I've been reading about the Far East today. Something my brother mentioned in conversation about a certain Unit 731 made me get online and read up. Three hours into Project Far East, and I am in shock.
Vivisection on human beings, sans anasthesia? Crazy experimentation on organ removals, pregnant women impregnated by doctors and then their foetuses subjected to disease carrying bacteria? Open canibalism in the Imperial Japanese Army.. wow. I thought I studied history, I thought the Japs masaccred people, buried them in open graves. What the history books DID NOT document (and I know this, because I loved my history book) was crazy time.
I mean Schindler's List popularised the plight of so many of the victims in Europe. What about the Asians.. read ... (ripped off wikipedia)
"It may be pointless to try to establish which World War Two Axis aggressor, Germany or Japan, was the more brutal to the peoples it victimised. The Germans killed six million Jews and 20 million Russians [i.e. Soviet citizenss]; the Japanese slaughtered as many as 30 million Filipinoss, Malayss, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Indonesianss and Burmesee, at least 23 million of them ethnic Chinese. Both nations looted the countries they conquered on a monumental scale, though Japan plundered more, over a longer period, than the Nazis. Both conquerors enslaved millions and exploited them as forced labourers—and, in the case of the Japanese, as forced prostitutes for front-line troops. If you were a Nazi prisoner of war from Britain, America, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (but not Russia) you faced a 4% chance of not surviving the war; [by comparison] the death rate for Allied POWs held by the Japanese was nearly 30%."
How did we all forget about this? And the fact that so many of those who committed this crime remain under amnesty protection (for being co-operative with the Allies, they got freedom & the Allies stopped the advent of communism in the Far East). The anger at this sudden knowledge & the disgust.
More than that, the proud denial of these crimes by the Japs.. the refusal to consider these actions as criminal & the continued classification and systematic destruction of documents and evidence linked to these events/plans/experiments/strategies is simply dumbfounding.
So sayonara sashimi, sushi & udon. Hell, I'll quit the ramen too if I have to, to make myself feel better. And no, no Ichiban lip gloss for me!