1940's Japanese Involvement And Internment Essay

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May 14, 2011 Final Paper The Japanese Imperial Army had committed atrocious war crimes during World War Two. These war crimes were heavily flooded in breaking the Geneva Conventions established in the nineteen twenties. Had the Japanese not disobeyed the laws of warfare, we would not have the Bataan Death March, and Camp Cabanatuan to reflect back on. Japanese soldiers were ordered to take the Bataan Peninsula, and with it, Any American soldiers left alive were sent to working camps and ships that would emigrate soldiers out of the Japanese territory. However, the Japanese were not instructed to kill hundreds of Americans and deprive them of human rights. The Japanese withheld water and medicine from the Americans, while also providing poor rations that are hardly considered ethical. Troops that were ordered to march, often fell due to exhaustion and poor nutrition. Those that could not keep up were brutally eviscerated, decapitated, or shot depending on the Japanese guard's mood. The Japanese were also not provided with proper daily rations, and were told that the most honorable way to die is for your country, and through surrendering you become less than human (In a sense of being) This cultural mismatch between the, “Honorable Japanese,” and the, “Cowardly Americans” mostly provoked this mistreatment of opposition. Even though the U.S. Soldiers were ordered to defend the peninsula and also ordered to surrender uniformly. The Japanese soldiers seemed sadistic in many ways, almost enjoying the torment of Marines; although, not all Japanese had a hatred and could sometimes sympathize for the poor troops. One account was that of a Japanese chef who had actually shared a bottle of Japanese Saki. (Wine extracted from rice) Also in a bizarre situation of hospitality, The Japanese soldiers handed out red cross packages containing food and other luxuries from U.S.

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