Quotes / Second Sino-Japanese War

Keep men, lose land: land can be taken again. Keep land, lose men: land and men are both lost.
Mao Zedong, 1939

We shall not lightly talk about sacrifice until we are driven to the last extreme which makes sacrifice inevitable.
Chiang Kai-Shek, 1939

The Greater East Asian War was righteous and justified.
General Hideki Tojo, 1946

— Memo from Prince Yasuhiko Asaka, ordering the Nanking massacre

The war created the conditions for our victory! If I ought to thank anyone, it should be the Japanese militarists.
Mao Zedong, when a Japanese delegation offered an apology for wartime atrocities in the early 1960s.