History UsefulNotes / ImperialJapan

14th Apr '16 11:34:55 PM MHarrington
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It is sometimes claimed that unlike Germany, which as a nation apologized for the actions of the Nazis in Europe, Japan has never formally apologized to the Asian nations that were invaded by the Japanese armies. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan Though there have been several apologies from the country's (Prime) Ministers]]. Japan has also paid [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Peace_with_Japan#Compensation_to_Allied_civilians_and_POWs over 300 billion Yen in war reparations]] to the nation-states it occupied, with some formal apologizes to former [=POWs=] by a few Japanese ambassadors. However, the lack of a Japanese counterpart of "Denazification" and (extremely) cautious treatment of the mention of the subject in school textbooks makes Asians that lived through the Japanese occupation continue to see the Japanese as generally unrepentant and being possessed of a disgustingly cavalier attitude toward the actions of their grandparents' and great-grandparents' generation. It should however be noted that virtually all Japanese school history textbooks do describe Japanese war atrocities (and in particular, the Rape of Nanking), and despite the recent attempt by the right-wing [[PropagandaMachine Society for History Textbook Reform]] to introduce a textbook omitting/casting doubt on the Nanking Massacre, comfort women, and general colonial nastiness, widespread protests and denunciation by the Japanese Teachers' Union led to the book being introduced in a measly 18 of the country's 11,000+ junior high schools.

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It is sometimes claimed that unlike Germany, which as a nation apologized for the actions of the Nazis in Europe, Japan has never formally apologized to the Asian nations that were invaded by the Japanese armies. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan Though Yet there have been several apologies from the country's (Prime) Ministers]]. Japan has also paid [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Peace_with_Japan#Compensation_to_Allied_civilians_and_POWs over 300 billion Yen in war reparations]] to the nation-states it occupied, with some formal apologizes to former [=POWs=] by a few Japanese ambassadors. However, the lack of a Japanese counterpart of "Denazification" and (extremely) cautious treatment of the mention of the subject in school textbooks makes Asians that lived through the Japanese occupation continue to see the Japanese as generally unrepentant and being possessed of a disgustingly cavalier attitude toward the actions of their grandparents' and great-grandparents' generation. It On the other hand, it should however be noted that virtually all Japanese school history textbooks do describe Japanese war atrocities (and in particular, the Rape of Nanking), and despite the recent attempt by the right-wing [[PropagandaMachine Society for History Textbook Reform]] to introduce a textbook omitting/casting doubt on the Nanking Massacre, comfort women, and general colonial nastiness, widespread protests and denunciation by the Japanese Teachers' Union led to the book being introduced in a measly 18 of the country's 11,000+ junior high schools.
27th Mar '16 6:01:51 AM gallium
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* ''Film/PearlHarbor''... what? Imperial Japan is in it. For a couple minutes. From the air. Still counts.

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* ''Film/PearlHarbor''... what? Imperial ''Film/APageOfMadness'' (1926) is set in an insane asylum sometime in the early 20th century.
* 1934 film ''Film/AStoryOfFloatingWeeds'' is about a traveling Japanese theater troupe.
* ''Film/TwentyFourEyes'' is about a schoolteacher in
Japan is in it. For a couple minutes. From before and during World War II, struggling to educate her students as the air. Still counts.government gradually grows more repressive and warlike.
* ''Film/{{Yamato}}'' is about the famous battleship and its suicidal final voyage in 1945.
27th Mar '16 5:43:48 AM gallium
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* [[Creator/AkiraKurosawa Akira Kurosawa's]] 1946 film ''No Regrets For Our Youth'' is about the persecution of student radicals, ironically from a man who likely had quite a bit to regret from his own youth in the wartime propaganda film industry.

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* [[Creator/AkiraKurosawa Akira Kurosawa's]] Creator/AkiraKurosawa's 1946 film ''No Regrets For Our Youth'' ''Film/NoRegretsForOurYouth'' is about the persecution of student radicals, ironically from a man who likely had quite a bit to regret from his own youth in the wartime propaganda film industry.
17th Mar '16 8:40:44 AM Willbyr
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** While in ''Umineko'', WWII is merely used as a context for a meeting between two characters, Ryūkishi07's next work ''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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** While in ''Umineko'', WWII is merely used as a context for a meeting between two characters, Ryūkishi07's next work ''RoseGunsDays'' ''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.
8th Feb '16 4:06:04 AM ergeis
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* Manga/FistOfTheBlueSky, prequel of Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar, takes place in China and stars Kenshiro Kasumi who came from Imperial Japan but is highly apathetic to their politics.
18th Jan '16 4:10:42 PM Willbyr
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* During one of the later arcs of ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', Ushiromiya Kinzo has a flashback of his days as an imperial soldier… [[GreatOffscreenWar doing absolutely nothing]]. Then [[spoiler: the [[NaziGold Fascist Gold]] arrives]].

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* During one of the later arcs of ''UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'', ''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]].
14th Jan '16 1:41:28 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The first few ''SakuraTaisen'' games are set in a SteamPunk Imperial Japan (based on the Taisho era rather than the later Showa one), before going to GayParee and The BigApplesauce.

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* The first few ''SakuraTaisen'' first, second, and fourth ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' games are set in a SteamPunk AlternateHistory version of Taisho-era Imperial Japan (based on (though the Taisho era rather than the later Showa one), before going third and fifth entries move to GayParee and The BigApplesauce.BigApplesauce).
30th Dec '15 9:57:21 AM StFan
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It is sometimes claimed that unlike Germany, which as a nation apologized for the actions of the Nazis in Europe, Japan has never formally apologized to the Asian nations that were invaded by the Japanese armies. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan Though there have been several apologies from the country's (Prime) Ministers]]. Japan has also paid [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Peace_with_Japan#Compensation_to_Allied_civilians_and_POWs over 300 billion Yen in war reparations]] to the nation-states it occupied, with some formal apologizes to former [=POW=]s by a few Japanese ambassadors. However, the lack of a Japanese counterpart of "De[[ThoseWackyNazis nazi]]fication" and (extremely) cautious treatment of the mention of the subject in school textbooks makes Asians that lived through the Japanese occupation continue to see the Japanese as generally unrepentant and being possessed of a disgustingly cavalier attitude toward the actions of their grandparents' and great-grandparents' generation. It should however be noted that virtually all Japanese school history textbooks do describe Japanese war atrocities (and in particular, the Rape of Nanking), and despite the recent attempt by the right-wing [[PropagandaMachine Society for History Textbook Reform]] to introduce a textbook omitting/casting doubt on the Nanking Massacre, comfort women, and general colonial nastiness, widespread protests and denunciation by the Japanese Teachers' Union led to the book being introduced in a measly 18 of the country's 11,000+ junior high schools.

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It is sometimes claimed that unlike Germany, which as a nation apologized for the actions of the Nazis in Europe, Japan has never formally apologized to the Asian nations that were invaded by the Japanese armies. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_war_apology_statements_issued_by_Japan Though there have been several apologies from the country's (Prime) Ministers]]. Japan has also paid [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Peace_with_Japan#Compensation_to_Allied_civilians_and_POWs over 300 billion Yen in war reparations]] to the nation-states it occupied, with some formal apologizes to former [=POW=]s [=POWs=] by a few Japanese ambassadors. However, the lack of a Japanese counterpart of "De[[ThoseWackyNazis nazi]]fication" "Denazification" and (extremely) cautious treatment of the mention of the subject in school textbooks makes Asians that lived through the Japanese occupation continue to see the Japanese as generally unrepentant and being possessed of a disgustingly cavalier attitude toward the actions of their grandparents' and great-grandparents' generation. It should however be noted that virtually all Japanese school history textbooks do describe Japanese war atrocities (and in particular, the Rape of Nanking), and despite the recent attempt by the right-wing [[PropagandaMachine Society for History Textbook Reform]] to introduce a textbook omitting/casting doubt on the Nanking Massacre, comfort women, and general colonial nastiness, widespread protests and denunciation by the Japanese Teachers' Union led to the book being introduced in a measly 18 of the country's 11,000+ junior high schools.



* JamesClavell's novel ''KingRat'' is set in a Japanese PoW camp during WW2.

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* JamesClavell's novel ''KingRat'' is set in a Japanese PoW POW camp during WW2.
30th Dec '15 9:18:26 AM StFan
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To compensate for these social forces a brutal disciplinary doctrine -- ostensibly based on that of the samurai, in reality based on a very selective interpretation of samurai values -- was adopted by the leaders. Historians usually point to the adoption of torture to 'toughen' soldiers up and keep them in-line as the ultimate source of Japanese brutality during the Second Sino-Japanese and Second World Wars as per the principle of 'knock-on aggression'[[note]] i.e. people who are abused are more likely to abuse others[[/note]]. Once a ready supply of 'logs' was made available thanks to the capture of Chinese troops and urban centers from 1937 onwards, it is worth noting that making new recruits murder civilians or [=POWs=] [[note]] Technically they had a choice, albeit one along the lines of 'stab him to death or we will beat you senseless every day for the six months'[[/note]] to 'blood' them was made standard practice.

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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To compensate for these social forces a brutal disciplinary doctrine -- ostensibly based on that of the samurai, in reality based on a very selective interpretation of samurai values -- was adopted by the leaders. Historians usually point to the adoption of torture to 'toughen' "toughen" soldiers up and keep them in-line as the ultimate source of Japanese brutality during the Second Sino-Japanese and Second World Wars as per the principle of 'knock-on aggression'[[note]] "knock-on aggression"[[note]] i.e. people who are abused are more likely to abuse others[[/note]]. Once a ready supply of 'logs' "logs" was made available thanks to the capture of Chinese troops and urban centers from 1937 onwards, it is worth noting that making new recruits murder civilians or [=POWs=] [[note]] Technically they had a choice, albeit one along the lines of 'stab "stab him to death or we will beat you senseless every day for the six months'[[/note]] months"[[/note]] to 'blood' "blood" them was made standard practice.

The UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar was the result of Japanese gung-ho militarism--though 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.



Some of the more infamous bits of this were the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre Nanjing Massacre]], the actions of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731 Unit 731]], and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataan_Death_March Bataan Death March]]. TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_war_crimes a page on it]]. However, it's worth noting that Japanese forces only ''directly'' killed half a million or so Chinese civilians and a couple of million combatants and POWs. The other 10-20 million merely died of [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou starvation-related diseases]] due to the seizure of crops, displacement of populations[[note]] Absolutely nobody wanted to live anywhere near a Japanese garrison, and as much as ''half'' the population of the occupied areas migrated (even if it was just to the next village) to avoid their raiding/'pacification' parties[[/note]].

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Some of the more infamous bits of this were the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanking_Massacre Nanjing Massacre]], the actions of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_731 Unit 731]], and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bataan_Death_March Bataan Death March]]. TheOtherWiki has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_war_crimes a page on it]]. However, it's worth noting that Japanese forces only ''directly'' killed half a million or so Chinese civilians and a couple of million combatants and POWs.[=POWs=]. The other 10-20 million merely died of [[NotTheFallThatKillsYou starvation-related diseases]] due to the seizure of crops, displacement of populations[[note]] Absolutely nobody wanted to live anywhere near a Japanese garrison, and as much as ''half'' the population of the occupied areas migrated (even if it was just to the next village) to avoid their raiding/'pacification' parties[[/note]].
7th Dec '15 2:52:35 AM MAI742
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* ''[[GodEmperor Emperor Hirohito]]'' [[note]] Note that calling him 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 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.

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* ''[[GodEmperor Emperor Hirohito]]'' [[note]] Note that calling him 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 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.
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