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Grassroots FascismThe War Experience of the Japanese People$
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Yoshimi Yoshiaki

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165686

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165686.001.0001

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The Asian War

The Asian War

Chapter:
(p.151) 3 The Asian War
Source:
Grassroots Fascism
Author(s):

Ethan Mark

, Yoshimi Yoshiaki
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165686.003.0003

This chapter chronicles the sacrifices made by Japanese allies and conscripts in Indonesia, Burma, the Philippines, and China, and how their stories reveal yet more illuminating facets upon the complicated history of the Asia-Pacific war. Through the experiences and memoirs of these people the uglier side of Japanese imperialism are seen through the eyes of the Japanese who were either stationed or residing at other Asian nations that were swallowed up by the conflict. The role of Japan as victimizer is palpable here—some of the subjects of these memoirs were even oppressed by their fellow Japanese, further highlighting the wartime complexities straining the relationship between nation and citizen. Yet some of the people mentioned in these anecdotes have also committed atrocities of their own against fellow Japanese, alongside their crimes against the natives of the country they have occupied—actions that some would later contemplate with regret.

Keywords:   Asia-Pacific War, Indonesia, Burma, Philippines, China, Japanese imperialism, victimizer

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