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A Contest to Behead the Maximum number of Chinese ( World War II)

December 22, 2011  by: Madan G Singh  Points: 20   Category: Social    Views: 675

During the occupation of China two Japanese played a bizarre game to behead Chinese.


Japan claims it has one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Perhaps they are right and the fact they they often
hark back to it as an example of their intellect and culture also cannot be denied. But during world War II one bizarre
game that was reported in the national press ( In Japan) is apointer to a inhuman streak, maybe even a sadistic
streak in the Japanese character. This is popularly referred to as the Race to behead'. This bizarre game was
played out in China.
The Chinese people have suffered a lot. First, with the Opium wars imposed by the Western powers and later the occupation by the Japanese. The occupation of China led to untold atrocities by the Imperial army, which sections of the Japanese intelligentsia deny now. Novelist Ishikawa Tatsuzo in his novel Iketeiru Hetai after interviews conducted with troops which took part in the Nanking massacre ( Jan 1938) has portrayed the atrocities committed by the 16th Division of the Shanghai Expeditionary Force in a decisive manner. Worse during the same period two Japanese Officers Lieutenants Mukai and Noda of the Imperial Army carried out a killing and beheading contest between themselves. One wonders how such a contest was allowed to be carried on. The like of such a contest has not been seen or heard anywhere. The sad part was that the contest was covered in the news papers and regular updates were given.

The contest involved as to which of the two Officers could behead more Chinese. It was a shocking contest the like of which was never seen before. Though some historians and Japanese scholars opined that perhaps the story was a concocted one to raise the national fighting spirit, yet the facts as reported in the Japanese Press of that period cannot be brushed aside. In 2005 a suit was brought before the Tokyo district judge by the families of the two Lieutenants to absolve the two of the crime. But the case was dismissed by the judge on the grounds that the two officers had themselves admitted that they were in race with each other as to who could reach the figure of 100 beheading first.
For the record Lieutenant Mukai had 106 killings to 105 of Noda. it was certainly a bizarre contest. The sad part is that that the Imperial army took no action against these officers. This is on par with the My Lai massacre (March 1968) in Vietnam when US Army condoned the act and acquitted almost all involved with just one solitary conviction, Lieutenant Casey.


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