Japan’s Gestapo

Japan's Gestapo

As featured in the Daily Express Demons of Depravity

The book opens by explaining the origins, organisation and roles of the Kempetai apparatus, which exercised virtually unlimited power throughout the Japanese Empire. The author reveals their criminal and collaborationist networks, which extorted huge sums of money from hapless citizens and business. They ran the Allied POW gulag system which treated captives with brutality and a complete lack of mercy.Other Kempetai activities included biological and chemical experiments on live subjects, slave labour, including ‘Comfort Women’ drawn from all races.Their record of reprisals against military and civilians was unrelenting. For example Colonel Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo in 1942 resulted in a campaign of revenge not just against captured airmen but thousands of Chinese civilians. Their actions amounted to genocide on a grand scale. Of particular distaste is the revelation of the Maruta vivisection campaign.The author backs up his text with first hand testimonies from those survivors who suffered at the hands of this evil organization. He examines how the guilty were bought to justice and the resulting claims for compensation.

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3 thoughts on “Japan’s Gestapo”

  1. Most historical evidence,accounts of witnesses articulately state that the Soviet NKVD was more broader, powerful,organized,cunning and ruthless then the Nazi GESTAPO. The only other similar type of organization to compare in all aspects to the level of the NKVD would be the Imperial Japanese KEMPEITAI.

  2. Nobody ever mentions that the Doolittle raiders were ordered to expend their ammunition over Japan. This meant *all* of their ammunition – not just the bombs, but the machine gun ammo as well. The raiders plastered the cities they passed over, striking many civilian targets like schools, libraries, etc. This was the source of the Japanese rage and the determination to treat the raiders as air pirates rather than military airmen.

  3. As a long time student of military history myself, I am glad to see a history that for the first time reveals the genocidal acts of the Japanese Empire. For too long this story has been overshadowed by the Nazi and Soviet atrocities in Europe. In some respects the brutality of Japan’s occupation was even more horrific than that of Germany’, as bad as they were.

    A personal note- Both my parents had friends who were themselves captured and imprisoned in the Philippines and later in Japan itself. From their own lips I heard firsthand of their inhuman treatment under Japan’s “Benevolent Occupation”. I also had the opportunity of knowing a number of Vietnamese people. And they were uniformly united in their condemnation of the Japanese . Many said that they were even worse than the French. Something which BOTH the supporters the Southern Government and the Communists agreed on.

    I will definitely be giving this book a through reading.

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