Japanese propaganda must be blocked
The reaction of the Japanese government and the media to the publication of documents about the experiments of the Japanese military on humans in the development of bacteriological and chemical weapons and their use in China, in the local war on the Khalkhin Gol River and during sabotage on Soviet territory could be expected. As well as comments on the Khabarovsk forum dedicated to the military tribunal over Japanese war criminals involved in the development and use of these types of weapons of mass destruction. One of the first to respond was the right-wing nationalist pro-government newspaper “Sankei Shimbun”, whose own correspondent in Moscow, Yuichi Onoda, in the article “Russia, while promoting Japan’s” war crimes, is launching an offensive on the front of the war in the field of history. “
Commenting on the documents and facts published by the FSB of Russia about Japan’s readiness to unleash a bacteriological war, the Japanese newspaper tries to refute them, supplying reports about these documents with a “supposedly” particle. The Japanese correspondent is trying to sow doubts among readers about the legitimacy of the Khabarovsk Tribunal, calling it “one-sided,” and rejects the very fact that the Japanese have developed bacteriological weapons. The Japanese author neglects the confession statements of the developers of this weapon. He’s writing: “At the trial in Khabarovsk, 12 Japanese serving in Detachment 731 (Detachment 731 of the Kwantung Army’s Water Supply System Anti-Epidemic Protection Directorate), who allegedly conducted biological weapons research, were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment as ‘war criminals’.”… These words – war criminals – are quoted by the correspondent.
Moreover, Onoda is trying to convince the readers of his newspaper that the testimonies of the accused generals and officers of the Kwantung Army (army group) published by the FSB are also doubtful. This publicly expresses distrust of the State Federal Security Service of Russia, which has declassified and published the documents. I didn’t like the Sankei Shimbun and the materials from which it follows that “Japan has been preparing for war against the Soviet Union since 1938” and “conducted biological experiments on Soviet civilians”…
Such behavior of the editors of one of the central newspapers in Japan, in my opinion, should attract the attention of the Russian competent authorities making the decision on the accreditation of the correspondents of this Russophobic publication in our country. For decades, the Sankei Shimbun has been sowing hatred of the Japanese towards our country on its pages, claiming that the USSR acted like a “thief in a fire when stealing Japanese territories.” This insults (and so far with impunity!) The honor and memory of thousands of Soviet liberator soldiers who saved the lives of millions of people, including the Japanese, from the horrors of bacteriological warfare.
Unable to refute the published documents, without explaining the circumstances of the denunciation by the Soviet government of the Soviet-Japanese Pact of Neutrality and the entry of the USSR into the war with Japan, the Sankei Shimbun resorts to unfounded accusations against the Soviet Union, arguing: “The Soviet Union violated the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact, signed in 1941, and entered the war against Japan in August 1945, illegally occupying the northern territories. The Putin administration intends … to gloss over the illegal actions of the Soviet Union during the war “…
Note that the accusation of “illegal actions” on the USSR is a gross falsification of history, an attempt to ignore or distort facts and international documents, including those signed by the Japanese government. These include the Yalta Declaration, the Potsdam Declaration, the Act of Japan’s Unconditional Surrender, the Memorandum of the Commander of the Occupation Forces in Japan, General Douglas MacArthur, to the Japanese government No. 667/1 of January 29, 1946, the San Francisco Peace Treaty, the UN Charter, the Soviet-Japanese Joint Declaration 1956, etc.
The editors of the Sankei Shimbun also dislike the fact that Moscow is no longer going to tolerate propaganda discrediting the feat of the Soviet soldier. Correspondent Onoda broadcasts: “Russia is also persistently promoting its view of history to European countries. Putin strongly opposed the resolution of the European Parliament adopted in September 2019 in connection with the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II and criticized both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union for unleashing it. Putin published a harsh criticism in Western magazines in which he declared that “the Soviet Union liberated Europe from Nazism.” The amendments to the Russian Constitution, adopted last year, also contain provisions on “protecting the truth of history.” In July of this year, a law came into force prohibiting equating the Nazis and the Soviet Union with each other in publications, the Internet and social networks. “
The nervous reaction of Japanese Russophobes and anti-Soviets is the best confirmation of the effectiveness of Russia’s counteroffensive in the information-psychological war imposed on it. This counteroffensive must develop and gain momentum.
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