December 24, 2002
I can't agree with Roger Norton's implication that the Bataan Death March (letter, Dec. 20) should somehow mitigate sympathy for those interned at Manzanar. The difference, and it is a crucial one, is that the perpetrators of the Bataan atrocity were Japanese soldiers. The victims of internment were mostly American civilians. Neil Fletcher Santa Monica
June 14, 2011 |
Among the most painful chapters in modern Chinese history is Japan's 1937 invasion of Nanjing. Hundreds of thousands were killed, countless women were raped, and soldiers and civilians alike suffered unspeakable brutalities. So when Chinese writer-director Lu Chuan set out to make a movie about the siege of the city, he had a notion of how the story would go. "In the beginning I was just going to make a traditional movie, with a single plot and one hero," said Lu. "I received a historical education in China, so at first I believed all these Japanese soldiers were beasts.
January 13, 2006 |
On a U.S. Navy base where the streets are named for bloody World War II battles on Pacific islands, American sailors and Marines are now teaching Japanese soldiers the basics of mounting an amphibious assault. Although the training is said to be somewhat rudimentary, it is meant to boost the capabilities of the Japanese Self-Defense Forces and to further strengthen military ties between the two allies. "They're a strong, tough light infantry unit," Marine Lt. Col.
January 12, 1997 |
Seven women forced to provide sex to Japanese soldiers in World War II received compensation from a private Japanese fund, officials said. They were the first South Korean former sex slaves to accept such payments. The victims were each given $17,000 and a letter of apology from Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said.
August 7, 2003
Re "Keep 1945 Seared in Our Hearts," by Johann Christoph Arnold, Commentary, Aug. 4: By all means, keep 1945 seared in your heart, but don't pass over its context with a mere nod. Unfortunately, Arnold does just that when he mentions in passing "all the arguments defending the United States' use of the A-bomb." Japanese soldiers had been committing mass murder since Japan's invasion of Manchuria in 1931 and were still committing atrocities as the atomic bombs were being dropped. Arnold quotes a friend "who was in the vanguard of Marines to land at Nagasaki" to emphasize the horrible devastation caused by the atomic bomb, but leaves out of consideration the suffering of the millions of Chinese (and others)
June 20, 2006 |
Japan's government will withdraw its troops from Iraq, ending a mission that broke postwar taboos by sending its troops into foreign combat zones for the first time since 1945. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi told executives of his ruling party that the roughly 600 Japanese soldiers stationed in the southern Iraqi city of Samawah would come home over the next two months, according to Japanese media reports. "We've finished this chapter," Koizumi reportedly told the officials.