This video is the film The Rape of Nanking – Nanjing Massacre -English Language Edition; part I.
This is part II.
By John Chan:
8 January 2009
A scandal that erupted last year involving the chief of staff of the Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF), Toshio Tamogami, has highlighted the resurgence of militarism within sections of the Japanese political establishment. Tamogami was sacked from his post in October after he won an essay competition with an entry that justified Japanese military aggression in the 1930s and 1940s.
The “True Modern History” essay competition was organised by the APA Group, a Tokyo-based real estate developer, to challenge the prevailing official ideology that acknowledges in a limited fashion that Japan was guilty of aggression. APA Group CEO Toshio Motoya is well known in Japan for his right-wing views and as a close supporter of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
While Tamogami insisted on his right to enter the competition, it is clear that his essay was aimed at provoking a public debate aimed at reviving the ethos of Japanese militarism and freeing the armed forces from the constraints of the so-called pacifist clause in the constitution. The Asahi Shimbun reported last month that Motoya had personally intervened to ensure that Tamogami won the 3 million yen prize. Despite the fact that the identity of participants was meant to be kept secret, Tamogami chose to make his involvement public, thereby provoking a furore.
Tamogami’s essay, “Was Japan an Aggressor Nation?”, was an open apology for the crimes of Japanese colonialism. He justified the stationing of Japanese troops in China from the early twentieth century on the grounds that it was authorised by an international treaty imposed by eight imperialist powers after the crushing of the anti-colonial Boxers Rebellion in 1900. His argument is a classic example of justifying one’s own crimes by pointing to those of others—in this case, Western colonial powers.
A Tokyo court rejected compensation claims on Monday by Chinese construction workers after they broke open barrels of World War II poison gas abandoned by the Japanese army: here.
Hundreds of South Korean protesters including former sex slaves have gathered in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, saying that an apology issued by the prime minister for Japan’s past colonial rule of Korea was not enough: here.