), Sensō Hanzai Chōsa Shiryō [Documents on War Crimes Investigation] (Tokyo: Higashi Shuppan, 1995). The Nationalist armies attempted to resist the invasion but were quickly overcome by the technological supremacy and preparedness of the Japanese. [30] The recommendation says that the figure of 5,000 victims of the Singapore Massacre was untrue and that his war crimes trial had been an act of reprisal. See also Hayashi, Sabakareta Senso Hanzai, p. 220. [52] Sensō Giseisha wo Kokoro ni Kizamukai [Society for Keeping War Victims in our Heart], Nihongun no Maresia Jumin Gyakusatu [The Massacres of Malaysian Local Population by the Japanese Military] (Osaka: Toho Shuppan, 1989). Japanese brutalities A Chinese baby who survived a Japanese air raid on Shanghai in 1937. Work by Singaporean and other researchers has produced valuable information about the Singapore massacre, yet it seems to me that there is room for further research. [9] “Kakyō Kōsaku Jisshi Yōryō [Implementation Guidance for Manipulating Overseas Chinese]” in LNIDS. The Kempeitai of the 25th Army was on the alert for such activities during the Malayan campaign, but made only two arrests. The Japanese occupation of Nanjing from December 1937, often referred to as the ‘Rape of Nanjing’, is the most infamous example of Japanese brutality. They claim that a purge was necessary to restore public order, and this point was raised at the war crimes trial in Singapore. In Singapore it is generally believed that the number killed in this event was about 50,000. B. The same evidence was presented to the Tokyo War Crimes Trial. Otani Keijiro, a Kempeitai lieutenant colonel in charge of public security in Singapore from the beginning of March 1942, also rejected this line of defense, severely criticizing Japanese atrocities in Singapore. [33] Another Asahi report criticized the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Singapore for stoking hatred by propagating stories of barbarity by the Japanese military during the war. I limit the discussion to internal factors of Japanese military and society. The Battle of Singapore, the Massacre of Chinese and Understanding of the Issue in Postwar Japan. Even the small South Pacific island of Nauru did not escape the horrors of the war. During their occupation of the island, the Japanese committed a string of atrocities, and a few stood out for their brutality. [27] He was the mastermind behind the forcible donation of $50 million and the “Implementation Guidance for Manipulating Overseas Chinese”, which set out the fatal consequences of non-compliance. [16] Furyo Kankei Chōsa Chuō Iinkai [Central Board of Inquiry on POWs], “Shingaporu ni okeru Kakyō Shodan Jōkyō Chōsho” [Record of Investigation on the Execution of Overseas Chinese in Singapore], 23 Oct. 1945 (Reprinted in Nagai Hitoshi (ed. There wasn't many changes in the lives of people in Singapore before and during the Japanese Occupation. While. This claim is prevalent among researchers in Japan. Yamashita was the link that connected Japanese atrocities in Manchuria and North China with those in Singapore. 240-1. [57] This book comprehensively introduced Japanese readers to the living conditions and suffering of Singaporeans under the Japanese occupation. The resulting food shortages, famine and human suffering only contributed to rising peasant hatred of Jiang Jieshi and the Nationalist regime. The agreement with Singapore was signed on the same day as a similar agreement with Malaysia. China’s underdeveloped industries were incapable of supplying munitions or engineering quickly or in sufficient quantities. [44] A few writers who were stationed or visited Singapore during the war have also published memoirs in which they record what they had heard about the Singapore Massacre. Treatment of the Chinese The Japanese regarded the Chinese as their arch enemies. Further information appeared in a book I published entitled, Sabakareta Senso Hanzai: Igirisu no Tainichi Senpan Saiban [Tried War Crimes; British War Crimes Trials of Japanese]. Why did the Japanese Military Massacre Chinese in Singapore? To the last, the Japanese government refused to accept legal responsibility for the massacre or to carry out a survey of the deaths. Jiang Jieshi was widely criticised for his wartime leadership, for placing more importance on the struggle against the communists than the Japanese. The figure of 5,000 executions, according to a written opinion by an official at the Ministry of Justice who was in charge of detained war criminals, was an exaggeration: the correct figure might be about 800. This sequence of events clearly rebuts the claims. 20 Malay schools re-opened on 12 April and four days later, 10 Indian schools started class. For example, National Archives of Singapore, The Japanese Occupation, 1942-1945, p. 68. During the occupation, Japan took over Korea’s labor and land. In 1942, US general Joseph Stillwell was sent to China to assist with training, reorganisation and equipment. International residents in Shanghai remained relatively safe, as the civilians of China were at the greatest risk from Japanese troops entering the city. He received further detailed instructions from the chief of staff, Lt. Gen. Suzuki Sosaku, and Lt. Numerous books contain such assertions, particularly books in Chinese. To sum up the points developed above, the Japanese military, in particular the 25th Army, made use of the purge to remove prospective anti-Japanese elements and to threaten local Chinese and others in order to swiftly impose military administration. The situation is similar with regard to junior high school history textbooks. The headquarters of the Division in peacetime was situated in Hiroshima and soldiers were conscripted in Hiroshima and neighboring prefectures. The Battle of Singapore, the Massacre of Chinese and Understanding of the Issue in Postwar Japan. Although the Singapore Massacre generated scant interest among the Japanese people in the postwar era, there has been some discussion of the incident. The first point to be considered is why the massacre took place, and the second is how the massacre has been presented in postwar Japan. Females were taken and forced into labour as “comfort women” (sex slaves for Japanese officers and soldiers). Beginning in 1962, numerous human remains dating from the Occupation were found in various locations around Singapore. The Kempeitai was Japan’s military police force in its occupied territories during World War II (1942–45). Ōnishi, Hiroku Shonan Kakyō Shukusei Jiken, p. 86. This is one of most famous war crimes trials held by the British in Singapore. Date published: September 18, 2019 Specially trained in interrogation methods, the Kempeitai’s task was to crush all resistance to Japanese military rule, with the powers to arrest and extract information from civilians as well as military personnel. The volume served as a guidebook for Japanese wishing to understand wartime events or visit sites of Japanese atrocities. Anyone who dared set a question about the atrocities for a university entrance examination could expect attacks not only from right-wingers but also from MPs belonging to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. On the night of 17 February 1942, Maj. Gen. Kawamura Saburo, an infantry brigade commander, was placed in charge of Japan’s Singapore Garrison. A third explanation offered for the massacre is that anti-Japanese Chinese were preparing for an armed insurrection, and that law and order was deteriorating in Singapore. The Singapore Massacre bears a close parallel to this method of preventive arrest and summary execution. It was claimed that Japanese troops killed only guerrillas and their supporters, and that the number was much smaller than reported. In contrast to the modernised and highly militarised Japanese, Chinese republican forces lacked training, equipment and a strong industrial base. Nevertheless, the treatment of the Chinese was purely arbitrary and was entirely dependent on the local Japanese commander. 2 out of the 5 aspects we researched on did changed.Thus, the lives of people in Singapore did slightly change but most of it stayed the same. Narratives of the Singapore Massacre in Postwar Japan, The Campaign to Undermine the War Crimes Trials in the 1950s. See Ōnishi, Hiroku Shonan Kakyō Shukusei Jiken, pp. During the Japanese occupation in Malaya for 3 ½ years, all the local people were controlled by Japanese and they had suffer a lot at that time as the policies brings social, economic and … Especially the Chinese part of the population was almost like how the Germans treated Jews in Europe. Ōnishi, Hiroku Shonan Kakyō Shukusei Jiken, pp. His earlier career included time spent as chief of a secret military agency in both Beijing and Harbin. Although the Singapore Massacre generated scant interest among the Japanese people in the postwar era, there has been some discussion of the incident. Such inhumane methods were legalized in Manchuria. The Kempeitai was Japan’s military police force in its occupied territories during World War II (1942–45). It was claimed that Japanese troops killed only guerrillas and their supporters, and that the number was much smaller than reported. Vision of a new order… Map of China and Japan in … The Japanese Army was moving through China at the outset of their invasion, massacring and looting with strict orders to “kill all captives.”The Japanese didn’t stop there, though. [6] However, on 21 February, the 25th Army ordered both the 5th and 18th Divisions to move into the Malay Peninsula to carry out mopping-up operations. Colonel Tsuji Masanobu. Sensō Giseisha wo Kokoro ni Kizamukai [Society for Keeping War Victims in our Heart], Nihongun no Maresia Jumin Gyakusatu [The Massacres of Malaysian Local Population by the Japanese Military] (Osaka: Toho Shuppan, 1989). These documents are open to the public at the Diplomatic Record Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 10, Dec. 1995. See Hayashi Hirofumi, “Nihon no Haigaiteki Nashonarizumu wa Naze Taitō shitaka” [Why Japanese Chauvinistic Nationalism has gained strength] in VAWW-NET Japan (ed. The Japanese allowed all Chinese people who volunteered to fight in the Japanese army the right to vote. [53] Originally published in 1988. Recommended citation: Hayashi Hirofumi, “The Battle of Singapore, the Massacre of Chinese and Understanding of the Issue in Postwar Japan”  The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. Sections of this volume were translated into Japanese in 1986 under the title Nihongun Senryoka no Singapore [Singapore under Japanese Occupation], allowing Japanese to read in their own language Singaporean testimony concerning wartime events. 5 (Tokyo: Heibonsha, 1977), Omata Yukio, Zoku Shinryaku [Sequel: Aggression] (Tokyo: Tokuma Shoten, 1982), and so on. [29] See Hayashi Hirofumi, BC-kyu Senpan Saiban [Class B & C War Crimes Trials] (Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2005), ch. [17] See Hayashi Hirofumi, Sabakareta Senso Hanzai, p. 224. Title: “The Second Sino-Japanese War” that included operational orders and official diaries related to the massacre of Chinese in Negri Sembilan and Malacca in 1942. [50] This article was prepared by the Kyodo News Service and appeared in newspapers on 8 Dec. 1987. Those deemed anti-Japanese were detained, loaded onto lorries, and taken away to the coast or to other isolated places where they were machine-gunned and bayoneted to death. Its government was dominated by militarists and expansionists who hoped to make Japan an Asian imperial power. Shōsetsu Nihonshi [The Details of Japanese History] (Tokyo: Yamakawa Shoten, 2001), p. 332. [40] The piece was mostly written by Professor Tanaka Hiroshi. In Singapore it is generally believed that the number killed in this event was about 50,000. 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