Type: BookPublisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 1996Description: xix, 267 p.,  p. of plates : ill.maps, 22 x 15 cm.ISBN: 813327172 (hardbound).Uniform titles: Shirarezaru senso hanzai. English.Subject(s): Australians -- Crimes against -- Indonesia | World War, 1939-1945 -- Indonesia -- Prisoners and prisons, Japanese | Japan -- Armed Forces -- Southeast Asia -- AttitudeLanguage/Translation Info: EnglishSummary: This volume focuses on specific war crimes, not all of which had been tried in the war crimes trials after the war. Using these specific cases, the author, a Japanese academician in Australia, highlights some of the more atrocious acts of the Japanese military, and tries to explain them through the Japanese concept of human rights, the Bushido and the Japanese military system. He also tries to show that Japan was not alone in committing atrocities during war.
There is little specific mention of the Philippines, as the cases Tanaka focuses on deal more with Australians (the Sandakan Death March and forced labor, massacre of nurses in Banka Island; Judge Webb – an Australian – and his stand on cannibalism during the Tokyo Trials).
He also explores new ground, such as the Japanese mentality at the time, the comfort women, biological warfare experiments and plans. The book also provides a Japanese dimension to the atrocities, using Japanese material. - Prof. Ricardo T. JoseList(s) this item appears in: Afterwar: World War II Film Festival and Exhibit
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