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How Japan Committed Crimes Against Humanity In Pursuit Of Self Interest

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Japan was one of the major powers of Axis Powers during the World War II. From 1937 to 1945, Japan started a series of wars, and resulted in millions of casualties along the way. Japanese battlefield consists of three parts: China, Pacific and Southeastern Asia. Japanese started these wars because they wanted to gain resources and war advantages for their own country. Japan committed crimes against humanity during their wars, which means they neglected human dignity and degraded human value by humiliation. During the Sino-Japanese War, the Pearl Harbor Attack and wars in Southeastern Asia, Japan, in pursuit of self-interest, violated human rights and committed crimes against humanity.
Japan's attacking China in 1937 is a crime against humanity. On July 7, 1937, Japan attacked Beijing using a missing soldier as an excuse, without no official declaration to war against China. On December 13, 1937, Japan started a series of massacre in Nanking, which resulted in a casualty of 300,000. During the three-month-long massacre, Japanese army kill for pure fun, and their crime include brutal rape of innocent women, beheading civilians as competition, and murder newborn babies. Unit 731 of Japanese army used Chinese people as human test subjects to develop chemical weapon to win the war. They performed amputation and poison gas test on innocent Chinese civilians. When the war reached stalemate, and Japanese troops suffered from hunger, they kill war prisoners and eat the bodies. Japanese officers forced Chinese women to be "comfort lady" for the troops. While the name sounded great, reality was that these "comfort ladies" ended up raped by Japanese soldiers over and over again until death. (Yoshimi 146) These were all crime against humanity, as Japanese commit mass killings for no other reason than to intimidate Chinese, and their scorched-earth policy "Burn all, kill all, loot all", along with all the horrifying fact provided above, are furious demonstrations of serious attack to human dignity, degradation of innocent civilians and humiliation of war prisoners. All these atrocities were categorized by International Military Tribunal of Far East as crime against humanity. Sino-Japanese war led to the death of at least 30 million civilians and 4 million troops. Japanese started this eight-year-long war for its own interest. Japan wanted to be the leader of Asia ever since 1860, the beginning of its industrialization. Japan's plan was to conquer China, a country with abundant natural resources and human power, and use it as a pedal to conquer the whole Asia. However, China gave no reason for Japanese to start a war. In 1937, Japan accused China of being responsible for a missing soldier, and started the war for such an absurd reason. The crimes followed by triggering the war were all acts Japanese thought necessary to conquer China. "Comfort lady" was for "appeasing troops"; live human test subjects was for developing more powerful chemical weapon;...

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