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The groans of thousands killed. How the "bloody prince" escaped punishment for the Nanking massacre

13 December 1937, the Japanese forces captured Nanking, one of China’s largest cities. Thus began one of the most tragic pages in the newest stories Of China - Nanking Massacre. This is one of the most massive and bloody war crimes of militaristic Japan. The capture of Nanking was an important strategic victory for Japan in the Second Sino-Chinese War.

- Japanese General Ivane Matsui in Nanjing

When Japan invaded China in 1931, capturing Manchuria and forming the puppet state of Manzhou-go there, the Chinese military-political forces were not able to organize quick and effective resistance to the Japanese invaders. This was facilitated by the civil war between the Kuomintang and the Communists - the two most important military-political forces of China at that time. Only in 1937, shortly before the start of the Second Sino-Japanese War, did the Communist Party of China and the Kuomintang agree on joint action. However, the Chinese failed to prepare for the repulsion of the Japanese strike. September 22, 1937 Japanese aviation the beginning of the bombing of Nanjing. In general, bombs fell on civilian infrastructure and residential buildings. This provoked protests by the world community, but Tokyo was not going to stop the aggression. The attack on Nanjing was carried out by the forces of the Shanghai Expeditionary Army under the command of General Ivane Matsui. On November, 7, based on General Matsui’s Shanghai Expeditionary Army and Lieutenant General Heisuke Yanagawa’s 10 Army, the Central Chinese Front was created, and General Matsui Ivane was appointed commander.

Ivane Matsui (1878-1948) was born in the family of a samurai, received a military education in Rikugun Sikan Gakko - Military Academy of the Imperial Army of Japan. Matsui participated in the Russo-Japanese War, and in 1921-1922. He served in the headquarters of the Vladivostok Expeditionary Force and took part in the intervention in Russia. In 1929, Matsui received the rank of general and was appointed commander of the 11 division. Then he was in the service of the General Staff, and at that time was actively engaged in military-diplomatic work. In the 1935 year, 57-year-old Matsui retired from military service, but when the Second Sino-Japanese War began, he was again called to the service and appointed commander of the Shanghai Expeditionary Army. Under the command of Matsui, the forces of the Shanghai Expeditionary Army were able to overcome the resistance of the Chinese troops and approach Nanking. However, since General Matsui fell ill in November 1937 and was forced to temporarily retire, Emperor Hirohito appointed Acting Commander of the Central China Front, Lieutenant General Prince Yasuhiko Asah. It was this man who, after the Japanese troops entered Nanjing, gave the order to begin cruel reprisals against the civilian population.

Prince Yasuhiko was a representative of one of the side branches of the Japanese imperial family. This status in itself gave him very great privileges. Yasuhiko was born on 20 on October 1887 of the year in Kyoto and was the seventeenth child of Prince Asahiko. Like many other representatives of the imperial family, Prince Yasuhiko chose a military career. In 1908, he graduated from Rikugun Sikan Gakko - Military Academy of the Imperial Army of Japan, receiving the rank of second lieutenant. In 1912, the prince was given the rank of captain, and in 1917, the major. Thus, despite the origin, the promotion of the prince in the service was quite standard - he received major straps nine years after graduating from the academy.

In 1920, Prince Yasuhiko went on to continue his military education in France - at the Special Military School in Saint-Cyr. While studying abroad, in 1922, the prince received the rank of lieutenant colonel. In the 1923 year, when the prince was in Paris, he got into a car accident. His cousin Naruhisa died in the crash, and Yasuhiko himself remained lame for the rest of his life. In 1925, he returned to Japan. A year later, Yasuhiko received the rank of colonel, and in the 1930 year - Major General. In 1933, Prince Yasuhiko was promoted to lieutenant general and appointed commander of the Imperial Guards Division. In December, 1935, the prince joined the Supreme Military Council under the Emperor Hirohito. However, as a result of internal contradictions and civil strife at court, the fifty-year-old Prince Yasuhiko fell into disgrace and in 1937 was sent to China - deputy commander of the Central China Front, commanded by General Ivane Matsui.

When Matsui fell ill, Prince Yasuhiko replaced him as commander of the front. Under the command of Prince Yasuhiko, Japanese troops entered Nanking. 1 December 1937, Emperor Hirohito ordered the Central Chinese Front to take over Nanking, and 2 December 1937, Prince Yasuhiko Asaha was appointed Commander of the invading forces. The siege of Nanking lasted more than ten days. 12 December 1937 of the year was left by the Chinese general Tang Shenzhi who commanded his defense, along with his headquarters. At around 6 in the morning of 13 in December of 1937, advanced Japanese units entered the city of Nanjing.

The groans of thousands killed. How the "bloody prince" escaped punishment for the Nanking massacre
- participants "Contests" lieutenants Noda and Mukai

Almost from the very beginning of the "Nanking Campaign", Japanese troops behaved extremely cruelly not only towards Chinese prisoners of war, but also towards civilians. The capture of Nanking was marked by numerous war crimes of the Japanese troops. What is one of the “Killing a hundred people with a sword?” Undertaken by two Japanese officers, lieutenants Toshiaki Mukai and Tsuyoshi Noda, on the march from Shanghai to Nanjing, from November 30 to December 13 1937. Two officers of the imperial army competed in the skill of owning a sword, aiming to kill as many people as possible. The lieutenants killed more than one hundred innocent Chinese. This event was widely covered by the then Japanese newspapers as a sporting event.

After the Japanese troops entered Nanjing, the city began to purge the Chinese population. Officially, Japanese troops were looking for Chinese soldiers who were dressed in civilian clothes and were in a hurry to disappear among the inhabitants of the city. However, in fact, Japanese troops carried out a real genocide of civilians in the city. The invasion commander, Prince Yasuhiko Asahi, was directly responsible for its commencement. It was he who gave the order to “kill all the prisoners” and did not at all prevent the violence perpetrated by Japanese soldiers and officers. Note that as early as August 1937, the Emperor Hirohito personally allowed the Japanese troops, in violation of all the existing rules of warfare, to massacre Chinese prisoners of war without trial.

When Nanjing fell, Japanese troops began searching for Chinese soldiers who could remain in the city. December 18 occurred the most large-scale murder of prisoners of war on the banks of the Yangtze. Among the people captured by the Japanese, far from all were military personnel — any young men who were accused of being disguised soldiers fell under the “hot hand”. Throughout the night, Japanese soldiers tied up prisoners, and then divided them into four groups and shot them with machine guns. Survived after machine-gun fire, finished off with blows of bayonets and daggers. The bodies of the victims dropped in Yangtze. In total, more than 57 thousands of Chinese were killed in this massacre. Another 1300 of the Chinese - prisoners of war and civilians - were killed at the Taiping Gate. They were first blown up by a mine, then they were doused with fuel and burned. Eyewitnesses testified that they observed that some Japanese soldiers not only killed the Chinese, but gutted them and ate their hearts and livers.

Among the most common crimes against civilians were rape, murder and robbery. After the defeat of Japan, the established International Military Tribunal for the Far East estimated the number of women and girls who were raped in Nanking to be no less than 20 000 people. Japanese soldiers did not disdain violence against small children. Very often, women and girls after rape were killed in the most cruel ways that a normal person does not even want to hear about. They raped pregnant women, old women, and also, for the purpose of bullying, forced their sons to rape their mothers, and their fathers to have sex with their daughters. All this was accompanied by beatings and sophisticated harassment by Japanese soldiers. The officers of the imperial army at best did not hinder what was happening, and at worst they were direct participants in atrocious crimes, like lieutenants Noda and Mukai, competing in the killing of civilians.

The Japanese acted on a pipe signal called “Kill all the runaways.” In a huge trench about 300 meters long and 5 meters wide, several thousand Chinese were killed. This trench was called the “Ditch of ten thousand corpses”, and the number of people killed there by various researchers is estimated to be in numbers from 4000 to 20000 people. The most commonly called number in 10-12 is thousands of dead.

By the time of the Japanese invasion of Nanjing, foreigners were also in the city. Among them was a German entrepreneur, director of Siemens China Co Jon Rabe (1882-1950). Despite the fact that this man was a member of the Nazi Party, and Hitler's Germany at that time was already considered an ally of Japan, it was he who played the most important role in organizing the rescue of many civilians in Nanking. On the initiative of Rabe, the Nanking Security Zone was created, in which at least 200 000 Chinese survived. The International Committee created by Jon Rabe tried to complain to the command of the Japanese army about the lawlessness perpetrated by the soldiers and junior officers, but to no avail. Slave could not even use his status as a member of the Nazi Party, through which he tried to influence the Japanese command. By the way, subsequently participation in saving the civilians of Nanking cost Yonah Raba dearly - after returning to Germany he was arrested by the Gestapo, suspecting that he sympathized with the communists, but then Raba was released. Jon Rabe left valuable testimony about the crimes of the Japanese troops in Nanjing.

The crimes of the Japanese army struck even battered general Ivane Matsui, who returned to command of the front after an illness. He even told his assistant that he was deeply depressed and could not even rejoice at the victory. However, to stop what is happening orgy Matsui could not. Violence began to subside only after the world community began to put pressure on the Japanese government. The resonance from the crimes in Nanjing was immense. Finally, in February 1938, General Ivane Matsui and Lieutenant General Prince Yasuhiko Asaha were recalled to Japan. Since it was already impossible to conceal the events in Nanking, the Japanese authorities reacted by removing the generals from command. Moreover, General Ivane Matsui, who, by and large, had no relation to the massacre at all, was dismissed. Prince Asaha remained in the composition of the Supreme Military Council, but no longer held command positions in the armed forces.

The defeat of Japan in World War II forced the Allies to recall all the war crimes of the Tokyo regime. Of course, the Nanking Massacre was not overlooked. The officers of the imperial army Toshiaki Mukai and Tsuyoshi Noda, participants of the bloody “Kill of a hundred people with a sword” were extradited to China, where they were tried by the Nanjing Tribunal in the same 1948 year, sentenced to death and executed by 28 January 1948. General Ivane Matsui, who had been retired for almost ten years, was arrested by Allied forces and charged with war crimes in China. He was tried at the Tokyo Trials International Military Tribunal for the Far East. Former General Ivane Matsui was sentenced to death by hanging. 23 December 1948, eleven years after the tragedy in Nanjing, seventy-year-old Ivane Matsui was hanged in Tokyo prison.

However, Prince Yasuhiko Asah, who directly commanded the Japanese forces that had broken into 13 in December of 1937, in Nanjing, completely avoided any punishment. After the defeat of Japan and the introduction of occupation troops into Japan, the High Command of the occupying forces launched an investigation into the involvement of General Prince Yasuhiko Asahh in war crimes in Nanjing. However, the American commander, Army General Douglas MacArthur, the Commander-in-Chief of the occupying forces, intervened in the situation. He decided to grant immunity to all members of the Japanese imperial family. Therefore, neither the emperor nor the princes have ever appeared before the tribunal at the Tokyo trial. General Prince Yasuhiko also avoided this fate. Thus, the main culprit of the Nanking Massacre went unpunished.

The American occupation of Japan led only to the confiscation of Prince Yasuhiko’s palace and the deprivation of its privileges, which all members of the imperial family used to use. The Americans decided to leave them exclusively for the emperor and his direct descendants. Nevertheless, Prince Yasuhiko lived at a high level - he played golf, rested. He lived to a ripe old age and died in the 1981 year at the age of 93, having survived thousands of victims of the Nanking Massacre by more than forty years. His fate is an example of flagrant injustice, when the real perpetrators of war crimes could not only escape punishment in court, but also safely live to a ripe old age and die by dying in prosperity and surrounded by close relatives.

Much worse was the fate of Jon Rabe - the man who saved more than 200 000 civilians from Nanking from death. When Germany was defeated, it was already arrested by the Gestapo and was arrested by Soviet troops as a member of the Nazi Party. Then the Soviet command Jon Rabe was released, but soon he was arrested by the British occupation authorities - they checked him for involvement in war crimes, but then they also released him. Jon Rabe died in the 1950 year, just five years after the end of the war, at the age of 67. Grateful Chinese put in Nanking a monument in honor of Yon Rab, several films were shot about this noble man, articles and books were written.
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  1. potroshenko
    potroshenko 14 December 2016 15: 24
    And now Japan repents of crimes in China?
    1. Same lech
      Same lech 14 December 2016 15: 44
      And now Japan repents of crimes in China?

      Aha repents ... that few Chinese and Russians were killed ...
      Japanese war criminals are held in high esteem.
    2. Alexey RA
      Alexey RA 14 December 2016 17: 09
      Quote: potroshenko
      And now Japan repents of crimes in China?

      Is that pouring crocodile tears.
      However, visiting the Yasukuni Temple (the temple in memory of the soldiers who died for the Emperor ... all the soldiers, including official war criminals) has become almost a tradition among Japanese politicians, right down to the premieres.
      1. libivs
        libivs 14 December 2016 18: 34
        The Japanese are not Germans at all and will not repent of the word at all. I can assume that they do not even fully understand what is at stake.
        1. Uncle lee
          Uncle lee 15 December 2016 04: 34
          I would ask them for Sergey Lazo and generally for the intervention in the Far East!
          1. Talgat
            Talgat 21 December 2016 18: 13
            Here - I always repeat - that the Japanese military is a terrible threat! and not some kind of distant one - there in the Far East - in no time you will have time to look around, he will come right to you and arrange a taeke that ...

            In general, I am an internationalist - Soviet education. Well, the Chinese are a little afraid of the numbers - well, okay - like they are now friends, as it were - and integration will cool them

            But when about Japan, I’m not an internationalist. My grandfather died in the Far East on the Great Patriotic War horses - and everyone in the family remembers. I read a lot about them - I think that there is a cult of militarism and superiority over other peoples

            All the neighbors hate them - probably for a reason! Be careful!

            Moreover, recently their politicians have been demonstratively visiting their respective temple
    3. Elevator in the building
      Elevator in the building 14 December 2016 23: 21
      He "repents" so much that he is re-arming himself and demanding the "northern territories", dreaming of growing to the Urals. He repents so much that even now, at the household level, the Chinese are considered lower than dogs, and the Russians are savages in skins. He "repents" so much that the nonsense about the alleged nuclear strike of the USSR on Hiroshima and Nagasaki is not refuted, but is promoted informally among young people. The very "culture" of this people is so militarized that letting them out of the islands is like pouring gasoline on oneself and jumping over a fire. Outside the boundaries of their residence, their morality allows them to behave as they please, I repeat - as they please. Outside the country, they are "soto", that is, morality and rules remain on the islands. And this behavior is encouraged by their society. Hence such atrocities. It's natural for them. They do not violate their inner peace, because they are taught so. These are not even German soldiers doing the terrible and disgusting, but the order is their normal state. Persistent, hardworking, extremely cruel and capable of any, both the most selfless and the lowest deed of the people, for the most part. The good news is that the canines have not yet been allowed to grow, and they are unlikely to give, no matter how they dreamed of a "renaissance".
      PS In Japan itself, by the way, they reacted very coldly and with incomprehension to the apologies that Abe brought to South Korea for the mass rape, slavery and the use of Korean women in brothels. This is how they "repent" ..
      1. rasteer
        rasteer 15 December 2016 09: 13
        I wonder where you got such a deep knowledge of Japanese psychology?
        Communicating with the Japanese while being there and not only, looking no matter how they behave in relations with each other and foreigners, I can say that their xenophobia is no different from any other.
        Or, in our country, the Chinese are a beacon of civilization, and there are also geyropeytsy, minke whales, dill and other Afrooo. All nations are essentially xenophobic; this is the basis of the nation’s self-awareness.
        The reasons for this behavior in the Japanese war are different; in the days of the Warring Provinces, they cut each other with the same enthusiasm and perversion.
        The first reason is a purely economic surplus of the population with a lack of habitable territories, so the local population is subject to destruction, the Chinese and other Asians are no better in this regard.
        The second social strict hierarchy and regulation of everything and everything. For this reason, in a peaceful life, the Japanese are the nicest people who control themselves perfectly, even drunk people do not try to beat your face and prove their coolness, while abroad they are even more constrained by the way ... they are afraid. But if the social switch is in a state of war, then the roof is torn off and all the phobias, grievances and fantasies spill over onto the enemy.
        The third is culturally religious, indeed their concept of sin and atonement differs from the European one, their attitude to life is also different, “life and death are cyclical, and fate is determined by your past lives. In general, fatalism in its purest form.
        The fourth intellectual, let's say right now even the bulk of the Japanese people are very narrow-minded, they are docks in their work, but the rest is either not of interest to them or there is no time for this. and therefore scary. In times of the Second World War and earlier, illiteracy was also added to this narrowness of thinking.
        Now they have an active "peace" mode in their brains, and as a result, they sincerely do not believe in stories about the cruelty of their ancestors. Such a reality is outside the framework of their current consciousness.
        This is all to the fact that you should not describe the reasons for the behavior of the Japanese on the basis of the cliche of the tabloid press.
        1. Elevator in the building
          Elevator in the building 15 December 2016 12: 56
          And in what way does what I have written contradict what you have written? Or, what called these cute cannibals crazy insults and hurts you? But this is my "IMHO", based, among other things, on "sports competitions" in Nanjing, of this highly cultured people. And of course, today's Japanese are not to blame for what their ancestors did. But they are GUILTY for honoring these freaks! The Japanese got off too easy, they did not go through a really big war in their country. And you continue to protect the cannibals, and one day they will come to you too ..
          PS They have no idea about sin? Oh really? Apparently in our worlds you are different Japanese ..
          1. rasteer
            rasteer 15 December 2016 17: 20
            Well, let's start from the end. I did not write that they had no concept of sin; I wrote that it is different from ours. The sin they raised to absolute is a betrayal of the interests of the clan, clan and country.
            Further, what you wrote does not offend me; I do not care what you think about the Japanese. I just state that when describing modern Japanese you rely on not the most adequate materials. As a result, you make not entirely adequate conclusions that will prevent them from competently beating if they do come. Although in the current world situation I strongly doubt it. rather, the Chinese.
            Japanese war criminals really got off easily, even easier than the Germans, for which they still say striped thanks. This, by the way, is not a turn of the word for the Japanese pi-n-dos the best guests. Well, at the expense of honoring war criminals in the form of visiting the temple, it’s rather black PR. The Japanese did not go to it because they revered ghouls there, for several reasons
            1. Political in the form of trolling of China and Korea as the main competitors.
            2 Spiritual and social, the Yasukuni temple is dedicated to the souls of the soldiers who died for Japan and the emperor, and the temple's supreme deity is the emperor of Japan. Well, there is no association of this temple with the executioners. By the way, I was there, crowds of tourists, a religious business on souvenirs ... in general, a temple is like a temple, 90% of the temples I saw there are like that. No one remembers the war.
            PS To say briefly "You did not understand me did not work" laughing
        2. Niccola Mack
          Niccola Mack 15 December 2016 14: 58
          This is all to the fact that you should not describe the reasons for the behavior of the Japanese on the basis of the cliche of the tabloid press.

          If you live in the modern world, then be able to at least correspond to its basic values. When a savage from the Mumbu-Yumbu tribe kills a captive enemy and eats his liver - this flows from his system of cultural and life values, he does not claim to be an equal place in the modern world. And when the Japanese did such things (like the Nazis too) - this is a clear degradation to the medieval level. And do not at the same time remember the centuries-old Japanese culture admiring sakura, tanks and the like.
          Cannot dock with one another - only as a perversion.
          And since you are a savage, they will treat you the same way - to the court and to the wall without any sentiment.
          1. rasteer
            rasteer 15 December 2016 17: 54
            Let's take it in order, about the "tabloid cliches", the stamps of the post were about the Japanese contemporary to us, and not about the WWII model.
            About the modern world and the value system, let's start with the value system, I'm sorry, but who defines them? They are still different for Christians, Muslims and Buddhists at least, but there are also materialists, communists, LGBT people and other communities and values, all are different.
            About "equal claims" in this world, the great equalizer of claims in this world is money, so that a mumbu-yumbu cannibal can become a respected person devouring human livers for dessert. the main thing is not lit.
            About degradation to the Medieval level, I'm sorry Japan crawled out of these centuries only at the end of the 19th century. So that memory was more than alive.
            About the atrocities, and how do you think they should behave if, by the way, not only Japanese was the normal practice of justice, it was slow to saw off the heads with a bamboo saw, but they could even quart. Being determines consciousness.
            I will repeat again. I do not condone them. An attempt to understand the causes of inappropriate behavior for OUR CULTURE, is not an excuse, the mechanism of protection of OUR CULTURE.
            PS The less you know the better you sleep ... only you can’t wake up. wassat
            1. Niccola Mack
              Niccola Mack 15 December 2016 19: 52
              post stamps were about modern Japanese, and not about WWII.

              So in peacetime - we are in world culture, support "universal values", sign all sorts of declarations, condemn others, and like war, we sharply change our morality and descend into the Middle Ages. This is the first sign of a lack of sustainable cultural values ​​- when they change in the course of business and usefulness. The Germans also enjoyed Goethe and Wagner, signed the Geneva Declarations, and then killed thousands of prisoners of war and people in concentration camps.
              About the modern world and the value system, let's start with the value system, I'm sorry, but who defines them?

              And then and now there were enough different declarations and agreements on “human rights, nations, peoples, individuals, justice of war”. And as a rule, very correct things are written in them (and signed by countries) - the individual’s right to life, court, nations to self-determination and all that. So from a legal point of view, everything is determined - in contrast to the actual situation.
              the main thing is not glowing.

              That’s right, but if you get caught, they’ll hang in full. But in any case, all the imperious "gorillas" from Africa go wild to show how cultural they are and how they honor "universal values."
              About degradation to the Medieval level, I'm sorry Japan crawled out of these centuries only at the end of the 19th century. So that memory was more than alive.

              Did anyone even want to change morality? Firstly, more than 2 generations have grown (since 1868 - the official start date of the Meiji Restoration).
              Secondly, the Japanese at the beginning of the 20th century climbed out of their way to show how civilized they are and how sacred they honor “universal values”. In the propaganda of the Russian-Japanese war, the epithets “Russian barbarians”, “trampling all values”, “ruthless aggressors”, etc. constantly slipped through. etc. And thus they formed their image in the West - and received loans under this image. And then this husk flew off - and China, the Philippines, and prisoners of war followed.
              They are also doing it now - it turns out that they behaved simply chastely in China - and the Nanjing massacre together with "Detachment 731" are dirty insinuations and idle inventions of the enemies of Japan.
              1. rasteer
                rasteer 16 December 2016 08: 18
                Quote: Nikkola Mac
                So in peacetime - we are in world culture, we support "universal values",
                This duplicity is characteristic of all countries to one degree or another. And it turns out that stable moral principles are absent in mankind in principle.
                And then and now there were enough different declarations and agreements

                Not without this, but international treaties are signed not for the sake of implementation, but for the sake of not looking like a black sheep.
                In the propaganda of the Russo-Japanese War
                Ours behaved no better, I have a filing of "Niva" in 1904 about them, and the manzhurs, and the Chinese. Such rhetoric in relation to the enemy is a normal global phenomenon. The upper elite really tried to dress up in tailcoats and "drink coffee" at receptions in embassies, but everyday life remained the same dense medieval. I mean, you should not compare the thinking of the bulk of the Japanese during WWII and the modern 70 years of total demilitarization, they are no longer samurai. Although this does not mean that if they have the opportunity, they will not turn into sadists again ... this aspect of their thinking will probably never be eradicated.
                They are now also doing
                This is what all governments do very rarely, who voluntarily admit the sins of their country, the reasons are understandable a drop in the image within the country once and there are two chances to run into financial territorial claims from the victims. So it turns out nothing personal only business.
                1. Niccola Mack
                  Niccola Mack 16 December 2016 10: 34
                  Yes, you certainly do not have cynicism. Although of course there are a lot of reasons - as if the propagandists were not making faces.
                  And still some observations:
                  but in order not to look like a black sheep.

                  So, are there any criteria for defining a "white crow"?
                  Although this does not mean that if they have the opportunity, they will not again turn into sadists

                  As history shows, the development of culture takes millennia, and the reverse degradation can occur in one generation. And if we defeated the Germans and the Japanese with their atrocities, shouldn't we, from the point of view of usefulness, dismember these countries, driving them back into the Middle Ages. Shoot all officials and officers, rot the rest of the prisoners of war in the most difficult jobs. After all, as Roosevelt said, “the one who turns the coals and fanning the fire should not complain when sparks fly to him.
                  Purely for practical reasons?
                  And who would we ourselves become within our society - then the multinational USSR ?, in our own eyes, in the eyes of the children of which we need to be taught. Not only could we not build a moral foundation within society for its existence, but we would quickly begin to degrade, even in terms of elementary administrative management. And then decay and extinction. Even sending away the whole main world and reliably defending itself from its influence!
                  So it turns out nothing personal only business

                  As a rule, when such "businessmen" find themselves in a situation of "nothing personal" in relation to themselves, they immediately remember about "morality", "moral standards", "honest business", etc. And smearing saliva and snot on the face, they swear in their decency and compliance with all the canons, even if they are pinned to the wall with reinforced concrete evidence. Nobody says - wanted and - stole, killed, robbed, squeezed - nothing personal.
            2. Kostya Andreev
              Kostya Andreev 15 December 2016 22: 05
              rasteer good comments, plus.
              But in my opinion, you were not understood.
            3. Elevator in the building
              Elevator in the building 16 December 2016 02: 20
              Why, it seems to me, how they were aggressive savages, and remained, no matter what bright silks or suits the troika did not dress up in. I don’t know what their cultural stagnation is connected with (or, rather, I’m not sure of their conclusions), but “Nikkola Mac” quite rightly noted how the Japanese tried to show their civilization against the background of the Russians, and how quickly all the tinsel flew off, and the world appeared not at all a fabulous cannibal. And if the Germans changed their culture very much, then these did not even disguise themselves. And everything will happen again, if they are allowed of course. However, I got acquainted with your opinion with interest, thank you (and it doesn't differ much from mine, in the end)). Good time.
    4. Michael_Zverev
      Michael_Zverev 15 December 2016 01: 50
      The Japanese have no culture of sin and repentance.
    5. Warrior with machine gun
      Warrior with machine gun 15 December 2016 12: 50
      Yes, these creatures and sadists cannot repent, they are by nature and customs a rabid beast, for them not a Japanese is not a person, so for some moments they will still give their friends the Nazis a head start, the most terrible film that I have seen in my life - "Black the sun, the massacre in Nanjing "barely watched, too reliably filmed.
  2. Same lech
    Same lech 14 December 2016 15: 26
    And these Japanese flayers of people still require our Kuril Islands ...

    President PUTIN I appeal to you as a citizen of RUSSIA ... I demand that you not negotiate with JAPAN about transferring our islands to it ... not a meter ... this should not even be discussed.
    1. 0255
      0255 15 December 2016 12: 56
      Quote: The same Lech
      President PUTIN I appeal to you as a citizen of RUSSIA ... I demand that you not negotiate with JAPAN about transferring our islands to it ... not a meter ... this should not even be discussed.

      They didn’t appeal to Putin not to give the territories of the Far East to the Chinese?
      1. I doubt it
        I doubt it 15 December 2016 15: 02
        He has such petitioners ....
        Just don't give a damn about him.
        He is visiting Asian partners. By agreement, by islands ...
        He gave it to China. Well, why not give the Japanese?
        And he forgot the past. Turned the page.
        Business, nothing personal ...
        1. rasteer
          rasteer 15 December 2016 18: 16
          Quote: I doubt it
          Business, nothing personal ...

          Yes, there is no "politics anything personal" in spite of the grievances of the past, Japan and China have much more common motives in relation to Russia. Together they want Siberia. And what stops (specifically China) is that a nuclear strike will destroy them for sure, and only weaken us. So Uncle Vova is playing a game, hopefully successful.
          Modern Japanese people are far from being so belligerent as their power is abuzz. The reason is simple, they allocated a minimum budget for defense for 70 years. This taught their business two things:
          The taxes are moderate and will go to the "social sphere", and not to the ambitions of politicians, therefore the richest Japanese are pensioners and business is good because of this because of stability.
          The military-industrial complex is poor and it is necessary to invent something else and they have come up with.
          Now Japan will embark on the path of militarization only from the fear of external aggression.
          We have a business policy and nothing personal.
          1. I doubt it
            I doubt it 16 December 2016 09: 36
            "And what stops (specifically China) is that a nuclear strike will destroy them for sure, and only weaken us."

            Very controversial statement.
            1. There are very big doubts that Uncle Vova will decide on the use of nuclear weapons. He will suffer the loss of a part of the territory. Will rub and endure, tea is not the first time.
            2. What is the loss of even 200 million people for China? And for Russia?

            And about the "game" and "cunning plans". Well, Japan will have its own interest in Siberia and the Far East. Will it stop China? Rather, they will try to sit quieter and puff into two holes. And at the end of the mess, grab what is closer. The same Kuriles with Sakhalin, for example.
            1. rasteer
              rasteer 16 December 2016 10: 16
              "And what stops (specifically China) is that a nuclear strike will destroy them for sure, and only weaken us."
              Very controversial statement.

              I’ll well explain why China is more difficult than destroying the enemy’s economic base, we have the bulk of the economy concentrated in the west of the country, while access to the seas is minimal and the only direction from which the nuclear submarines can go relatively quietly is the North Sea. The Chinese economic zone is located along the Pacific Ocean and our Far Eastern borders, which allows us to strike simultaneously with different types of weapons and from different sides. Western China is a desert and mountains with a minimum percentage of the population also not loyal to Beijing (Tibetans and Uighurs).
              With full-blown aggression, I think the GDP will also be decided on nuclear weapons, but Beijing is not ready for such a scenario yet.
              Everything is complicated about cunning plans, but the friendship of China and Japan for us, if not catastrophic, is extremely unprofitable. It doesn’t matter how they share their roles in the fight with us, but the fact that they are sleeping and seeing how to squeeze more land from us is not a fortune teller, the land issue is acute for them.
              1. Parsec
                Parsec 16 December 2016 10: 33
                Quote: rasteer
                that they sleep and see how to squeeze more land from us

                The Chinese population is concentrated in the southeastern part of the country. Japanese expansion was aimed to the south - two to three or four crops, almost all minerals, oil, gas, etc. The global Chinese will also be sent there; while the Chinese are gaining ground in Africa - the same option, two to four crops, fossils, cheap population.
                And here the Far East and Siberia as a standard of harsh natural conditions with a difficult climate, no less severe terrain and huge overheads, see the tax is not geography.
  3. kouldoom
    kouldoom 14 December 2016 15: 54
    there are people, although a member of the NSDD is still good that he saved
  4. Reptiloid
    Reptiloid 14 December 2016 16: 23
    Thank you very much for the article, for reminding us of what happened before. I read in various sources that at different times Japan pretended that these horrors did not exist! And now they are abandoning these terrible numbers! They just say that "" Many Chinese were killed ""! Japan has never apologized for its atrocities. Modern Japanese youth know nothing about these atrocities. Although in 1946 an international tribunal was held, where there were photographs and eyewitness accounts.
    The Japanese saved ammunition and therefore killed women and children with knives and swords. The winner of the "competition" in killing the Chinese tried to cut a man from shoulder to hip. There were very terrible tortures. The men were buried in the ground up to their waist and let a pack of hungry dogs.
    I read about all these horrors and much more after the article “According to the ogre's code” was published HERE. And in February 1945 there was a terrible massacre in the Philippines.
    1. igoryok1984
      igoryok1984 14 December 2016 19: 46
      Every time I hear about dropping bombs on peaceful Japanese cities and how awful it is, I always remember Nanjing. It is a pity that the imperial family was not introduced to the "military atom". After all, with the filing of this geek Hirohito, the Japanese conducted experiments on living people, calling them "logs"
      1. Reptiloid
        Reptiloid 15 December 2016 06: 45
        Yes, after I read about the atrocities of the Japanese after that article, I somehow stopped regretting the bombing. I watched the film for a long time and not all. I did not want to think about it. Besides Nankin, the Japanese left a lot of memory in different countries.
        The murder of our nurse Maria Tsukanova. Cut out eyes, inflicted many wounds ....
  5. Semirek
    Semirek 14 December 2016 16: 57
    The ethics of any major bloodshed is subtly and precisely thought out; the theoretician has clean hands. The performer has a clear conscience.
  6. Kostya Andreev
    Kostya Andreev 14 December 2016 19: 40
    Well, nothing new, in the pack I personally did not read, this is long-known information.
    Another thing is interesting. you need to find out how the Japanese explain this excess. And their arguments are also justified. so there you need to understand.
    But in principle, I would not be surprised if the Nanking massacre was. the Japanese are Aryans of Asia, and accordingly the attitude towards others.
    Recently, an article was at VO where it was proved that the Japanese and their culture do not represent anything special. Let me disagree. This is an original culture with its own attitude to life and death, respectively, in the eyes of the Japanese a slightly different moral and ethical view of their actions (including these).
    1. andrew42
      andrew42 26 June 2017 17: 20
      "Japanese are Asian Aryans" - what was that? Strange statement. Do the Japanese belong to the so-called "Indo-European" ethnic group? - No. Or is it "Aryans" in the sense of analogy with the "superiority of the German spirit"? “Well, these are pseudo-Aryans.” Incidentally, the most homogeneous community of Aryans lives in Gorno-Badakhshan, for that matter. Or did you mean "Aryan" veneration of military culture? - Well, if you pull it over your ears for 10 years, and don’t break your ears, then mmm .. it looks like it’s kind of sideways.
  7. esaul1950
    esaul1950 14 December 2016 19: 49
    And after that, how can you say "the culture of Japan?" Savages have remained so.
  8. Moore
    Moore 15 December 2016 03: 48
    Officers of the imperial army Toshiaki Mukai and Tsuyoshi Noda, participants in the bloody "Contest in the killing of a hundred people with a sword," were extradited to China, where they were tried by the Nanking tribunal in the same 1948, sentenced to death and executed on January 28, 1948.

    Easily the "champion" left ... Ancient Chinese art was not applied to him ...
    1. Niccola Mack
      Niccola Mack 15 December 2016 15: 06
      One thing is bad - together with him, the "bloody prince" Yasuhiko was not shot.
      That would be right - without any indulgences!
  9. Fitter65
    Fitter65 15 December 2016 14: 00
    Yon Rabe left valuable evidence of the crimes of the Japanese forces in Nanjing.

    for this, the Japanese still do not like the Nazis.
  10. Mole
    Mole 15 December 2016 14: 22
    There were normal ones among the NSDAP: for the first time I heard "Vane Voronova" (translation), who risking his life saved the Chinese, and in fact could get a bullet, actually doing good, and not "expressing concern" like the rest of the world.
  11. Michael_Zverev
    Michael_Zverev 15 December 2016 20: 30
    Quote: Kostya Andrei
    Well, nothing new, in the pack I personally did not read, this is long-known information.
    Another thing is interesting. you need to find out how the Japanese explain this excess. And their arguments are also justified. so there you need to understand.
    The opinion of the Japanese is similar to the Turkish position on the Armenian genocide: "firstly, there was nothing, secondly, they are bastards, and thirdly, they killed themselves to blame innocent Japan."

    Quote: Kostya Andrei
    But in principle, I would not be surprised if the Nanking massacre was ..
    There was no "if".
    1. Kostya Andreev
      Kostya Andreev 15 December 2016 21: 58
      The Japanese have very reasonably presented protection for the massacre. For example, the form does not correspond to this period and the armament of this was not. Interesting to read.
      The Japanese do not deny that they overdid it, to put it mildly, during the storming of the city, but they didn’t talk about such proportions.
      After listening to one, listen to the other
      1. Elevator in the building
        Elevator in the building 16 December 2016 02: 34
        Yes, you know, everyone has long known (and practically proven by democratic institutions) that the tyrant Stalin, forced poor Hitler to attack. Yes, yes, and all of Russia, this bloody maniac forced detachments under machine guns to fight with fluffy Europeans who only defended their rights .. and they also write, tell and give numbers so interesting .. do you need a surname, or do you know who I am? there is nothing to "listen to the other" in such matters. in Nuremberg and Khabarovsk they listened, that's enough. and any speculations on these topics are no longer appropriate!
  12. Stilet
    Stilet 16 December 2016 21: 09
    And do we want to settle something with representatives of this nation? Somehow, the Soviet soldier is not associated with a German girl in his arms, and Japanese "friends" are not associated with the hearts and liver of prisoners. Times change, but people remain the same. No islands for them. Also take away Hokkaido and give it to the Ainu. One friend told me that the Japanese still spread rot, do not allow them to develop, although there are very few of them left. Or allow only the Ainam to settle on them (the Kuril Islands). Asymmetric response ...
  13. RRR
    RRR 17 December 2016 19: 34
    In addition, read the article "To air the brain, about" polite "and" highly cultured "Japan ..."at
  14. stprapor2009
    stprapor2009 26 February 2017 13: 37
    Rare creatures Japanese macaques. They never repent of anything or apologize to anyone.