Yukiko: A Japanese in China's army

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    cctv.com 09-01-2005 17:12
    http://www.cctv.com/english/20050901/102151.shtml

    In 1922, Japan started sending thousands of settlers to China's Northeast, under the pretext of developing the region. The real purpose was to occupy the land for a future invasion. After the Japanese surrender at the end of World War Two, Tokyo abandoned many of the settlers. Among them was a teenage girl, Yukiko Yamabe, and her family. They turned to local Chinese for help. Yukiko even joined the People's Liberation Army. She's made it her life's work to be an ambassador of peace between the two countries.

    Yukiko was two years old when the Japanese troops invaded Northeast China in 1931. Now 70 years old, Yukiko lives in Tokyo. But part of her will always be in China.

    Yukiko Yamabe said: "60 years ago, my family lived in Northeast China. The Japanese there were very scared after Japan's unconditional surrender. But one day, a Chinese soldier came to borrow a pan from my family. My mother thought he'd probably never return it. To our surprise, one week later, the soldier returned the carefully cleaned pan with two precious radishes, and thanked us. This changed our view towards the army. And I enlisted."

    Yukiko's six years as an army nurse took her to many places. And she married a fellow soldier--another Japanese.

    Yukiko said: "When I had my own children, I began to better understand the cruelty of the Japanese militarism and invasion. And I wondered how many lives the militarism killed and how many disasters it caused. I returned to Japan with these questions."

    Yukiko returned to Japan in 1953 and later joined the Japan-China Friendship Association. She dedicated herself to the Japanese peace movement. And when the biological warfare crimes of the Japanese military Unit 7-3-1 were exposed in the 1980s, she wanted the world to know the truth.

    Yukiko said: "People need to know history. So we've been investigating the chemical weapons abandoned by the Japanese troops and the victims of Unit 731. We're prepared for the difficulties and we're not afraid."

    Yukiko is one of the principal investigators of the Unit 731 war crimes. She's interviewed many survivors and documented evidence in video and photographs.

    But she says the current political atmosphere means the road to justice and peace is still long and complicated.

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    Editor: Wang Ping Source: CCTV.com
     
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    thats what i call a good jap. hopefully, more chinese can see this side of japenese people and lose their hate...
     
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    A lot of Japs are good, they're just ignorant of the past. If they actually knew the truth 90% of them would be like her.
     
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    i've heard that in the news a few days ago. there're a number of japanese that are just like her and are helping the chinese to reveal the truth of the history.
     
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    The us vs them mentality is often dangerous. If only we can all see each other as individual human beings, most of the reasons for war would have been long gone.
     
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    it's not the peopel, it's the damn GOVERNMENT!!!! most people of a country are the good guys, but usually it's the bad guys that gets to the top. afterall, power corrupts. USA=bush, Japan=kuizumi.
     
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    tiawan=chen
    iraq=bush
    al quada=bin laden
     
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    al qaeda is not a government, they only represent a very small minority of the islamic population. most musliums are very peace loving and are good people. why do you think al qaeda only have a few hundred fighters and not millions. the islamic population is about 1.2 billion, so if the ideas by a group is really popular, they could easily recuit thousands of people anytime. it's because most people don't think al qaeda is a good idea, that's why not many people join them.
     
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    Taliban would've been a more appropriate example.
     
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    While I can think of no obvious comparrison but please do not forget that the CCP has many corrupt officials as the recent audit storm has revealed and I hope the CCP will doe verything it can to curb it. Though a direct comparrison to the issue at hand however I do not have the information to make.
     
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