(Translated by Peter Nozawa Thurwachter)
In order to know about Chinese people, a great source to reference is the blog, “The man who learned too much about China and Korea”. The Tongzhou incident saw many deaths of Japanese Nationals, but in reality 3000 more Japanese deaths occurred in the Tonghua incident. As a matter of fact, the Tonghua incident was just one of many incidents that occurred in Manchuria. At the time, 20% of the 300,000 Japanese nationals living in Manchuria were killed.
At the time, the number of Japanese pioneers in the region including those in the youth volunteer army was speculated to be somewhere between 270,000 and 320,000. After the Soviet entry into the war, most Japanese Nationals were left behind in the bordering zones and only 110,000 made it back to Japan. “ManMouKaitakumin” , Manchuria / Mongolian pioneer Immigrants or Group, was the name given to the Japanese immigrants who moved into the former Manchuria, Inner Mongolia, and Northern China in a program promoted by the Japanese government between the time period spanning the Manchurian Incident and the duration of the Pacific War. After the Manchurian Incident in 1931, Japanese immigrant expansion into Manchukoku began to pick up speed. In 1936, under Hirota Kouki cabinet, the “Manchurian Pioneering Promotion Project” resolution was passed. The plan was to promote 5 million Japanese Nationals to emigrate into the area over a span of 20 years between 1936 and 1956. At the same time, plans to build 1 million housing units were also set into motion.
In 1936, the Japanese Government sent 20,000 pioneer families and between 1938 to 1942, sent 200,000 youth farmers to the area. Kato Kanji inherited supervisory responsibility for pioneer affairs under the ManshuPioneering Company. All immigration activity halted once the Japanese military forces lost air and naval superiority over the Sea of Japan and Yellow Sea.
The root of this tragedy stems from National Propaganda of the Japanese Military and Government aimed at painting Manchuria as a new frontier for impoverished Japanese to move into Manchuria to better their lives. However, nothing can ever justify the killing and raping of innocent civilians.
In the pre-war era, many Japanese Nationals experienced tremendous hardship due to the increasingly reckless and rogue actions taken by the Japanese Military (although this was set into motion by covert American operations). Japan is facing a crisis due to a self-loathing view of history, extreme leftists, politicians, and traitorous acts by large corporations.
Of course trying to start a war is absolutely out of the question, but there is no reason for Japan to remain defenseless. (The actions of the Chinese Communist Party prove this and force me to say) “There is no doubt in my mind that (If Japan continues to remain defenseless), it will inevitably be destroyed by the Chinese Communist Party. The history of the world is strewn with the remains of nations that did not have a strong awareness of national defense.
What Japan needs most now is to revise its constitution to reform the Self Defense Force as a Normal military, and increase the military budget to counter China’s sudden military armament expansion especially because there is not that much outcry from the public or the opposition party regarding this issue right now.
One can’t help but be pessimistic about Japan’s future after seeing the 100 billion yen reduction in defense budget proposed in the most recent “Self Defense Proposal Outline”.
The public outcry against the release of the Chinese ship captain (captain of the ship that rammed a Maritime Self Defense force ship in 2010) was tremendous and yet the public and opposition party seem uninterested in the reduction of the defense budget.
In my opinion, the reduction of the defense budget is a far greater problem. No matter what we say to China, in order for diplomacy to work, a nation needs to have military strength backing it or all request will fall on deaf ears. If too strong of a stance is taken, there is the danger that we play right into the hands of the Chinese military command and give them an excuse to start a conflict. They (China) are thugs, Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao do not have actual control over the military forces and to believe so will be a big mistake.
The Japanese people of today do not realize that the evil nature of a modern day single party state hasn’t really changed all that much from the dictatorships of the past.
From j o y san’s blog
The tragedy of “The Tongzhou Incident”
There is a blog “Conservative of Tokushima”
Reposted from the Tokushima Blog http://d.hatena.ne.jp/minoru20000/20100901/p1
“Nezukichi Monologues” http://nezu621.blog7.fc2.com/blog-entry-1025.html
In this blog, there are testimonials regarding those who experienced the “The Tongzhou Incident”
73 years ago from today on July 29 1937, in the Tongzhou district of Western Beijing, several hundred Japanese expatriates were killed. This was the Tongzhou Incident, considered to be one of the impetuses of Japan’s entry into the Chinese theater of the Second World War. The expatriates living in Tongzhou were viciously killed by Chinese students and security personnel, while the Japanese military forces were away, in such a horrendous manner that there are few equivalents in history. Furthermore, the Chinese showed no pity toward murdered Japanese and even desecrated the corpses. What the Japanese military forces saw upon their return was a horror beyond words. Chinese have fabricated that the Japanese Army committed massacres, cut open the bellies of pregnant women and threw the babies onto bayonets in Nanjing, and accuse Japan of committing unspeakable evils, but if we see what happened in Tongzhou, one can see that this is in fact what the Chinese themselves had done. Most Japanese have forgotten of the Tongzhou incident, but we must make sure not to forget how Japanese expatriates were gruesomely murdered and the violent nature of the Chinese that committed these acts. There are many Japanese testimonies regarding the “Tongzhou Incident”, but my blog highlights the stories of “S” san that actually lived through it. My aim is to spread this and have as many Japanese know about this incident. It is a long story so I have divided it into multiple links.
“The tragedy of “The Tongzhou Incident” (the experiences of “S” san) ? The Hellish picture of the Wholesale Slaughter of Japanese” URL list
Part 1 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/minoru20000/20100730/p1
Part 2 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/minoru20000/20100816/p1
Part 3 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/minoru20000/20100901/p1
Part 4 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/minoru20000/20100915/p1
Part 5 http://d.hatena.ne.jp/minoru20000/20100929/p1
Part 3 of “S” san’s experience
“S” san’s experience (continued)
It was past 8 and as it neared 9 o’clock, the sound of gunfire began to silence. I was beginning to feel this terrible incident was coming to a close and was beginning to feel a sense of relief. It was then that I heard a voice yell “There’s something interesting (fun?) beginning in the Japanese quarters!”. My house was a little bit away from the Japanese quarters so at the time, it didn’t sink in. Soon thereafter, someone stated that it seemed women and children were being killed in the Japanese quarters. A sense of fear came over me, but it is human to want to see terrifying things. I grabbed “T”san’s hand and dragged him (her?) and rushed toward the Japanese quarters. Looking back on it now, I cannot explain why I did such a thing then. It seemed like I moved by instinct. Pulling “T”san along with me perhaps was the bond of marriage manifesting itself in a strange way?
As we approached the Japanese quarters, there was a strange smell. There was a fire fight earlier, so I had assumed the Japanese Barracks were burning, but it wasn’t just that. There was a raw stench of blood, the smell of human blood. But at that point, I had begun getting used to the smell. There were many Chinese standing on the side of the road, and amongst them were those odd looking students wearing black clothes. Those students were mixed among the soldiers of the security troops.