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The Japanese killing babies in WWII Japan should have been held accountable

By the US Just like the Germans were.



The Second World War was horrific in many aspects. While the Nazi’s tried to wipe out an entire race of people, the Japanese were not much better. History is an odd thing, not all events are written down correctly or not even at all, or worse yet, known but often not talked about. The atrocities committed by the Japanese military during World War II are so brutal that it is almost impossible to comprehend them.

 The Nanking Massacre defied any human compassion in fact it is the opposite. In 1937, at the beginning of the Sino-Japanese War was the conflict between Japan and China and would eventually become the Pacific branch of World War Two, the Japanese invaded Nanking, the capital city of Nationalist China. The atrocities began in December of 1937 and continued into 1938. As many as 300,000 Chinese civilians were killed, and as many as 80,000 Chinese women were raped. The Japanese bayoneted infants, forced family members to rape one another, beheaded children, threw bodies into wells to poison the water supply, and buried civilians alive. It was the first of many such types of massacres the Japanese carried out.

In POW camps the prisoners were held under horrible conditions, the prisoners in the far North of China often froze to death while POW’s in the southern camps  were subject to tropical disease, jungle rot, relentless heat, infected water, and imprisonment in tiny enclosures exposed to the brutal midday sun.   The Kempeitai, a Japanese secret police group equivalent to the Gestapo, ran these camps, and would subject prisoners to beatings, torture, and death by beheading, bayoneting, and machine-gun execution.

Japanese army forced as many as 200,000 women into prostitution. Called ---comfort women---, some as young as 16 years old, these primarily Korean sex slaves were sent throughout East Asia to work in brothels catering to the Japanese military. The brothels operated long hours and women were rarely granted time off, meaning they were raped repeatedly every day for years.

Unit 731 was a top-secret Japanese military unit responsible for medical and chemical weapons research that was as bad as what the Germans were carrying out in Germany.  The unit field tested so-called “plague bombs” by dropping disease-infected weapons over cities to see whether it would cause outbreaks, as many as 3000+ Chinese civilians died from these diseases. 

As many as 300,000 people died as a result of Unit 731's research. At its notorious base in Pingfang, China, doctors put people in pressure chambers, to see how much pressure the human body could withstand before exploding; There were huge glass test tubes of  GI bodies which had been cut in half lengthwise, there were jars of severed heads all of GI soldiers. They infected civilians with diseases, then dissected them without anesthetic to examine the effects of the disease; left POWs outside to freeze to death in order to investigate potential cures for frostbite; and amputated subject's limbs to learn about blood loss. These acts were similar to the Germans research on frostbite.

Bangka Massacre--- As Allied forces deserted Singapore after the Japanese took over, Japanese planes bombed the sea in an effort to sink as many fleeing transport ships as possible. One ship was filled with 65 Australian nurses, 53 managed to swim to the  Japanese-controlled island of Bangka after their transport sunk.
Japanese soldiers rounded up as many people as they could find, including injured servicemen, Allied soldiers, and the nurses, all of whom swam to the island, set up a machine gun on the beach, ordered everyone to walk into the shallows, and mowed them down. Only two survived the massacre.

The Japanese held many massacres throughout the war, even massacring people after the Japanese had surrendered. The Japanese took POW’s with them as they retreated through the jungles, starving the prisoners, killing them periodically, when the Japanese came to their evacuation point they bayonetted the survivors, only a hand full of prisoners survived the trek as they escaped out into the jungle.

The Japanese killed everyone in several different hospitals including the doctors and nurses. The Japanese were very barbaric people.

The Palawan POW camp in the Philippines was, as with all Japanese-run POW camps, a hellish place. According to survivor accounts, two American soldiers who took papaya from a tree to avoid starvation had their left arms broken with a metal pipe.
On December 14, 1944, the Japanese forced all 150 Americans in the camp into wooden buildings. They then lit the buildings on fire. Between 30 and 40 men managed to escape the burning buildings. Some tried to escape by swimming into a nearby bay and were shot. Others tried to hide amongst rocks by the bay. They were mostly found and shot. Only 11 Americans survived that night, those who escaped the fires, subsequent shooting, and the five-mile swim across the bay.

Operation Sook Ching, “purge through cleansing,” in Chinese; or, in Japanese, Operation Dai Kensho, “great inspection.” The operation resulted in multiple massacres, typically by machine gun, of groups of ethnically Chinese men. The official Japanese death toll for the operation was 5,000, though according to a Japanese reporter in Singapore in 1942, the number was around 25,000. 

When the Allies surrendered East Java to the Japanese, some soldiers escaped into the hills and formed resistance groups. The Kempeitai (military police) eventually captured the soldiers, forced them into three-foot-long bamboo boxes made for carting pigs, and transported them in exposed trucks and rail cars through 100+ degree heat to the coast, where they were loaded onto boats. The boats then took the soldiers out to sea, and dumped them, still in the pig baskets, into shark-infested waters. Thus named The Pig Basket Massacre. The Japanese also practiced cannibalism at certain camps, if eating other people was not horrible enough the Japanese cut flesh off the prisoners while they were alive. 

While history reports on the terrible acts which the Germans carried out against the Jewish people and how the world was horrified. History hides what the Japanese did to countless other people. Their dastardly deeds included the capture, torture and killing of native people who lived on the numerous islands in the Pacific. Often these native people were not involved in the war but the Japanese killed them anyway.

I think these war atrocities should be made known to the world and not left hidden in suppressed history data. We need to acknowledge these acts so the people, who were massacred, tortured to death and so on did not die in vain.

War is never good, death come to countless, but to carry out such horrible acts on another human beings is beyond the pale and Japan should have been held accountable just like the Germans were.





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