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An Inquiry into the Truth of the Sino-Japanese Incident

By Nagae Tarô,


What were the causes of the Sino?Japanese War? Who benefitted most if Japan and China were embroiled in full-scale, head-on warfare? Who was it who turned the entire Chinese mainland into a war zone, and decided to make the international city of Shanghai a primary battlefield?
The essay attempts to answer them, but not by relying on ex-post-facto histories or personal anecdotal accounts, or modern perceptions of the events. Their answers to these questions are brought forth by studying the contemporary state accounts, official documents, reports, and records, as recorded and stored in the respective Military Departments of both China and Japan.