Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)

Book Authored (ISBN-10: 0824821599)
Sovereign Rights and Territorial Space in Sino-Japanese Relations: Irredentism and the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands (ISBN-10: 0824824938)

Friday, December 31, 2010

Learning History-V

During the U.S. occupation of WWII in Japan, the United States took large quantities of Japanese military government documents for the purpose of investigating Japan’s war crimes and gathering military intelligence. However, the US government copied about 3 percent of a total of 18 million pages of documents on microfilm and sent them back to Japan starting in 1958. These documents recorded the Japanese Imperial Army criminal atrocities, such as Unit 731 (biological and bacteriological weapons on human), comfort women, labor slavery, and Rape of Nanjing etc. between September 1931 and the end of 1948. According to the bill (106th Congress, 1st session) in association with: “(A) the Japanese Imperial Army; (B) any government in any area occupied by the military forces of the Japanese Imperial Army; (C) any government established with the assistance or cooperation of the Japanese Imperial Army; or (D) any government which was ally of the Imperial Army of Japan (Japanese Imperials Army Disclosure Act, 10 November 1999).”

In March 2009, the Japanese Imperial Army Disclosure Act took effect. This bill, which was included in the FY 2001 Intelligence Authorization Bill, was submitted to the Senate by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, and singed into law by President Bill Clinton in 2000. The content of the law is similar to that of the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act that was passed in 1998. Will the Japanese government and right-wings in Japan cooperate with the US to disclose their criminal acts?
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