Japanese Imperialism Essay

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Japanese Imperialism and its effects on civilians during World War 2

During World War 2, Japan expanded an immense distance over the period of 6 months of war. Japan expanded over many countries, including, Manchuria (north east china), The Philippines, Most of China, and many more countries. The atrocities that Japan had committed against civilians during WW2 are some of the worst that the world has seen in the history of war.
Japanese war crimes occurred during the period of Japanese imperialism, Primarily during the Second Sino-Japanese war and of course World war 2. Some war crimes took place during the late 19th century and were committed by military personal of the Empire of Japan, ...view middle of the document...

“It may be pointless to try to establish which World War Two Axis aggressor, Germany or Japan, was the more brutal to the peoples it victimised. The Germans killed six million Jews and 20 million Russians [i.e. Soviet citizens]; the Japanese slaughtered as many as 30 million Filipinos, Malays, Vietnamese, Cambodians, Indonesians and Burmese, at least 23 million of them ethnic Chinese. Both nations looted the countries they conquered on a monumental scale, though Japan plundered more, over a longer period, than the Nazis. Both conquerors enslaved millions and exploited them as forced labourers—and, in the case of the Japanese, as [forced] prostitutes for front-line troops. If you were a Nazi prisoner of war from Britain, America, Australia, New Zealand or Canada (but not Russia) you faced a 4% chance of not surviving the war; [by comparison] the death rate for Allied POWs held by the Japanese was nearly 30%.” (Chalmers Johnson 1975).
between 1937 and 1945, the Japanese military murdered from nearly 3,000,000 to over 10,000,000 people, most likely 6,000,000 Chinese, Indonesians, Koreans, Filipinos, and Indochinese, among others, including Western prisoners of war. This genocide was due to a morally bankrupt political and military strategy, military expediency and custom, and national culture. in China alone, during 1937-45, approximately 3.9 million Chinese were killed, mostly civilians, as a direct result of the Japanese operations and 10.2 millions in the course of the war. The most infamous incident during...

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