Saturday, Mar 29, 2008, 12:09:02

ARMY'S OKINAWA ROLE ....Court sides with Oe over mass suicides

On the road in Europe, yesterday we looked for news about the Tibetan uprising, watched CNN, BBC, and among other sources Japantimes.com.

Absolutely nothing about Tibet in Japan Times.

On the top we found the triumphant Oe-Okinawa article and further down the page, lo and behold.......

Sir Cotazzi's Flaws in criminal justice reflecting over the Japanese criminal justice system, concluding that So long as Japan retains the death penalty it is liable to be seen as being in the same category as China and Saudi Arabia, where executions are frequent.

Everybody knows that Cortazzi is born mentally retarded and has been senile before he was booted out of the foreign office. His article belong in the James Cagney category.

The Oe-Okinawa article/court-ruling report is more sinister and suspect. The plaintiffs, Yutaka Umezawa, 91, a former garrison commander on Zamami Island Okinawa and Hidekazu Akamatsu, the 75-year-old brother of another commander on nearby Tokashiki Island demanded that Oe ( Nobel Prize for literature in 1994), and Iwanami Shoten Publishers halt the publication of Oe's 1970 essay, "Okinawa Notes". Judge Fukami ruled that "It cannot be determined if the former garrison commander and others issued the order by themselves, but Mr. Oe has an adequate reason to believe so."

Congratulations to Mr. Oe and Japan Times. This however does not change the fact that Oe is a talentless and opportunistic writer whose main achivement is to have wormed himself into the Nobel Prize nobility on account of a handicapt offspring. Compared to Abe Kobo, Yukio Mishima, Akutagawa and others of similar caliber Oe is........nobody. It would be a long list if we tried to sort all the Japanese writers, not recieving the Nobel Price, but far better and exponentially more talented, than Oe-san. If it's any consolation we can reasure Oe-san that he is not the only mistake in the Nobel literature club, but from this point of view he is the biggest.

Here are some on the mistakes list:

Romain Rolland in 1915 and not e.g. Akutagawa
Bertrand Russel in 1950 and not Curzio Malaparte
Ernest Hemingway in 1954 and not e.g. Karen Blixen
Jean-Paul Sartre in 1964 and not e.g. Gy. Faludy
Yasunori Kawabata in 1968 and not e.g. Abe Kobo
Pablo Neruda in1971 and not e.g. Mika Waltari
Kenzaburo Oe in 1994 and not....... almost anybody.

Oe-san is just a low potential high achieving "streber".

Back to the Osaka District Court ruling:
It did NOT side with Oe.

All it said was that : "It cannot be determined if the former garrison commander and others issued the order by themselves, but Mr. Oe has an adequate reason to believe so."

In other words, Oe-san's claim is not proven but he has the right to believe it.
That's fine.

What is obviously misleading in Japan Times is the title Court sides with Oe over mass suicides, and it is degrading that the writer is trying to make us believe what Mr Oe believes. There is another extraordinary new concept in this article:
The word murder-suicide.
What is Japan Times trying to say? That Okinawans were murdered and committed suicide later?

It's a shame that Japan Times reporters were not in Okinawa during the three-month-long battle. Then they could tell us how it felt to endure the "Typhoon of Steel" or "tetsu no bōfū" US-British "softening up" of the Okinawa defenses.

A massive amount of ordnance was fired in the seven days leading up to L-Day (as an example, some 37,000 rounds of 5in, 33,000 rounds of 4.5in and 22,000 4in rockets were fired) as well as 3,100 air strikes conducted on beach and in-shore targets.

On April 1, 1945 the American and British navy assembled a giant armada off the coast of Okinawa: 1,300 ships, among which no fewer than 40 carriers. On the first day alone they landed 183,000 troops. This would eventually be as many as 548,000 troops. In comparison, during the enormous D-Day invasion of Normandy the previous year, the allies landed 150,000 with just 284 ships.

This US-British sadistic over-kill strategy with absolutely no consideration of the population of Okinawa established the ultimate record of mass murder and rivals any war crime in history, including the German assult of Stalingrad and the fire-bombing of Dresden and Tokyo.

Okinawa, with an area of 466 sq mi , had a prewar civilian population of 435,000, of whom an estimated 75,000 to 140,000 died during the battle.In addition, it is estimated that more than a third of the surviving population was wounded. There were about 66,000 Japanese combatants killed and 7,000 captured. Some of the soldiers committed seppuku or simply blew themselves up with hand grenades. This was also the only battle in the war in which surrendering Japanese were made into POWs by the thousands. U.S. losses were over 72,000 casualties, of whom 12,513 were killed or missing.

Ninety percent of the buildings on the island were completely destroyed, and the lush tropical landscape was turned into "a vast field of mud, lead, decay and maggots".

The Japanese on Okinawa, including native Okinawans, were so fierce in their defense (even when cut off, and without supplies), and because casualties were so appalling, many American strategists looked for an alternative means to subdue mainland Japan, other than a direct invasion.
This means presented itself, with the advent of atomic bombs.
Therefore all the desperate Japanese diplomatic peace-feelers were ignored.
The defenceless nuclear guinea pig was too tempting.
The US could not let such an opportunity pass by.

Japan Times and Snow Queen Ogasawara and her semi analphabet gaijin/gringo reporters better stop the smear campaign against the Imperial Japanese Army, surviving servicemen, officers and start doing their....**!!!** ing job and report to the readers what is going on in Tibet.

But for heaven's sake! Do not ask Mr Oe to do the reporting. He would only be aspiring to achieve, getting the Chinese PLA medal of honor.

by Gabor Fabricius

 

PS

According to historian Peter Schrijvers, an estimated 10,000 Japanese women were raped by American troops during the Okinawa campaign.Reported cases of U.S. rapes for the first 10 days of the occupation of the Kanagawa prefecture are 1,336. According to Peter Schrijvers, rape was "a general practice against Japanese women".

 

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