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Japanese Massacre of Indonesians in Mandor Commemorated

Posted by feww on June 28, 2015

Up to 14 million people massacred by the Japanese between 1895 and 1945 —U.S. historian

Japanese occupiers massacred more than 21,000 people, including many women and children, near Pontianak between April 23, 1943 to June 28, 1944.

[Pontianak is the provincial capital of West Kalimantan, one of five Indonesian provinces in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. Editor]

Most of the victims were buried in giant wells in Mandor, located about 88 km from Pontianak. Remains of more victims were discovered in mass, unmarked graves in Mandor and the surrounding areas in 2005, more than 60 years after the massacre.

Juang Mandor Monument
Indonesian victims of one of the Japanese massacres in WWII commemorated at the Juang Mandor Monument in Mandor town, near Pontianak, capital of West Kalimantan Province, Indonesia, June 28, 2015. (Xinhua/Zulkarnain). More images…

Japanese War Crimes in Asian and Pacific Countries

Japanese committed numerous war crimes in many Asian and Pacific countries throughout the period of Japanese imperialism, especially during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II, under Emperor Hirohito.

The scorched earth policy, sanctioned by Emperor Hirohito himself, ordered Japanese forces to “Kill All, Burn All, and Loot All.”

The total number of victims massacred by the “Japanese is more like 10-million to 14-million. Of these, I would suggest that between 6-million and 8-million were ethnic Chinese, regardless of where they were resident,” according to Sterling and Peggy Seagrave.

[The Tokyo Tribunal determined the death rate among POWs from Asian countries under Japanese occupation was 27.1%. However, the death rate of Chinese POWs was much higher because Emperor Hirohito ratified a directive on August 5, 1937 removing the constraints of international law on treatment of Chinese prisoners of war. Editor]

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Obama Sowing Seeds of Another Major Conflict

Posted by feww on April 24, 2014


Obama Gives Abe a Long Enough Rope to Hang the Japanese

The U.S. President, referred to by the moderators as 5-o, who is on a four-nation Asia tour, has reaffirmed his support for Japan in its row with China over Diaoyu Islands [called the Senkaku islands by Abe’s Japan.]

By expressing his support for the right wing, Yasakuni-ite government of Japan, 5-o has stoked the fire of a deep-rooted antagonism between the two Asian rivals, ensuring inevitability of a major conflict, possibly a war, in the region, while at the same time preaching against escalation in the dispute.

[NOTE: Russia’s Foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has asserted, “the Americans are running the show (in Ukraine) in a very close way.”]

“Article five [of the US-Japan security treaty] covers all territories under Japan’s administration including Senkaku islands,” said Obama. “We do not believe that they should be subject to change unilaterally.”

yes we can
A protester wearing an Obama mask attends an anti-war demonstration against Obama’s visit to Japan.  Obama arrived in Tokyo, Japan on a four-country tour of the Asia-Pacific region on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Yan Liang)

Meanwhile, Chinese officials have reasserted Japan’s occupation of the islands as “illegal and invalid.”

“No one can shake our determination to safeguard national territorial sovereignty and maritime interests,” said China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman.

Japan occupied the Diaoyu Islands during the Sino-Japanese War in 1895.

No matter who ultimately wins the dispute over the tiny islands, Japanese public are guaranteed to be the losers.

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