The Asian War
The Asian War
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.
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