Jake Yount Presents “Bushido Abandoned: Allied Internment under Imperial Japan”
Starting in 1931, Imperial Japan swept through Eastern Asia and the surrounding Pacific Islands claiming land for the Emperor. By 1941, the Japanese Co-Prosperity Sphere stretched across all Southeast Asia. With this mass conquest came the internment of over 140,000 Allied soldiers. Due to the blurring and misinterpretation of the code of Bushido, a code originally based on honor, the Japanese ran their POW program with unbridled hatred and nationalistic fervor. The Allied POWs suffered night and day under their captors. Liberation came slow for many of the POWs and justice for the POWs that died due to mistreatment remained unattainable.
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