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Japanese War Crimes

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Eyewitnesses to Massacre : American Missionaries Bear Witness to Japanese Atrocities in Nanjing (An East Gate Book)
by Kai-Yuan Chang (Editor), et al

Documents on the Rape of Nanking (Ann Arbor Paperbacks)
by Timothy Brook (Editor)
Paperback: 288 pages
University of Michigan Press; ISBN: 0472086626; (January )

Factories of Death : Japanese Biological Warfare 1932-45 and the American Cover-Up
by Sheldon H. Harris
The result of 10 years of research, this book is the most important and authoritative in the field. A classic. Db.
Paperback: Routledge; ISBN: 0415132061;
The Comfort Women : Japan's Brutal Regime of Enforced Prostitution in the Second World War
by George L. Hicks
One of the ravages of war has always been rape, but in the 1930s and '40s the Imperial Japanese Forces made it systematic, forcing thousands of women into sexual slavery for their soldiers at highly organized "comfort stations." Drawn mostly from Korea (which was then ruled by Japan), the "comfort women" who tell their horrific stories in this book were shipped to the front lines and all over the war zones, often arriving in the same shipments with munitions and food. Like those staples, their sexual services were intended to keep an army working and alive; a common superstition among the troops was the belief that sex before battle could magically ward off injury. This searing, painful chapter in history was uncovered in part by a Japanese journalist, who came across photos of the women in classified documents. --Francesca Coltrera 
Paperback - 303 pages Reprint edition
W.W. Norton & Company; ISBN: 0393316947

Comfort Women : Sexual Slavery in the Japanese Military During World War II
by Yoshiaki Yoshimi, Suzanne O'Brien (Translator)
This is the definitive account of the practice of sexual slavery the Japanese military perpetrated during World War II by the researcher principally responsible for exposing the Japanese government's responsibility for these atrocities. The large scale imprisonment and rape of thousands of women, who were euphemistically called "comfort women" by the Japanese military, first seized public attention in 1991 when three Korean women filed suit in a Toyko District Court stating that they had been forced into sexual servitude and demanding compensation. Since then the comfort stations and their significance have been the subject of ongoing debate and intense activism in Japan, much if it inspired by Yoshimi's investigations. How large a role did the military, and by extension the government, play in setting up and administering these camps? What type of compensation, if any, are the victimized women due? These issues figure prominently in the current Japanese focus on public memory and arguments about the teaching and writing of history and are central to efforts to transform Japanese ways of remembering the war. Yoshimi Yoshiaki provides a wealth of documentation and testimony to prove the existence of some 2,000 centers where as many as 200,000 Korean, Filipina, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Burmese, Dutch, Australian, and some Japanese women were restrained for months and forced to engage in sexual activity with Japanese military personnel. Many of the women were teenagers, some as young as fourteen. To date, the Japanese government has neither admitted responsibility for creating the comfort station system nor given compensation directly to former comfort women.
Hardcover - 240 pages 0 edition (January 15, )
Columbia Univ Pr; ISBN: 023112032X

The Rape of Nanking : The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II
Iris Chang, Foreword by William C. Kirby
China has endured much hardship in its history, as Iris Chang shows in her ably researched The Rape of Nanking, a book that recounts the horrible events in that eastern Chinese city under Japanese occupation in the late 1930s. Nanking, she writes, served as a kind of laboratory in which Japanese soldiers were taught to slaughter unarmed, unresisting civilians, as they would later do throughout Asia. Likening their victims to insects and animals, the Japanese commanders orchestrated a campaign in which several hundred thousand--no one is sure just how many--Chinese soldiers and noncombatants alike were killed. Chang turns up an unlikely hero in German businessman John Rabe, a devoted member of the Nazi party who importuned Adolf Hitler to intervene and stop the slaughter, and who personally saved the lives of countless residents of Nanking. She also suggests that the Japanese government pay reparations and apologize for its army's horrific acts of 60 years ago.
Paperback - 290 pages (November )
Penguin USA
(Paper); ISBN: 0140277447
The Good Man of Nanking : The Diaries of John Rabe
John Rabe, et al
Like Oskar Schindler of Schindler's List, John Rabe was an enterprising and fundamentally decent German businessman caught up in war. Head of the Nanjing branch of Siemens, the German electronics firm, he had lived and worked in China for almost 30 years. Rather than flee from the threatened city, he stayed to organize a safety zone as refuge of last resort for Chinese civilians. The Good Man of Nanking is his firsthand description of the terrible events and his ultimate success in saving perhaps a quarter of a million lives. The diary format provides a forum for the extraordinary power and immediacy of John Rabe's words, including his gallows humor, placing the reader there in Nanking as the bombs explode and the Japanese soldiers begin their massacres. Rabe's trials were not over when he returned to wartime Germany; diary entries that he wrote during the occupation of Berlin by the Soviet army form a fascinating coda to this book. --John Stevenson,
Paperback - 320 pages (March 14, )
Vintage Books; ISBN: 0375701974
American Goddess at the Rape of Nanking : The Courage of Minnie Vautrin
Hua-Ling Hu 
Hidden Horrors : Japanese War Crimes in World War II 
(Transitions--Asia and Asian America)
by Yuki Tanaka
HIDDEN HORRORS reveals for the first time Japanese atrocities during World War II, including cannibalism; the slaughter and starvation of POWs; and the rape, enforced prostitution, and murder of noncombatants.
"As sobering and thought-provoking a book as one could read on the subject". - THE JAPAN TIMES.
Paperback - 296 pages
Westview Pr (Trd Pap); ISBN: 0813327180
The Nanjing Massacre in History and Historiography
Joshua A. Fogel (Editor)

Unit 731 Testimony
by Hal Gold
Paperback (March )
Charles E Tuttle Co; ISBN: 4900737399

Judgment at Tokyo : The Japanese War Crimes Trials
by Timothy P. Maga

Ships from Hell : Japanese War Crimes on the High Seas
by Raymond Lamont-Brown

Japanese War Crimes
by Peter Li (Editor)

Sugamo Prison, Tokyo : An Account of the Trial and Sentencing of Japanese War Criminals in 1948, by a U.S. Participant
by John L. Ginn
(Hardcover - November 1992)
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The Knights of Bushido : A Short History of Japanese War Crimes
by Lord Russell of Liverpool
An enlightening elucidation of Japanese brutality in World War II, this book is an honest look at an unexplored facet of the inhumane war crimes of this era.

The war crimes trials at Nuremberg and Tokyo meted out the Allies' official justice; Lord Russell of Liverpool's sensational bestselling books on the Axis' war crimes decided the public's opinion. The Knights of Bushido, Russell's shocking account of Japanese brutality in the Pacific in World War II, describes how the noble founding principles of the Empire of Japan were perverted by the military into a systematic campaign of torture, murder, starvation, rape, and destruction. Notorious incidents like the Nanking Massacre and the Bataan Death March emerge as merely part of a pattern of human rights abuses. Undoubtedly formidable soldiers, the Japanese were terrible conquerors. Their conduct in the Pacific is a harrowing example of the doctrine of mutual destruction carried to the extreme, and begs the question of what is acceptable—and unacceptable—in total war. 37 black-and-white illustrations
(Publication Date: August 17, 2008)

The Japanese on Trial : Allied War Crimes Operations in the East, 1945-1951
by Philip R. Piccigallo
(Hardcover - February 1980)
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Lest We Forget : Nanjing Massacre, 1937
Xu Zhigeng
Mass Market Paperback: 308 pages
Chinese Literature Press; ISBN: 7507103021
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True Stories of the Korean Comfort Women (Cassell Global Issues Series)
by Keith Howard (Editor), Korean Council for Women Drafted for Military sex
Paperback - 224 pages (March )
Cassell Academic; ISBN: 030433264X
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