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SDHF Newsletter No.163 How China Started the Second Sino Japanese War

How China Started the Second Sino-Japanese War:
Why Should Japan Apologize to China?(Jiyuusha)
By Moteki Hiromichi

April 19, 2017

The conventional wisdom, even in Japan, is that Japan is guilty of waging an “aggressive” war against China. Many people will state: “Is that not common knowledge? The Japanese Army invaded continental China and waged war. Surely that constitutes a war of aggression.”
Let’s imagine the following scenario. What if the Japan Self-Defense Forces launched an unprovoked attack on American military units, which are stationed in Japan in accordance with the provisions of the US-Japan Security Treaty, and a war broke out as a result on Japanese territory? Since the fighting takes place in Japan, does that mean that the US Army is undeniably the aggressor? No matter how distasteful a person might find the US military presence to be, under international law, in this scenario, Japan would be deemed the aggressor.
Therefore, the most important question we ought to be asking is not “Where did the Second Sino-Japanese War take place,” but rather “Who started the Second Sino-Japanese War?” The present work shall attempt to answer that question, and I hope to demonstrate to the reader that the reality is utterly contrary to the conventional wisdom.
This is the whole translation of a book Naze sennsou wo shikaketa chuugoku ni ayamaranakereba naranainoda!(in Japanese) (by Moteki Hiromichi, Jiyuusha, Tokyo, 2015).

Questions are welcome.

MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact