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By Dr Gideon Polya
18 August, 2015
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe gave a speech on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the end of WW2 in the Pacific, a conflict in which 60 million people died. However PM Abe's speech offered no apology for Japanese atrocities and, while carefully quantitating Japanese military losses, gave no quantitative details of horrendous Japanese, British, American and Australian war crimes in WW2.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe's statement on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 in the Pacific (14 August 1945) included the following key observations: “On the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, we must calmly reflect upon the road to war, the path we have taken since it ended, and the era of the 20th century. We must learn from the lessons of history the wisdom for our future…
From a quantitative, scientific perspective, Shinzo Abe's statement is grossly insufficient, correspondingly disingenuous, and accordingly unsatisfactory to all those countries in East Asia, South East Asia,
While not actually offering a further apology on the occasion of this 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 in Asia, and indeed while observing that 80% of Japanese today were born after WW2 and were therefore not responsible, Abe stated: “
However “it takes two to tango” and the European colonial powers that
The following brief, quantitative summary of Japanese and European war crimes in the Eastern theatre of WW2 attempts to redress these deficiencies by putting numerical upper estimates to what Abe dismissed in a mere 4 words when he said that “countless lives were lost'” .
Deadly Japanese war crimes in WW2.
The essential and overarching Japanese WW2 war crime was the invasion of other countries, noting that in WW2 the Japanese occupied territory of 26 present-day countries, specifically China, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Russia (East Asia), Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia, East Timor (South East Asia), India (South Asia), Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Kiribati, Tuvalu (Oceania) and Guam (US territory), as well as militarily invading the territory of further countries by bombing (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia and the US).
Civilian and military deaths from violence or deprivation in Asian countries impacted by the Japan-initiated WW2 in Asia totalled about 60 million, the breakdown being up to 40 million (China, 1937-1945; ), 7 million (India [3-5]), 3.7 million (Japan ), 4 million (Dutch East Indies ), 2.2 million (French Indo-China ), 0.5 million (Korea ), 0.5 million (Philippines ), 0.3 million (Burma ), and 0.1 million (Malaysia and Singapore ) .
POW deaths in Japanese custody totalled about 540,000, the breakdown including 400,000 (
Deadly British war crimes in WW2.
While Japan formally initiated WW2 in the Asian theatre with the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941, it is clear that the British did everything they could to encourage Japan to enter the war on the side of Germany and thus get the US to enter the war on the side of Britain . Thus Churchill stated that: “It was a blessing that
It should be further noted that the British have invaded 193 out of 203 present-day countries (195 UN-recognized nations and 8 non-UN-recognized self-governing countries) [8, 9], as compared to Japan 30,
British WW2 civilian targeting bombing war crimes include complicity in the development of nuclear weapons used to destroy Hiroshima and Nagasaki (up to 230,000 killed, 150,000 in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki) ; complicity in Allied bombing of German cities (500,000 German civilians killed; 7.5 million rendered homeless) despite expert scientific evidence that it was counterproductive and jeopardized the War in the Atlantic [4, 14, 15]; and complicity in bombing of civilians in France and Italy (67,000 and 50,000 deaths, respectively) .
The British were complicit in deadly Allied maltreatment through deprivation of German POWs and civilians (the German Genocide and German Holocaust,1941-1950, involved 9 million deaths)  and in the killing of Japanese POWs and raping of Japanese women [17, 18].
Britain was responsible for the 1942-1945 WW2 Bengali Holocaust in which 6-7 million Indians were deliberately starved to death for strategic reasons but which ahs been largely deleted from British historiography and hence from general public perception [3-5, 19].
Deadly US war crimes in WW2.
US WW2 civilian targeting bombing war crimes include the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (up to 230,000 killed, 150,000 in Hiroshima and 80,000 in Nagasaki) ; Allied bombing of German cities (500,000 killed; 7.5 million rendered homeless) [4, 14, 15]; bombing of civilians in France and Italy (67,000 and 50,000 deaths, respectively) ; and the fire-bombing destruction of 67 Japanese cities with as many as 500,000 Japanese deaths and some 5 million more made homeless .
The US was complicit in deadly Allied maltreatment through deprivation of German POWs and civilians (the German Genocide and German Holocaust,1941-1950, involved 9 German million deaths)  and in the killing of Japanese POWs and raping Japanese women [17, 18].
After WW2 the
Deadly Australian war crimes in WW2.
The ultimate, fundamental war crime is invading other countries. Mostly as a
Australians were involved in Allied strategic bombing of civilians in
Rape and “comfort women” abuses of
Opportunistic rape accompanies war [17, 18] but the Japanese military organized a large-scale rape system of 200,000-400,000 sex slaves or “comfort women” to service the Japanese military [25, 26]. Japanese PM Shinzo Abe offensively asserted that these 0.2-0.4 million “comfort women” were not forced into sexual submission . In his 70th Anniversary non-apology, PM Abe mentioned “that there were women behind the battlefields whose honour and dignity were severely injured”  but he did not apologize or retract his offensive assertion that the “comfort women” were not coerced.
However the British did the same via their Military Labor Corps in
After WW2, from 1950 to 2000 the Americans had a system involving 300,000 sex workers (many variously coerced or tricked) to service the Allied forces in
The statement by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2 in the Pacific did not offer an apology, and, while stating that “three million of our compatriots lost their lives during the war”, failed to quantitate the horrendous Japanese war crime of 60 million deaths in WW2 as a result of Japanese militarism. Instead PM Abe hid behind the phrases “countless lives were lost among young people” and “numerous innocent citizens suffered and fell victim to battles as well as hardships such as severe deprivation of food” . While PM Abe rightly mentioned the atomic bombing of
Politicians lie by omission and PM Shinzo Abe's statement reveals that he is no exception. However the UK, US and Australian counterparts of the Japanese Mainstream media, politicians and academic Establishment are also lying by omission over horrendous British, American and Australian war crimes in WW2 as detailed above, including secret encouragement of war, violent mass murder of millions, mass murder of millions through imposed deprivation, and large-scale sexual abuse of starving, impoverished, or otherwise enslaved women.
Holocaust means the deaths of huge numbers of people whereas genocide is precisely defined by Article 2 of the UN Genocide Convention as “acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group” . The same First World presstitutes who selectively ignore the WW2 war crimes of Japan, the UK, the US and Australia also ignore the ongoing, anti-Arab anti-Semitic, Neocon American and Zionist Imperialist (NAZI)-promoted US War on Muslims (13 million Muslim deaths from violence or war-imposed deprivation in an appalling Muslim Holocaust and Muslim Genocide since 1990)  and the ongoing Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust in which 17 million people die avoidably from deprivation each year in the Developing World (minus China) and 1.5 billion people have died thus since 1950 .
History ignored yields history repeated. Genocide ignored yields genocide repeated. Holocaust ignored yields holocaust repeated . PM Abe was egregiously disingenuous when he stated “We must learn from the lessons of history the wisdom for our future”  while selectively ignoring past and present crimes of Japan, the UK, the US and Australia. Indeed, also ignored by PM Abe, the terminal weakening of Western and Japanese colonialism due to the cataclysm of WW2 resulted in dramatic increases in life expectancy in the formerly subject countries. Thus the “annual avoidable deaths as a percentage of population” fell from a genocidal 3.1% pa in British –ruled
Lying, whether lying by omission or lying by commission, is deadly. Thus it is now very unlikely that the world will avoid a catastrophic plus 2 degrees Centigrade (2C) temperature rise [30, 31], world leaders ignore the paleoclimatology-informed reality that their 2C target is actually a disaster [32, 33], and Japan under PM Shinzo Abe has offered a derisory cutting of emissions by “20% by 2030 on 2005 levels” , ignoring the reality that Japan has only 2 years left before it exceeds its “fair share” of the world's 2010-2050 Terminal Carbon Pollution Budget that must not be exceeded if we are to have a 75% chance of avoiding a plus 2C temperature rise .
Holocaust ignored yields holocaust repeated. Ignoring the WW2 Chinese Holocaust (40 million killed), the WW2 Bengali Holocaust (7 million killed) and the Global Avoidable Mortality Holocaust (17 million deaths from deprivation each year and 1.5 billion such deaths since 1950)  will simply ensure more of the same and indeed far worse. Thus it is estimated that 10 billion people will die this century – an average of 100 million per year - in an already worsening climate genocide if climate change is not requisitely addressed . Humane people must (a) utterly reject the One Percenter Establishment holocaust ignorers, (b) inform everyone they can, and (c) urge and apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all those politicians, parties, companies, corporations and countries disproportionately complicit in the worsening climate genocide.
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Dr Gideon Polya has been teaching science students at a major Australian university for 4 decades. He published some 130 works in a 5 decade scientific career, most recently a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds" (CRC Press/Taylor & Francis,
) and “Ongoing Palestinian Genocide” in “The Plight of the Palestinians (edited by William Cook, Palgrave Macmillan,
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