Yamashita was Japan’s Rommel. He was a brilliant strategist best known for his blitzkrieg bluff conquest of Malaya and Singapore and causing the biggest British capitulation in history. Hideki Tojo saw him as a rival for power and had him [[ReassignedToAntarctica relocated to Manchuria]]. He was one of the nicer members of the Japanese high command and on one occasion after a hospital full of Allied personnel massacre he had the instigators executed and personally apologized. He was executed as a war criminal after the Japanese surrender for being unable to stop his soldiers' crimes in what became known as the Yamashita Principal.


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* ''[[GodEmperor [[GodEmperor Emperor Hirohito]]'' Hirohito]] [[note]] Note that calling an emperor by his personal name (in this case "Hirohito") is considered rude in Japanese culture. Emulating the rulers of the Song Empire (of China), about a millenia ago Japanese Emperors established a precedent of being called by their 'reign name'. Hirohito's reign name, and the name used if you want to be respectful to Hirohito, is 'Showa' (with a deep 'o', as in 'shawl'). [[/note]] : Hirohito was 124th Emperor of Japan during the Showa Period (1926-1989). In 1940 under Hirohito’s leadership, Japan signed the Tripartite pact with UsefulNotes/NaziGermany and UsefulNotes/FascistItaly. Hirohito chose hardlined General Hideki Tojo to prepare a policy review. Tojo along with the chiefs of staff for the Army and Navy convinced Hirohito to opt for war. Hirohito’s involvement in Japans war effort has been controversial to say the least with some saying that Hideki Tojo was forced to take all blame so Hirohito could save face and others saying that he was a puppet for [[DragonInChief Hideki Tojo]] and the leaders of the Japanese military.
* ''UsefulNotes/HidekiTojo'': UsefulNotes/HidekiTojo: He has his own page.
* ''[[AssInAmbassador [[AssInAmbassador Tosuke Matsuoka]]'': Matsuoka]]: Tosuke Matsuoka was the Japanese Foreign Minister from the Manchurian Incident to the first few years of World War 2. He spent almost a decade studying in American in the late 19th Century and later joined the Japanese foreign ministry department. In 1933 he announced Japan’s decision to leave the League of Nations in a speech where he [[InsaneTrollLogic blamed China for the war because they were defying Japan]]. He signed the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy and pushed for a Japanese invasion of Eastern Russia.
* ''[[FourStarBadass [[FourStarBadass Isoroku Yamamoto]]'': Yamamoto]]: Admiral Yamamoto was one of the few moderate military leaders in the Japanese junta during World War 2. He was one of Japan's most well-travelled commanders, with his years spent in the USA giving him a much better conception of the American mindset (i.e. not exactly 'weak-willed' or 'craven'). This put him at odds with the Navy high command, many of whose members had (never left the country and so had) truly dismal understandings of their would-be 'enemies'.
* ''[[MagnificentBastard [[MagnificentBastard Tomoyuki Yamashita]]'': Yamashita]]: General Yamashita was Japan’s Rommel. He was a brilliant strategist best known for his blitzkrieg bluff conquest of Malaya and Singapore and causing the biggest British capitulation in history. Hideki Tojo saw him as a rival for power and had him [[ReassignedToAntarctica relocated to Manchuria]]. He was one of the nicer members of the Japanese high command and on one occasion after a hospital full of Allied personnel massacre he had the instigators executed and personally apologized. He was executed as a war criminal after the Japanese surrender for being unable to stop his soldiers' crimes in what became known as the Yamashita Principal.

7th Dec '16 5:17:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''An Artist of the Floating World'' by Kazuo Ishiguro. After the war, an artist is confronted by the consequences of his past as a fervent militarist and painter of propaganda posters.
* ''The Rape of Nanking'' by Iris Chang (whose grandparents escaped the massacre). Provides much historical information about this event. Unfortunately, she committed suicide a few years after writing it.
* In earlier and less brutal times (1878 and 1905, to be specific), but still in ''Imperial'' Japan: ''[[Literature/ErastFandorin The Diamond Chariot]]''.
* Also in earlier and less brutal times, the Puccini {{opera}} ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' (set in 1904).



* ''The Escapist'', a tie-in comic from ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'' features an AnimEsque version of the character, supposedly a licensed version from a Japanese publisher. Playing with the original's typical [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] anti-axis themes, this version is an ex-kamikaze pilot who miraculously survived and is sent on a mystical quest to free the souls of all the people his father, a 731 MadScientist, tortured and killed. The book wryly acknowledges that a real Japanese would ''never'' come up with this sort of story, implying the creator was actually Clay working under a pseudonym, trying in his own strange way to convince the Japanese to own up to their unfortunate past. Unsurprisingly, this version was said to be a massive flop.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merry_Christmas_Mr_Lawrence Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence]] a 1983 movie written by Nagisha Oshima and Paul Mayersberg and based on Laurens van der Post's experiences during World War II as a prisoner of war as depicted in his works The Seed and the Sower (1963) and The Night of the New Moon (1970).



* During one of the later arcs of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Ushiromiya Kinzo has a flashback of his days as an imperial soldier… [[GreatOffscreenWar doing absolutely nothing]]. Then [[spoiler: the [[NaziGold Fascist Gold]] arrives]].
** While in ''Umineko'', WWII is merely used as a context for a meeting between two characters, Ryūkishi07's next work ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'' explores it in much more detail (with a different outcome − Japan is occupied not only by the USA, but also China). One of the protagonists, Leo Shishigami, while conscious in hindsight that "freeing Asia from Western colonialism" was just pretty propaganda, has formed a strong bond with south-eastern Asian fighters he instructed during the war, and in Season 2 [[spoiler:[[PutOnABus goes back to their country to fight with them in the guerilla.]]]] Talks about [[WarIsHell the hell of the front]], [[ShellShockedVeteran psychological trauma]], but also Japanese responsibility and guilt, or even the way [[JustFollowingOrders Japanese soldiers tried to justify themselves]] are quite frequent.
* One of the {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s of ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'' is Takeo Masaki, an AxCrazy BloodKnight obsessed with honor to the point that he tattooed the word inside of his eyelids. Ironically, he's the ''least'' crazy of the playable characters.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixth_Column Sixth Column]]'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein is an SF novel written about a year before Pearl Harbor. In it, Imperian Japan has fused with the rest of Asia and conquered North America. Atrocities ensue. This novel was written in response to the imperial excesses of Japan at the time.
** Also Pan-Asian sentiment, something you see in H.G. Wells's 'the coming war' or whatever it was called. Something Japan has been advocating since the mid-1800s.
** Interestingly, Heinlein was working from a treatment by the incredibly influential (and equally incredibly racist) editor John Campbell, and actually toned the man's racism much, ''much'' down. ''Sixth Column'' still ended as one of his most racist works, if not ''the'' one.

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* During one of the later arcs of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Ushiromiya Kinzo has a flashback of his days as an imperial soldier… [[GreatOffscreenWar doing absolutely nothing]]. Then [[spoiler: the [[NaziGold Fascist Gold]] arrives]].
** While in ''Umineko'', WWII is merely used as a context for a meeting between two characters, Ryūkishi07's next work ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'' explores it in much more detail (with a different outcome − Japan is occupied not only by the USA, but also China). One of the protagonists, Leo Shishigami, while conscious in hindsight that "freeing Asia from Western colonialism" was just pretty propaganda, has formed a strong bond with south-eastern Asian fighters he instructed during the war, and in Season 2 [[spoiler:[[PutOnABus goes back to their country to fight with them in the guerilla.]]]] Talks about [[WarIsHell the hell of the front]], [[ShellShockedVeteran psychological trauma]], but also Japanese responsibility and guilt, or even the way [[JustFollowingOrders Japanese soldiers tried to justify themselves]] are quite frequent.
* One of the {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s of ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'' is Takeo Masaki, an AxCrazy BloodKnight obsessed with honor to the point that he tattooed the word inside of his eyelids. Ironically, he's the ''least'' crazy of the playable characters.
* ''[[http://en.
[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixth_Column Sixth Column]]'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein is an SF novel org/wiki/Merry_Christmas_Mr_Lawrence Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence]] a 1983 movie written about by Nagisha Oshima and Paul Mayersberg and based on Laurens van der Post's experiences during World War II as a year before Pearl Harbor. In it, Imperian Japan has fused with prisoner of war as depicted in his works The Seed and the rest of Asia Sower (1963) and conquered North America. Atrocities ensue. This novel was written in response to The Night of the imperial excesses of Japan at the time.
** Also Pan-Asian sentiment, something you see in H.G. Wells's 'the coming war' or whatever it was called. Something Japan has been advocating since the mid-1800s.
** Interestingly, Heinlein was working from a treatment by the incredibly influential (and equally incredibly racist) editor John Campbell, and actually toned the man's racism much, ''much'' down. ''Sixth Column'' still ended as one of his most racist works, if not ''the'' one.
New Moon (1970).



* ''Literature/TheFivePeopleYouMeetInHeaven'' explores the main character's imprisonment in a POW camp in the Philippines, run under a brutal, crazy Japanese soldier, who beat a US soldier to death while working in the mines. There is ''one'' sympathetic Japanese soldier, who used to sneak the main character food. [[spoiler:He's shot in the escape.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Commandos}} 2''. A good portion of the game puts your squad against the Japanese military in the pacific.
* ''[[VideoGame/GraviteamTactics Graviteam Tactics: Nomonhan]]'' features the Imperial Japanese Army as a playable side in the battles for Khalkhin Gol.




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* ''An Artist of the Floating World'' by Kazuo Ishiguro. After the war, an artist is confronted by the consequences of his past as a fervent militarist and painter of propaganda posters.
* ''The Rape of Nanking'' by Iris Chang (whose grandparents escaped the massacre). Provides much historical information about this event. Unfortunately, she committed suicide a few years after writing it.
* In earlier and less brutal times (1878 and 1905, to be specific), but still in ''Imperial'' Japan: ''[[Literature/ErastFandorin The Diamond Chariot]]''.
* ''The Escapist'', a tie-in comic from ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'' features an AnimEsque version of the character, supposedly a licensed version from a Japanese publisher. Playing with the original's typical [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] anti-axis themes, this version is an ex-kamikaze pilot who miraculously survived and is sent on a mystical quest to free the souls of all the people his father, a 731 MadScientist, tortured and killed. The book wryly acknowledges that a real Japanese would ''never'' come up with this sort of story, implying the creator was actually Clay working under a pseudonym, trying in his own strange way to convince the Japanese to own up to their unfortunate past. Unsurprisingly, this version was said to be a massive flop.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixth_Column Sixth Column]]'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein is an SF novel written about a year before Pearl Harbor. In it, Imperian Japan has fused with the rest of Asia and conquered North America. Atrocities ensue. This novel was written in response to the imperial excesses of Japan at the time.
** Also Pan-Asian sentiment, something you see in H.G. Wells's 'the coming war' or whatever it was called. Something Japan has been advocating since the mid-1800s.
** Interestingly, Heinlein was working from a treatment by the incredibly influential (and equally incredibly racist) editor John Campbell, and actually toned the man's racism much, ''much'' down. ''Sixth Column'' still ended as one of his most racist works, if not ''the'' one.
* ''Literature/TheFivePeopleYouMeetInHeaven'' explores the main character's imprisonment in a POW camp in the Philippines, run under a brutal, crazy Japanese soldier, who beat a US soldier to death while working in the mines. There is ''one'' sympathetic Japanese soldier, who used to sneak the main character food. [[spoiler:He's shot in the escape.]]



* Saigon Singer by Van Wyck Mason dealt with recovering information on collaborators with the Dai Nippon Teikoku.



* The enemies in ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor: Rising Sun'' and ''Pacific Assault'' for obvious reasons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' deals with the fall and re-emergence of this empire, and the ideals which it believed in. This makes Japan really violent and racist, and leads to them [[spoiler:brainwashing American children and destroying democracy in America.]]



* The first two ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' games takes place around UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. The first involved Japan-occupied Shanghai while the second has the characters travel to Japan.
* The FightingGame ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'' is ambiented in a {{dystopia}}n Earth that is clearly inspired by both ThoseWackyNazis and ImperialJapan. TheProtagonist, Akatsuki, is an officer of said world's former [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Navy]], who has spent several years [[HumanPopsicle frozen]] after a botched mission in the Arctic Pole; when he wakes up 50 years after the world's equivalent of WWII, he's pursued by many people [[LivingMacGuffin due to the knowledge and power he holds]].

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* The first two ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' games takes place around UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. The first involved Japan-occupied Shanghai while the second has the characters travel to Japan.
* The FightingGame ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'' is ambiented in a {{dystopia}}n Earth that is clearly inspired by both ThoseWackyNazis and ImperialJapan. TheProtagonist, Akatsuki, is an officer of said world's former [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Navy]], who has spent several years [[HumanPopsicle frozen]] after a botched mission in the Arctic Pole; when he wakes up 50 years after the world's equivalent of WWII, he's pursued by many people [[LivingMacGuffin due to the knowledge and power he holds]].

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* Also in earlier and less brutal times, the Puccini {{opera}} ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' (set in 1904).

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* One of the {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s of ''VideoGame/NaziZombies'' is Takeo Masaki, an AxCrazy BloodKnight obsessed with honor to the point that he tattooed the word inside of his eyelids. Ironically, he's the ''least'' crazy of the playable characters.
* ''VideoGame/{{Commandos}} 2''. A good portion of the game puts your squad against the Japanese military in the pacific.
* ''[[VideoGame/GraviteamTactics Graviteam Tactics: Nomonhan]]'' features the Imperial Japanese Army as a playable side in the battles for Khalkhin Gol.
* The enemies in ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor: Rising Sun'' and ''Pacific Assault'' for obvious reasons.
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' deals with the fall and re-emergence of this empire, and the ideals which it believed in. This makes Japan really violent and racist, and leads to them [[spoiler:brainwashing American children and destroying democracy in America.]]
* The first two ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' games takes place around UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. The first involved Japan-occupied Shanghai while the second has the characters travel to Japan.
* The FightingGame ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'' is ambiented in a {{dystopia}}n Earth that is clearly inspired by both ThoseWackyNazis and ImperialJapan. TheProtagonist, Akatsuki, is an officer of said world's former [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Navy]], who has spent several years [[HumanPopsicle frozen]] after a botched mission in the Arctic Pole; when he wakes up 50 years after the world's equivalent of WWII, he's pursued by many people [[LivingMacGuffin due to the knowledge and power he holds]].

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* During one of the later arcs of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Ushiromiya Kinzo has a flashback of his days as an imperial soldier… [[GreatOffscreenWar doing absolutely nothing]]. Then [[spoiler: the [[NaziGold Fascist Gold]] arrives]].
** While in ''Umineko'', WWII is merely used as a context for a meeting between two characters, Ryūkishi07's next work ''VisualNovel/RoseGunsDays'' explores it in much more detail (with a different outcome − Japan is occupied not only by the USA, but also China). One of the protagonists, Leo Shishigami, while conscious in hindsight that "freeing Asia from Western colonialism" was just pretty propaganda, has formed a strong bond with south-eastern Asian fighters he instructed during the war, and in Season 2 [[spoiler:[[PutOnABus goes back to their country to fight with them in the guerilla.]]]] Talks about [[WarIsHell the hell of the front]], [[ShellShockedVeteran psychological trauma]], but also Japanese responsibility and guilt, or even the way [[JustFollowingOrders Japanese soldiers tried to justify themselves]] are quite frequent.

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* Saigon Singer by Van Wyck Mason dealt with recovering information on collaborators with the Dai Nippon Teikoku.


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* Also in earlier and less brutal times, the Puccini {{opera}} ''MadameButterfly'' (set in 1904).

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* Also in earlier and less brutal times, the Puccini {{opera}} ''MadameButterfly'' ''Theatre/MadameButterfly'' (set in 1904).
2nd Dec '16 5:54:02 PM DarkPaladinX
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It should be noted that despite Imperial Japan's horrific war crimes and allying a [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany genocidal regime]], Japan was ironically one of the safe havens for Jews during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. This is mainly because unlike many European countries, Japan never had a history of fervent anti-Semitism due the Japan's history of resisting the influence of Christianity in their lands. While Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda ''did'' made it's way into Japan and the Nazi regime did pressure Japan to extradite or implement the Nazi racial policies throughout their empire, Japan refused to do so noted that 1) The Jewish population within the Japanese empire is ''very'' minimal, meaning it's completely meaningless to hunt down a religious minority within a huge Empire that can only be traveled within the sea, 2) The Japanese do not want to further anger the Allied forces that would result in more repercussions from the Allies, 3) The Japanese ''did'' bought into the Nazi anti-Semetic propaganda, but for a completely different reason, since Japan lacking a history of anti-Semitism and strong influence of Christianity in Japan, the Japanese see the Jews as ''valuable assets'' to the Japanese empire for wealth and science instead (In addition, many of the Nazi propaganda compared the Jews to 'Asiatic/Mongoloid' inferior race, which more or less [[InsultBackfire backfired on the Nazis]] since the Nazis ''did'' see the Japanese people to be inferior to the "Aryan" race). Nevertheless, anti-Semitism never hit mainstream in Japan, as many Jews fleeing from the Holocaust did manage to flee to Japan and integrate into Japanese society. There is even a Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who risked his carrier to save thousands of Jewish lives, and the Imperial Japanese government relocated many Jews in various parts of their empire (one of which is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Ghetto Shanghai Ghetto]]).
6th Nov '16 1:15:33 PM wootzits
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* The incompetent, war-crazy Keron Empire in ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' is largely a satire of Imperial Japan. This is PlayedForLaughs--even their tendency to think military force can solve anything, their 731-style scientist's experimenting on humans and their name for Earth being a wordplay on a WWII-era ethnic slur against the Chinese has made the series.

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* The incompetent, war-crazy Keron Empire in ''Manga/KeroroGunsou'' ''Manga/SgtFrog'' is largely a satire of Imperial Japan. This is PlayedForLaughs--even their tendency to think military force can solve anything, their 731-style scientist's experimenting on humans and their name for Earth being a wordplay on a WWII-era ethnic slur against the Chinese has made the series.
20th Oct '16 10:24:10 AM Morgenthaler
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The UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar was the result of Japanese gung-ho militarism -- though not in the sense one might expect. It was actually Chinese nationalism, which had been incensed by Japan's actions in particular since the Sino-Japanese War of 1895 and the seizure of the warlord Zhang Xueliang's territory[[note]] The Three Eastern Provinces, aka 'Manzhouguo' or 'Manchuria'[[/note]] in 1931, [[TheDogBitesBack that sparked the latest round of border-incidents in the summer of 1937 into a full-blown war]]. Ironically, figures within the Imperial General Staff and Army had in 1937 just begun to appreciate the fact that antagonising [[UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek Chiang Kai-Shek's]] [[NoMoreEmperors anti-socialist party-state]] was unproductive given the mutual threat posed by Soviet Russia.

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The UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar was the result of Japanese gung-ho militarism -- though not in the sense one might expect. It was actually Chinese nationalism, which had been incensed by Japan's actions in particular since the Sino-Japanese War of 1895 and the seizure of the warlord Zhang Xueliang's territory[[note]] The Three Eastern Provinces, aka 'Manzhouguo' or 'Manchuria'[[/note]] in 1931, [[TheDogBitesBack that sparked the latest round of border-incidents in the summer of 1937 into a full-blown war]]. Ironically, figures within the Imperial General Staff and Army had in 1937 just begun to appreciate the fact that antagonising [[UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek Chiang Kai-Shek's]] [[NoMoreEmperors [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors anti-socialist party-state]] was unproductive given the mutual threat posed by Soviet Russia.
20th Oct '16 9:45:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* The FightingGame ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'' is ambiented in a {{dystopia}}n Earth that is clearly inspired by both ThoseWackyNazis and ImperialJapan. TheProtagonist, Akatsuki, is an officer of said world's former [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Navy]], who has spent several years [[HumanPopsicle frozen]] after a botched mission in the Arctic Pole; when he wakes up 50 years after the world's equivalent of WWII, he's pursued by many people [[LivingMacGuffin due to the knowledge and power he holds]].

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* The FightingGame ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'' is ambiented in a {{dystopia}}n Earth that is clearly inspired by both ThoseWackyNazis and ImperialJapan. TheProtagonist, Akatsuki, is an officer of said world's former [[KatanasOfTheRisingSun [[UsefulNotes/KatanasOfTheRisingSun Imperial Navy]], who has spent several years [[HumanPopsicle frozen]] after a botched mission in the Arctic Pole; when he wakes up 50 years after the world's equivalent of WWII, he's pursued by many people [[LivingMacGuffin due to the knowledge and power he holds]].
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