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SDHF Newsletter No. 24: The Second Sino-Japanese War: How and with what purpose did Japan fight

SDHF Newsletter No. 24: The Second Sino-Japanese War: How and with what purpose did Japan fight

May 7, 2010

Moteki Hiromichi’s “China Caused the Second Sino–Japanese War” explained how
the Second Sino–Japanese War was a conflict caused by China, and how Japan was
dragged into a war she had not sought. http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/69_S4.pdf
During the war, Japan never made any territorial demands, nor did she make any
demands on interests in China. This was made clear from the Funatsu Peace Initiative
(Aug. 1937), the Trautmann Peace Initiative (Dec. 1937), etc., wherein no such
demands were made.
Well, then — what were the goals and with what manner of policies and spirit did the
Japanese military fight? There is a suitable document that explains these things.
A booklet dated 29 April, 1940, titled “Orders for Officers and Men of the
Expeditionary Force,” issued under the name of Itagaki Seishirô, the China
Expeditionary Army’s Chief of Staff elaborates these; a valuable material for
understanding the nature of the war.

* Summary: http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/70_S2.pdf
* Full document: http://www.sdh-fact.com/CL02_1/70_S4.pdf

Questions are welcome.

Sincerely,

MOTEKI Hiromichi
Deputy Chairman and Secretary General for Kase Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact

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