More than 20 million civilians in Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and other countries died at the hands of the Japanese
It seems that the leadership of the Russian Federation is tired of listening to the claims of the Japanese government on the lands belonging to Russia since Catherine’s times, unreasonable and illegal from the point of view of international law. Tokyo’s hopes for the Kuril Islands are also naive, where Japanese and American military bases with offensive weapons aimed against our country will most likely be deployed.
In this regard, the principled statements from Moscow about Japan’s responsibility for the war crimes committed during the Second World War are noteworthy. Moreover, for 30 years of the existence of the “new Russia”, high-ranking government officials were embarrassed to remind Tokyo of Japan’s Nazi past. This was done deliberately, so as not to offend “rich Japan”, from which they expected some benefits in exchange for the richest Russian territories and water areas. They organized fraternisations in the form of “meetings without ties”, promised to “resolve the issue” of the Kuril Islands, recalled the promises to the Japanese of Nikita Khrushchev, who imagined himself to be a “great diplomat” capable of tearing Japan away from the United States and bringing it closer to him. For the sake of, as stated by the deputy and chairman of the Duma committee Vyacheslav Nikonov, “Do not offend Japan and take care of the built diplomatic line”, contrary to logic and historical justice, the authorities deprived the people of the never-canceled solemn holiday – Victory Day over Japan, replacing it with an inexpressive day of the end of World War II. And this despite the fact that historians have irrefutably proven the decisive role of the Red Army in forcing militaristic Japan to surrender.
It is gratifying if this unprincipled flirtation with the Japanese comes to an end. The recent clear statements by the top leaders of Russia about the unwillingness of official Tokyo to recognize the responsibility of their country for war crimes, and with it the results of the Second World War, should be welcomed.
Let us recall the words of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, addressed to the participants of the International Scientific and Practical Forum “The Khabarovsk Process: Historical Significance and Contemporary Challenges” held last month: “At this trial of Japanese war criminals, held in 1949, as well as at the Nuremberg and Tokyo trials, a legal, moral and moral judgment was passed on those who unleashed World War II, who were guilty of terrible crimes against humanity. Its holding became an expression of the principled position of our country on the fact of gross violation of international law, including the ban on the use of chemical and biological weapons …
And therefore your representative meeting has a special scientific and, of course, practical meaning. Discussion of the events of those years is based on facts and archival materials. Such an honest, responsible position is very important for preserving historical memory, in order to effectively counter attempts to distort the events of World War II and prevent their repetition ”…
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov gave a harsh assessment of the atrocities of the Japanese Nazis: “… The Khabarovsk trial became an important addition to the Tokyo court, as it witnessed the horrors of the use of biological weapons for the first time. He told the world about this terrible “seamy side” of militaristic Japan. The verdict passed by the court gave an objective assessment of the crimes committed. It is important that both present and future generations remember the atrocities of the Japanese militarists, who left a bloody mark in the history of mankind. We have no moral right to forget about this.
The next, 76th session of the UN General Assembly will open in New York one of these days (session opened on September 21, 2021 – Ed.)… In this regard, it is not out of place to recall that the generally recognized results of the Second World War, enshrined in the Charter of the World Organization, are unshakable. Russian diplomacy will continue to suppress attempts to revise them, no matter who undertakes them. “
During his visit to Sakhalin on a working trip, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev gave a worthy rebuff to the insolent provocation of Japanese journalists on “questions of history”. Information portal operating in Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands SKR.SU sends:
“Official Tokyo has erased from the memory of the Japanese the whole truth about the imperial ambitions of militaristic Japan and the crimes committed during the Second World War,” said the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev during his working trip to Sakhalin. Thus, the official answered the question of Japanese journalists whether Russia should apologize for the military actions of the USSR against Japan in 1945.
According to Patrushev, no matter how Japan tries to rewrite history, the memory of the peoples of the Asia-Pacific region will forever remain the facts about the inhuman methods of the imperial troops of Japan, writes Rossiyskaya Gazeta. The head of the RF Security Council recalled that more than 20 million civilians in Indonesia, China, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and other Indochina countries were killed by the Japanese alone. The troops burned the inhabitants of entire villages, carried out medical experiments on living people, tested biological weapons on prisoners of war.
“Perhaps that is why it is still difficult for Japan to find supporters among Asian countries,” Patrushev said. According to him, all the facts were recorded during the tribunal, and plans to create a “Great East Asia” under Japanese hegemony throughout Indochina, Afghanistan and the Russian Far East were announced there. Patrushev recalled that Japan intended to implement its own strategic plan “Kantokuen” akin to the German plan “Barbarossa”, intending in 1941 to strike at the Soviet Union weakened by the war and capture it all the way to Omsk.
Answering a question from journalists, Patrushev stressed that after the surrender of Germany and other countries of the Hitlerite coalition, Japan remained the only country that rejected the demands of the USSR, Great Britain and the United States for surrender and continued hostilities. Then the USSR, in fulfillment of its allied obligations, began military operations against the Kwantung Army (Army Group – AK). “This was the only opportunity to stop the atrocities of the Japanese troops in the occupied lands and liberate the peoples of Asia,” Nikolai Patrushev emphasized.“…
The reminder is also timely because a new, 100th Prime Minister will appear in Japan in a few days. It will be former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who has experience in international contacts. And although there are few hopes for a radical change in the historical consciousness of the inhabitants of the Land of the Rising Sun, the new leader, unlike his predecessors, could, in order to improve relations with neighboring states, take more seriously the feelings of their peoples, who experienced the unprecedented atrocities of the Japanese Nazis and militarists.
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