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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Japan a country with no recollection of their past.

Let me begin this story about Japan with the famous saying from George Santayana.
George Santayana reminds us that the lessons of history are invaluable: "Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it."
This is a really valuable lesson and Japan should learn from this.Japan has forgotten a lot of their past. Have they?????
Let me remind Japan:

Japan you surrendered unconditionally after WW11. Since then Japan has been very quiet and gentle.
This year however, they are very assertive and promoting nationalism.

Japan has a dispute with China and Taiwan.
Japan has a dispute with South Korea.
Japan has a dispute with Vietnam.
Japan has a dispute with Russia in the North.
Japan has a dispute with the Phillippines and Brunei in the South.
It seems like the very quiet and gentle Japan can't get along with its neighbors.
To top it off, Japan want to host the Olympics as a friendly nation????

I can go on and on.Now Japan wants to claim the Diaoyu island.
Japan; according to international law,the Diaoyu island was already been returned to China at the end of WW11. The Japanese government accepted the terms of these documents including one saying" that all territories Japan had stolen from the Chinese, such as Manehuria, Formosa (as Taiwan was called before 1945), the Pescadores (or Penghu Islands), shall be restored to the Republic of China."Did you forget, you.. Japan started the war, did you forget you lost the war?? How much more do you like to forget???
Facts are facts, and history is not to be reversed. Japan is in outright denial, which Japan is very good at.You.. Japan signed the Peace Treaty in San Francisco in 1951, which was signed by Japan and the Allied Powers. Japan you signed an agreement to renounce all right, title and claim to Formosa and the Paracel islands.A separate peace treaty was signed in 1952 by Japan and the Republic of China declared that all agreements made between Japan and China before 1941 were null and void.It's perfectly clear,and logical as stated above,to conclude that the Diaoyu islands, being part of Taiwan territories have been returned to China.
Japan has forgotten that China was one of the Victors of  world war 11. Needless to say about the naked aggression and occupation by any external force, they already underwent the very long bitterness from the 19th Century till round WW2 period.Japan likes to forget all that! Like they like to forget that they wanted to free Asian of all Westerners.The atrocities Japan inflicted in World War 11, we the people (the Dutch from the Dutch East Indies) the English, the Australians,the Canadians and all Asian countries and China may forgive but never forget.
Today's generation of Japanese may claim they've nothing to do with their predecessors brutalities, but what are they doing toward the revisionists versions of the history about their fascist regime?What about their public officials (cabinet ministers or even premier) paying homage to Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, which honors Japan's war dead, including some convicted of major war crimes, like General Hideki Tojo, the Japanese Prime wartime prime minister, who was hanged as a war criminal after world war 2. His granddaughter Yuko Tojo born in 1939 is a nationalist activist and was a political hopeful in 2007.She pledges to realize the enshrinement of all Japan's military war dead, to include war criminals whose innocent she maintains, at the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. Her grandfather is one of the 14 class-A war criminals honored at the Shrine.She claims the war was one of self defense, she says: "Japan did not fight a war of aggression, it fought in self-defense.It was her grandfather General Hideki Tojo and their Emperor Hirohito( the biggest war-criminal of all times,he was worse then Hittler) ,who mastered the plan to attack Pearl Harbor.They attacked and bombed and killed thousands of Americans without provocation. Japans biggest mistake in history. And of course, occupying one's loot of the past. How is it possible that Japan so quickly recovered after the war? It was from stolen goods, Japan had hidden, during the war.Now you are crying wolf about peace, while explicit supporting those acts.....What do you expect China and those who suffered under the occupancy of Japan, feel and react???? It is quite easy to preach 'forget',forgive',peace', when you are not the victims and instead belong to the invader, and proudly holding the loot of the past.....

She claims there are no criminals in Japan. I think Yuko Tojo you are just as bad as your lovely grandfather and your government. Yes you people are very good in glorifying your past and denial is on top of your list.
Yuko Tojo you supported a movie production by a Japanese filmmaker Satoru Mizushima, that claims the 1937 Nanking Massacre was a complete fabrication by China and the West in a propaganda war against Japan.Your grand father taught you well.

Your grand father was a coward, who tried to commit suicide after the war, when he was convicted of all his war crimes.His attempt failed. He lived. He underwent surgery in a US army hospital. After recovering from his injuries Tojo was moved to Sugamo prison. While there he received a new set of dentures made by an American dentist. Why the hell did he needed new dentures, he was going to be hanged for all his war atrocities. He needed no new dentures, where he was going. But the American dentist secretly drilled the phrase "Remember Pearl Harbor" into the teeth in Morso code.Hideki Tojo, Japans Prime Minister from 1941-44 is widely remembered as a warmonger, who was behind Tokyo's invasions of its Asian and Pacific neighbors.It was Tojo who also ordered the Pearl Harbor attack that killed 2388 American troops and brought the US into World War !!.

My mother and I and her sister and her two children were in Japanese prison camps in Moetilan and Banjoebiroe 10, in the Dutch Indies on Java. My mother and her sister were raped by your military, and after the war carried the scars for the rest of their lives.

Thousands of innocent women and children suffered under Japan's occupancy.As many as 15 a day died in their camp, from starvation and beatings. You tell me that did not happen? My father died a terrible death, building a railway through the jungle as a prisoner of war. He was only 26 years old.Everywhere in the jungle the grave-yards made their appearance, until when the railway was completed at the end of October 1943, thousands of bodies lay in the jungle from one end of the railway to the other. My father was one of them.He died of starvation, dehydration, exhaustion, daily beatings and dysentery.It's been 69 years since he died a terrible death on that railroad track.It was September 18,1943.His friend unbelievable survived and was able to tell all.

You Yuko Tojo think that they made these stories up.Well let me tell you, World War 11 is one topic which make ordinary Japanese cringe- they are so burden by it. And- Japanese nationalists like you (Yuko Tojo) realized it too, but rather choose to justify Japan's militarism as away to lift that shame off the people. Any average Japanese person is not aware of the 100.000 Dutch civilians hold captive by the Imperial Japanese Army in the South Pacific.

Japan destroyed all their records of world war 11. Not many photographs were being taken of the death camps in the Dutch East Indies when the victims were found.
Japan keeps denying their atrocities inflicted on Human beings during the War. They keep denying about the abductions of Dutch boys (not older then 10 years old). These boys were forcible taken from their mothers who protested vehemently. Many of these young boys died, the one who survived lost their youth and had difficulties adjusting to normal life.
Japan when are you going to take this blame and when are you going to remove this shame??
Soon there won't be any survivors, we are getting old, but our children and their children, etc.. will keep this history alive, because it should never be forgotten.

On March 27,2012 a U.S. congressional panel advanced a bill that would severely punish countries for not addressing child abductions. The penalties include calling off cultural or scientific exchanges, or denying export licenses to countries that do not promptly seek to resolve abduction cases. When these measures become U.S. law it would be followed by many other countries, and would significantly embarrass Japan. Japan has a poor record on child abductions stemming from the mass abduction Dutch boys of 10 years and older in the Netherlands East-Indies during the occupation, but also from the mixed Japanese-American partnerships of today.Japan when are you rectify the violation of human rights during World War Two by the Japanese military???

Japan you like to host the next Olympics?????  You don't deserve it.

General Eisenhower warned us. He said:" It is a matter of history that when the supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the Nazi death camps in Europe, he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.
He did this because he said in words to this effect:'Get it all on record now- get the films- get the witnesses- because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.'

It is now more than 65 years  after the second world war in Europe and the Pacific ended. We got to keep the memory alive.
The memory of the thousands and thousands of innocent women, children and men who were murdered, raped, beheaded, starved, beat, experimented on and humiliated'
                                  POWs , slaves of the Japanese.

Now more than ever, with Iran among others, claiming these Holocausts to be 'a myth' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

They gave their lives so we could live. Lest we forget!

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center, will be said;

In memory of my mother Sietske.

For my mother:

I miss you when I look up in the sky,
and see the clouds going by.
Then I think about you with so much love
and wonder how it is there up- above.
So many memories from the past
So many questions still to ask.
I miss you, here on earth
I miss you, and it hurt.
I would like so badly have you here
and be your daughter and have you near.



  1. Thank you for shining light on truth

    1. Hi Christine, I am glad you read my blog. Every second Tuesday of the month the Dutch from the Dutch Indies are demonstrating in front of the Japanese Embassy in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Japanese government does not acknowledge anything from their past. It's important that they are reminded about their for fathers atrocities they inflicted on human beings.It's not only the survivors who are there every Tuesday of the month because there are not many left but the children and grandchildren making sure that it will never be forgotten, so that all men, women and children who died at the hands of Japan during world war 2, did not die in vain.

  2. The photos of the POW's weren't actually railway workers - these men were from 8th Division who were captured before landing and sent directly to Changi. This is a photo of these guys in Changi prison. I know this because the one 4th from the right is Robert Hosking, my grandfather.

    1. My father was held in Changi, he was from the Dutch East Indies. From there they were send to work on the railroad tracks in Burma. Did your grandfather survive? There are not many pictures taken from Japanese POW, which is really a shame.