Andrew asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 6 months ago

Why were the Japanese so brutal in their treatment of the Chinese during WW2?

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  • 6 months ago
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    The way Japanese soldiers were trained: sexually and emotionally repressed under suffocating blankets of totalitarianism.

    What Japanese soldiers were taught from birth: Chinese are inferior, subhuman, and easy to defeat. Chinese are unworthy of life.

    What Japanese soldiers experienced at Shanghai: extreme humiliation and defeat at the hands of the Chinese.

    Not only was Nanking revenge for Shanghai, it was a chance to reclaim their dignity, reaffirm their beliefs, and unleash, finally, their repressed anger and sexual frustration.

    Source(s): The Rape of Nanking, Iris Chang
  • 6 months ago

    They were racists and brainwashed, like supporters of a certain President today...

  • 6 months ago

    Considered them inferior - now China is rising, there may be some payback - I'm sure there will.

  • 6 months ago

    the Japanese saw themselves has being superior to anyone else, low brow Chinese peasants where treated badly simply because they were seen has rubbish

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  • 6 months ago

    The philosophy of Imperial Japan was a twisted version of the Code of Bushido, and that twisted version told Japanese soldiers that Chinese civilians were merely sub-human, and that surrendered soldiers were dishonorable. this philosophy is a good part of the reason why Japan was so quickly allied with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy.

  • Fred
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    The Japanese military was ruled by the Bushido code which was death or glory and no surrender which meant if you cannot win the battle then die fighting. The code also said those who surrender are unworthy and deserve to be treated any way the victors choose. In Nanking in China the Japanese soldiers went on a murderous rampage killing many Chinese civilians who had accepted they were beaten. People were murdered just because the Japanese believed they could do that with no repercussions. People were tied to poles and used for bayonet practice, and the Japanese soldiers had a game where you throw a baby in the air and catch it on their bayonet. The Japanese soldiers were cruel and many civilians and allied POWs were either killed or forced to become badly treated half starved slaves.

    As old men those who had been soldiers in China felt great shame for their actions as young men against the Chinese.

  • Fred
    Lv 5
    6 months ago

    The Japanese were powerful enough to keep European colonist out of their homeland islands. At the same time European colonist where exploiting other Asian countries.

    Briton had a difficulties in balancing their silver reserves for a deficit of trade for tea. To balance the trade economy they took the opium from (to be Afghanistan) India and addicted the Chinese worker. Japan on a defensible island, watched. So Japan detested both Europe and the Chinese.

    Between 1900 - 1936 Japan's military and business tie took over political power in Japan... never a good thing.. Japan needed to obtain and control the riches of China to gain power to control Russia. With control of China and Russia, Japan could rise to a pinnacle of world power.

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    From a purely practical point of view, they were a relatively small nation and China was huge, imposing their will was (in their opinion) most effectively done by behaving brutally, providing an example to the rest of the population.

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    It was a basic tenant of their culture.

    An act of superiority over all other races.

    It is still a factor in their culture today.

    • Lv 5
      6 months agoReport

      I believe the term you mean is "tenet."

  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Japanese and Chinese haven't been friendly for a couple THOUSAND YEARS ......................

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