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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter five

 
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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter Four

 
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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter Three

 
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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter two

 
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Falsehoods of the Allied Nations°« Victorious Views of History, Chapter one

 
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Book Review by Tanaka Hidemichi

 
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A Guide to Understanding Comfort women Controversy

 

Anyone who wishes to arrive at an accurate understanding of the comfort-women controversy needs to be aware of five basic facts. I am referring not to opinions or perceptions, but to irrefutable, objective, social facts. Furthermore, they convey important information, ignorance of which is certain to render debates about the comfort-women problem speculative, or worse, fraudulent. The five basic factors are as follows:
1. Until the latter half of the 20th century, prostitution was legal in Japan and houses of prostitution could be found in every entertainment district. Military brothels were established in overseas war zones.
2. The majority of comfort women were Japanese; Korean comfort women received the same remuneration and treatment, and had the same responsibilities
3. °»A °∆comfort girl°« is nothing more than a prostitute or °∆professional camp follower;°… this description of the comfort women in Report No. 49, issued by the US Office of War Information, is remarkably accurate.
4. The comfort women were extremely well paid; receiving 30 to 100 times more than the salary of a private first class (10 yen per month)
5. Involvement of Japanese military authorities was obligatory

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A Letter to Madam Ambassador Kennedy

 

Mr. OGAWA Eitaro, well-known writer for his best-seller book Day of Promise—Preliminary Essay on Abe Shinzo (Gento-sha Library), wrote an essay °»A Letter to Madam Ambassador Kennedy
: Over the Issue of Yasukuni and the °»suicide attack°… Described by Your Cousin --There Are Several Things I Would Like to Convey, As A Japanese, to Madam Ambassador, Who Recognizes the Importance of Honestly Discussing Diverse Points of View,°… for a leading political monthly magazine Seiron°«s April, 2014 issue.
He explains the reason why Prime Minister Abe paid a visit to Yasukuni from a historical and cultural background, referring to the Japan-America War of the past. In this context he touches on the book entitled Danger°«s Hour, written by Maxwell Taylor Kennedy, Ambassador Kennedy°«s cousin. He greatly appreciates Mr. Kennedy°«s fair evaluation of the Kamikaze suicide attack pilots in the book. Even though fair in this regard, Mr. OGAWA finds a lot of serious misunderstands regarding Japan and the Japanese in the book.
Mr. OGAWA, however, does not fault Kennedy°«s lack of knowledge but blames the Japanese for not having done enough to explain Japan to Western people. Thus, he emphasizes that in order to have Western people understand Japan, we Japanese should exert more effort in this regard.
With Ambassador Kennedy°«s appreciation and understanding of the nature of this letter, I believe that the open letter to Ambassador Kennedy will lead to a new horizon of mutual understanding between Japanese and Americans.

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A Book That Tells Us about Jewish Spirit and Japanese Spirit

 

This essay, written by Nishimura Shingo, Member of the House of Representative, is a preface for a book authored by Eli-Eliyahu Cohen, former Israeli Ambassador to Japan. The book is entitled " Joseph Trumpeldor, Zionist hero °Ĺ It is great to die for the country: The Jewish sprit ignited in Japan "
Trumpeldor fought against General Nogi°«s Third Japanese Imperial Army at Port Arthur as a Russian officer and was imprisoned at Camp Hamadera, Osaka prefecture, which happens to be Mr. Nishimura°«s hometown. °»It is great to die for the country°… is what Trumpeldor inscribed in his heart while spending time as a POW at Hamadera Camp, what he told to his comrades just before his death and what now reads, inscribed on the stone statue of a lion standing in front of his epitaph in Tel Hai in the northern part of Israel, where he fell in battle.
Mr. Nishimura mentions a comment from a European: °»The 20th century saw the valiant Japanese warriors turn into mean merchants and mean Jewish merchants into valiant warriors.°… Through this book, we must now learn from Trumpeldor in order to become valiant warrior again, Mr. Nishimura emphasizes.
An interesting episode is introduced in this essay. He met Mr. Nahum Admoni, former Director of Mossad and his wife Nina in Jerusalem. Nina told him:
°»Seventy years ago, when I was seven, fleeing from Nazis, I escaped Europe with my parents, crossed Siberia and boarded a boat, arriving at Tsuruga, Japan. Then, we stayed in Kobe for a while. I never forget how kind Japanese people were to us Jews then.°… As she was telling me her story, Nina°«s beautiful blue eyes were filled with tears.
Even though Japan allied with Germany, Japan never persecuted Jews but helped many Jewish refugees. Sugihara Chiune is only one example of many cases, including Tojo Hideki, Higuchi Kiichiro, etc. It is ridiculous that some Chinese leaders compare Tojo Hideki to Hitler!

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Japan was the Light of Hope in Asia

 

Mr. Henry Stokes addressed at the 70th Conference for Greater East Asian Assembly held at Kensei Kinen Hall in Tokyo on November 6, 2013.
He says that one of the most surprising developments in the 20th century has been the sheer speed at which the 500 year curse of colonialism came to an end. Rule by white men petered out in mid-air. No one seems to have expected this.
What had happened to concertina all expectations?
The simple answer is the Second World War had broken out and it had shown that one relative newcomer to the world stage in 500-year drama, capable of delivering enormous blows to colonialism. And that was Japan.
He continues to say that the Greater East Asian Conference was held on November 5, 6, 1943 in Tokyo was the first Summit of colored races held for the first time in the long history of human beings. Mr. Chandra Bose, head of the provisional government of India, appealed, °»let the joint declaration not only for fellow Asians but also for all the people of the world, who are suffering from suppressions as the Charter for Equality of Human Rights.

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