Japan: Mobilizing the Nation, Sanitizing Aggression

Takashi Yoshida

in The Making of "The Rape of Nanking"

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195180961
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199869633 | DOI:

Series: Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute

 Japan: Mobilizing the Nation, Sanitizing Aggression

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This chapter traces the history and memory of the Nanjing Massacre in Japan from 1937 to 1945. Although accounts that escaped censorship did record and condemn the random killings, looting, and rape in Nanjing, at the height of hostilities with China, such brutalities seemed almost indistinct from the rest of the fabric of enmity, nationalism, and war. In the immediate aftermath of the outrages at Nanjing, only the most attentive observers in Japan were aware that they had even happened.

Keywords: Nanjing Massacre in Japan; hostilities with China; nationalism; Kaji Wataru; Tongzhou; killing contest; Living Soldiers

Chapter.  7859 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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