Prince Asaka Yasuhiko was an uncle of Japanese Emperor Hirohito,
who had directed a plan to wage
a war against China as early as in 1935. In March of
1936, a year before the war, Emperor Hirohito reviewed the
plans which were so detailed that they included descriptions
of the provocation which would be staged at the Lugou Bridge
(卢沟桥) in the outskirts of Beijing. In November 1937, Emperor
Hirohito appointed Prince Asaka as the commander-in-chief
of the Japanese forces sent to assault the Chinese capital Nanjing.
The full scale military attack on the ancient
capital city formally began on 1 December 1937. Days
later, Prince Asaka arrived at the field headquarter, and
when he learned that Chinese troops showed no intention
to surrender, he issued a series of orders under his personal
seal marked as "top secret, destroy after reading".
The message in the orders was consistent and clear: "Kill
On December 5, Emperor Hirohito made ratification of the
proposition of the Japanese army regarding the removal of
the constraints of International Law on the treatment of
Soon, in the area of Mt Black Dragon (乌龙山) near Nanjing,
18,000 captured Chinese troops, and 40,000 civilian refugees
fled from Nanjing,
were mass murdered.
On December 12, Nanjing was captured and subjected to six
weeks of systematic genocidal carnage by Prince Asaka's army.
About 20,000 women and girls were raped, and nearly 300,000
Chinese people were massacred, with a third of the city burned
down, and everything of value stolen by the Japanese soldiers.
It is later confirmed by the historical documents that Prince
Asaka was directly responsible for 444 incidents of murder,
mass executions, rape, arson and looting against Chinese
civilians in Nanjing.
When he was recalled to Japan, he was promoted to the rank
of general by Hirohito for what he did in Nanjing.
On 14 August 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan's unconditional
surrender. On I May 1946, SCAP officials found Prince Asaka
having committed war crimes against humanity and being chiefly
responsible for the killing in Nanjing. However, the International
Military Tribunal for the Far Eat for prosecution did not
bring the war criminal to trail, peculiarly. Nor was Emperor
Hirohito, the power behind the prince, prosecuted.
The failure to uphold justice for Chinese victims by the
West-dominated international court left the door open for
Japan later to deny the established facts and declare that
there was no massacres ever occurred in Nanjing and no war
crimes committed by Japan. With two million Chinese died
as the direct result of Japan's military invasion of China,
Japanese today still have the guts to call the entire event
as "China incident".
The question is who helped the mass murderers to escape
The answer: Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Occupation Force
in Japan, General Douglas MacArthur. It is known now that
Macarthur made a secret deal with Emperor Hirohito after
he was visited by the emperor on 27 September 1945, and the
general then sent a telegram to the U.S. President Harry
Truman, urging him to grant immunity to all members of the
Japanese royal family.
When Joseph Keenan, the chief prosecutor representing the United
States at the war crimes trial, was about to catch
a flight to Japan in early December that year, an urgent
letter from President Truman was delivered to him, instructing
him not to press charges against Japanese emperor and the
entire royal family.
300,000 Chinese massacred in Nanjing and millions more
who lost their lives in other parts of China at the hand
of Japanese army were betrayed by the International Tribunal
and butchered once again spiritually by the American general
and the U.S. Government.
The mass murderer Prince Asaka was allowed to spend most
of his time playing golf and died of natural causes on 13
April 1981 in the comfort of his own home at an advanced
age of 93, while Hirohito, one of the biggest war criminals
in human history, was able to continue his life as emperor
and pass his throne to his son after his death.
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