The Nanjing Massacre: A Japanese Journalist Confronts Japan's National Shame

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M.E. Sharpe, 1999 - 367 pages
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This book is based on four visits to China between 1971 and 1989 by Honda Katsuichi, an investigative journalist for Asahi Shimbun. His aim is to show in pitiless detail the horrors of the Japanese Army's seizure and capture of Nanjing in December 1937. Unvarnished accounts of the testimony - Chinese victims and Japanese perpetrators - to the rape and slaughter are juxtaposed with public relations announcements of the Japanese Army as printed in various Japanese newspapers of the time. The bland announcements of triumphant victories stand in bitter contrast to the atrocities that actually took place on the scene. The story unfolds with horrible detail as we watch the triumphant progress of the Japanese army whose troops were bent on rape and killing in the so-called "heat of battle." Yet by recalling the testimony of Japanese soldiers and reporters who were on the scene, as well as reproducing dispatches by Japanese Army authorities at the time, Honda makes it clear that the atrocities were part of a studied effort directed by the Japanese high command to impress the Chinese people with the power of its army and the folly of resistance to it - the estimate of 300,000 killed in these "military operations" is no exaggeratoin. Honda has worked with other Japanese journalists and scholars who have attempted to reveal the truth of the Nanjing massacre, provoked by the efforts of right-wing Japanese, including, sadly, many government officials, to whitewash the whole incident, even to the point of contending that a "massacre" never happened. This gripping account of the atrocities and cover-up joins other exposes - Chinese and now German - in keeping alive the memory of this shameful event.

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Japanese investigative journalist Honda's authoritative study of the Japanese Imperial Army's campaign of wholesale destruction, rape, and murder in central China (November 1937-March 1938) is far ... Read full review

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One Million Japanese Troops Land North of Hangzhou Bay
More of Our Troops Land at Shanghai
The City of Suzhou Has Finally Fallen
The Imperial Army Occupies Wuxi
The Rising Sun Flag Over the City Walls of Changzhou
Seizing Jurong We Charge Onward
Zhenjiang Occupied
The Contest to Cut Down a Hundred Goes Over the Top
The Imperial Forces Make an AllOut Charge on Nanjing
A War of Annihilation Unfolds
Nanjing Where Peace Has Been Restored
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Honda Katsuichi is a journalist and writer who worked for many years at the "Asahi Shinbun", Japan's leading newspaper. He is the author of more than thirty works in Japanese, including books on the Ainu, the Nanjing Massacre, and Japanese society. Kyoko Selden is Senior Lecturerin the Department of Modern Languages at Cornell University. Her translations include Kayano Shigeru's, "Our Land Was a Forest: An Ainu Memoir" (1994). David L. Howell is Associate Professor of History at Princeton University.

Gibney is president of the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College and vice chairman of TBS-Britannica in Tokyo.

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