Abstracts of Books

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Japan and China: How Different They Are!

 

A prevailing notion by Sinologists, both in the West and Japan, is that as the wealth of the Chinese °»middle class°… rises, they will want more democracy and political freedom—they will want to be like the middle class found elsewhere. However, this notion is far from correct is sustained by the flawed belief that Japan and China are historically and culturally the same: the Japanese and Chinese think in the same manner, therefore, if Japan can be democratic, then democracy in China is inevitable. In fact, as Mr. Kase and Mr. Seki Hei point out with numerous examples, not only are Japanese and Chinese cultures distinct from one another, Chinese cultural elements assimilated by Japan were significantly altered to fit into a Japanese social context. The changes are indeed marked in the authors extensive and insightful narration of Chinese history. It will be evident to the reader that historic Japan and China—and modern Japanese and Chinese—share almost no commonalities aside from perhaps a sharing of basic forms of kanji.

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A NEW LOOK AT THE ANNEXATION OF KOREA

 

Every year at this season, the Korean government demands that Japan apologize
for her annexation of Korea. This year South Korea breached propriety with
President Lee Myung-bak's demand for an apology from the Japanese Emperor himself.
However, if one looks at the historical facts regarding the annexation of Korea,
one will be puzzled as to why the Korean government makes such a demand.
For example, the total budget of the Korean government for 1911 was 3.6 million yen,
of which 1.3 million yen consisted of tax revenue from the Korean people. Obviously,
the balance was supplemented by the Japanese. In other words, the Korean government
was on the verge of bankruptcy.°°The truth was that Japan saved Korea from a
financial crisis. Furthermore, Japanese financial assistance continued up to 1939,
when the Japanese supplemented 25% of the total budge.
This book is filled with previously neglected historical facts, photos and figures.

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A Positive Method for Prevention of Venereal Disease

 

Dr. Aso, Dr. Amako's father, was an Army Medical Doctor attached to the 14th Clearing Hospital of Eleventh Army. He submitted this paper to a meeting on military medicine in Jinjiang on June 30, 1939.
His paper surveyed the rate of sexal desease inflection in militaries of Europe and America and proposed positive or proactive methods for prevention of veneral disease within the military. Dr. Aso's paper clearly showed that prior to World War II, prostitution and the spread of veneral disease were not problems limited solely to Japan but problems of great concern faced by all militaries.

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Dr. Kuni Amako is a medical doctor who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. Her father was a Japanese army medical doctor attached to the 14th Clearing Hospital of the Eleventh Army. He left a lot of records and papers concerning the medical treatment of prostitutes, who serviced soldiers as their business. Dr. Amako demonstrates that comfort women were prostitutes who did business for soldiers outside of Japan by illustrating the modern history of Japanese medical treatment and compares it with that of European countries and America.

The Reluctant Combatant

 

The mainstream view on the Second Sino-Japanese War is that Imperial Japan was bent on destroying China, and the rest of Asia, for purely selfish reasons. However, careful analysis of the global situation, particularly of the social and political development of China and the attitudes of the Chinese leadership, indicates that the Chinese were not the innocent victims of °»aggression°… as is currently claimed.
Authors Kitamura and Lin recount the circumstances that ultimately lead to the Second Sino-Japanese War, demonstrating that the war was neither a Japanese °»war of aggression°… or that China was a °»helpless°… victim.

A HISTORY OF MASSACRES IN CHINA

 

Mr. Seki°«s this book documents the use of mass slaughter by the Chinese as a normal method of political and social control. In the past, dynasties have been both heralded and terminated with massacres of thousands of soldiers and civilians. The current communist regime in Beijing is unexceptional in this regard. In fact, based on the historical use of massacres as a means of control, the Tiananmen Square Incident of 1989, in which hundreds if not thousands of civilians were killed, was an appalling but nonetheless predictable Chinese response to social unrest

Breaking the Seal on the GHQ Burned Books

 

°°The GHQ, the command center of the American occupation forces in Japan, make a great deal about °»freedom of speech°… on the surface, but all reportage and publications were subjected to a thorough prepublication censorship. Even private letters were unsealed and read due to this censorship.
The GHQ°«s control of the expression of people°«s views did not stop there. They undertook a book burning on a scale that one can°«t help but compare it to the infamous book burnings of the Nazis. Under the name of °»propaganda publications,°… a total of 7,769 works published before the war were confiscated for °»burning.°… In this essay, Prof. Nishio Kanji shines a light on exactly what types of books were seized, and exactly how were they taken. In short, the truth of the shock that the policy of the GHQ was the obliteration of Japanese history and thought is here proclaimed to the world.

The Nanking Hoax:A Historian Analyzes the Events of 1937

 

Through his thorough research on Nanking incident for nearly 30 years, he saw a parade of characters marching through history: those who made the accusations, those who publicized them, those who used them to their advantage, those who were manipulated by them — Chinese, Americans, Japanese. So many people have participated in this drama in so many ways. Why were such accusations made? How were they disseminated throughout the world? Why were they given credence at the Tokyo Trials? How did the Japanese react to them? When did the Republic of China first make those allegations? This book answers those questions.

The Tokyo Trials: The Unheard Defense

 

This book consist of excerpts from a body of documents compiled published under the title Defense Evidence Rejected by the Tokyo Trials, which encompasses eight volumes and 5,500 pages. The fact that such enormous volume of evidence were rejected itself would show the true nature of the Tokyo Trials. As an introduction, Dr. Kobori summarizes legal basis for the Tokyo Trials, how the trial progressed and how evidence was treated there.

Dissentient Judgement of Pal

 

Radhabinod Pal was one of the judges at the International Military Tribunal for the Far East (the °»Tokyo Trials°…) held in Japan in 1946 to judge those Japanese officials and officers charged by the Allies as Class-A War Criminals. Pal, unlike his colleagues on the bench, was a specialist in international law. Unlike his colleagues, Pal questioned the very legitimacy of the trial itself, and found himself forced to conclude, °»I would hold that each and everyone of the accused must be found not guilty of each and everyone of the charges in the indictment and should be acquitted of all those charges.°…

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