The long road to Tokyo: Japanese aggression in China, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific, with special attention to books about the Rape of Nanking, Japanese fighter planes and pilots, the Burma campaign, and the Hiroshima bomb

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One of the great puzzles of the Second World War is how Germany managed to escape all responsibility for the war it started, while Japan still can't get out from under its burden of guilt. Check out the Netflix mini-series, The Man in the High Castle. It features an America split between occupying powers: the Japanese Pacific States west of the Rockies; the Greater Nazi Reich to the east — not German, mind you, but Nazi. The villain is addressed as Obergruppenführer, and he makes occasional reference to Herr Hitler back in Berlin, but his own nationality is ambiguous. He might even be an American, like most of his fellow bad guys. There's no such ambiguity for the Japanese.

Meanwhile, in today's Berlin , Angela Merkel is a Lady Liberty for the 21st century, welcoming the huddled refugees to Germany, there to breathe free and collect welfare benefits. But in today's Tokyo, politicians tie themselves in knots with yet another for Japan's wartime atrocities, mild as they were compared to Germany's. "The Japanese government bears a heartfelt responsibility" for forcing women to become sex slaves in its military brothels, thus "severely injuring the honor and dignity of many women," explains the Japanese foreign minister in December. Japan will endow a South Korean foundation with $8.3 million. Is that the problem? $8.3 million would have provided about $415 for each sex slave —, $34,874 for each of Korean survivor who overcame her shame and identified herself one of those who'd been tricked or forced into slavery — and $181,193 for the few who are still alive. In the nature of things, most or all of them were teenagers when they served as "comfort women" for Japanese soldiers and sailors. Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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Japan's long war:

Nomonhan (Japan v. Russia, 1939)
Russian aircraft losses at Nomonhan
Elusive target: Bombing Japan from China (Richard Dunn)
Did U.S. leaders know that war was coming?
A guest of the Japanese in the Dutch Indies (Arie Biemond)
"New Guinea was my introduction to war" (anonymous)
Ketsu-go (waiting for the Americans, summer 1945)
Olympic vs. Ketsu-go (the invasion that didn't happen)
Japan's Longest Day: how Japan surrendered
The U.S. Navy arrives in Tokyo Bay, August 1945
Did Japanese soldiers fight for the Vietminh?

The Hiroshima files:

Why Truman dropped the bomb (Richard Frank)
Why Truman dropped the bomb II (Wilson Miscamble)
Little Boy vs Operation Olympic (an internet debate)
How many died at Hiroshima?--counting the uncountable
What was the yield of the Hiroshima bomb?
Was there a third bomb? What was its target?
Been down that lonely road: NASM confronts Enola Gay
Hiroshima and the end of the war--a reading list

The Japanese Army Air Force files:

Notes on the Japanese Army Air Force
The decision to move south (Japan v. the West, 1941)
Mr. Suzuki recalls the Flying Tigers (December 1941)
Lucky Sevens? life and death of the 77th Sentai (Richard Dunn)
JAAF deployments against Rangoon, December-March (maps)
Japanese army aircraft met by the AVG
Joe Baugher's Hayabusa files
Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa ("Oscar") armament (Richard Dunn)
About those Nakajima Ki-43 machineguns
Regimental song of the 64th Sentai (video)
Japanese army aces and their victory claims
JAAF fighter pilots lost in China-Burma area, 1941-42
Ki-45 Toryu (Dragon Slayer, aka Nick)

Flying Tigers

Why's a Zero?

Why's a Zero? and a primer on the Japanese calendar
Japanese warplane names and designations (Osamu Tagaya)
Allied code-names in perspective (Richard Dunn)
Sussing out the 'Chengdu Zero'
Zeros over China, 1941-1942 (Ben Schapiro)
Unraveling the Zero's performance data (Richard Dunn)
'Never dog fight the Zero' (the San Diego evaluations)
A conversation with Saburo Sakai and a scrap of his scarf
'Winged Samurai': rethinking the Sakai myths
An interview with another Zero pilot

Kamikaze, cannibals, & other mysteries:

Bushido: the Japanese Field Service Code, 1941
'Be as one already dead' (Ruth Benedict)
The soldier who cut up living prisoners (London Times)
The butchered bodies of New Guinea (graphic photos)
The Rape of Nanking: Japan in denial
Meet Colonel Tsuji, genius and cannibal
Outram Road Prison, Singapore
Done to death: the prisoners of Rabaul
The man who didn't shoot down Pappy Boyington
Why the kamikaze volunteered (Yasuho Izawa)
A Japanese army pilot trains to die
'Crashing bodily into a target is not easy' (the how-to manual)
'I will be waiting for you at Yasukuni Shrine'
'Annihilate them all' (the order to murder PWs)

Books & stuff:

Japan at War--book reviews on this site
The webmaster's picks: 10 books worth reading
Books about Japanese aircraft and aces

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