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Death of last surviving Alaskan taken by Japan during WWII rekindles memories of forgotten battle

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Stories don't get much sadder than this one. Never forget unforgivable Japanese cruelties.

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RIP.

Funny how the Japanese narrative always ignores stories like this.

The whitewashing of WW2 is so complete in Japan that hardly anyone knows Japan was on the same side as the Nazis.

Sick to my high teeth hearing about Hiroshima and the victim playing.

Japan was an evil country during the Second World War and not just to its enemies......the IJA and IJN made sure their own citizens suffered as well.

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I'm tired of hearing the usual sentimental arguments from Koreans about the Japanese military being cruel and intolerable.

This is despite the fact that the Korean military's atrocities in Vietnam have been completely ignored.

What would you do in a situation where there was no place to release these prisoners who were starving and about to freeze to death, and if they were not taken they would inevitably be drawn into a battle with the American military, and there was already insufficient food on the Japanese mainland? ?

Incidentally, even children's evacuation ships have been sunk by American submarines. What would you do if you had no boat or food?

If you have an answer that everyone can understand, please show it.

This situation is almost the same as what is said to be the death march of Bataan, where there was no medicine or food. All I had to do was walk 83km in three days.

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Americans are gifted with outstanding geography surrounded by enormous moats of water and largely don’t worry about invasion.

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RedemptionToday 04:29 pm JST

Americans are gifted with outstanding geography surrounded by enormous moats of water and largely don’t worry about invasion.

But this story shows that we ignore what goes on overseas at our peril.

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I didn't know about this - a fascinating read. Although a relatively minor part of WW2, these stories bring the individual horrors of war to life.

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I'm tired of hearing the usual sentimental arguments from Koreans about the Japanese military being cruel and intolerable.

I'm so sorry if the stories of Japanese cruelty are tiring for you. Perhaps the surviving victims could make their stories more entertaining for you - add a few jokes, or taste some oishi Japanese food.

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Agent_Neo: "I'm tired of hearing the usual sentimental arguments from Koreans about the Japanese military being cruel and intolerable."

I don't see any Koreans on here posting, nor is this about the very real atrocities Japan committed against Korea and its people.

"This is despite the fact that the Korean military's atrocities in Vietnam have been completely ignored."

Ignored on an article about the last survivor of Japan's invasion of the island and kidnapping of its inhabitants, many of whom died as a result of Japanese cruelty? Ummm... Methinks you're angry that there's yet more proof of Japan's atrocities and it's not covered up as well as it should be, so you deflect. Or, feel free to point out where any of this story is mentioned in the Japanese textbooks.

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Mr.deanzaZZR is Korean, but you just don't know that, right?

His statements are always anti-Japanese. Click on his name to see a log of what he said.

Koreans are in the same position as Austria, which cooperated with Germany, so they are in no position to criticize Japan. It hasn't even been colonized.

This is fundamentally different from the way Taiwan and other Southeast Asian countries criticize Japan.

There seems to be a misunderstanding, but I believe that the Japanese military did not commit any war crimes! I'm not advocating nonsense like that.

If there is anything we can do now for the people who became a battlefield between the United States and Japan, it would be for them to go to court and for Japan to apologize and compensate them. I think it is necessary to investigate the situation at the time in detail and pass on the truth to future generations.

For example, diplomatic relations with China were normalized after the war, but unlike South Korea, China did not demand reparations. In return, Chinese victims of war can sue in Japanese courts and receive an apology and compensation. The life you lost won't come back, so that's all you can do now.

In this article, if the Japanese military was so cruel, why did they go to the trouble of deporting just a few local people? All you have to do is kill them on the spot.

Or, if we don't take them as prisoners of war and leave them alive, they will die on their own in an American attack.

Since we know for sure that there will be a counterattack from the United States, there will be no evidence left behind. Why?

For example, on Palau's Peleliu Island, the islanders decided to fight alongside the Japanese army in the approaching decisive battle with the American army, but the Japanese army refused and evacuated them to the main island. After that, the Japanese army on Peleliu Island was completely annihilated, and although they fought so bravely that an American report stated, ''The Japanese army garrison died in battle loyally for the sake of their homeland,'' the islanders were not involved. .

Most of what China and South Korea show as atrocities committed by the Japanese military is based only on testimonies or is fabricated after the war. A good example would be the Nanjing Massacre. Even Chiang Kai-shek, who ruled Nanjing at the time, did not testify that such a massacre had taken place.

What is true must be recorded and remembered.

However, there is no point in recording Chinese propaganda or Korean fantasy.

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By the way, the battle of Attu Island

Approximately 600 Americans died in battle, and approximately 1,200 were wounded.

Japanese casualties: 2,638 killed in action, 29 captured

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