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Encyclopedia > Yoshiaki Yoshimi

Professor of modern Japanese history at the Chuo University in Tokyo, Yoshimi is a founder member of the Center for Research and Documentation on Japan's war responsibility. Born in Yamaguchi Prefecture, he studied at the University of Tokyo. For a university in Tanzania, see List of universities in Tanzania. ... Yamaguchi Prefecture (山口県 Yamaguchi-ken) is located in the Chugoku region on Honshu island, Japan. ... The University of Tokyo ), abbreviated as Todai ), is one of the leading research universities in Japan. ...

Yoshimi has done major works on the study of war crimes perpetrated by the Imperial Japanese Army and the Imperial Japanese Navy during the first part of the Showa era such as publications on the use by the army of chemical weapons ordered by emperor Showa himself. The Imperial Japanese Army (: 大日本帝國陸軍 Shinjitai: 大日本帝国陸軍 Dai-Nippon Teikoku Rikugun) was the official ground based armed force of Japan from 1867 to 1945 when it was Imperial Japan. ... The Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) (: 大日本帝國海軍 Shinjitai: 大日本帝国海軍   or 日本海軍 Nippon Kaigun), officially Navy of Empire of Greater Japan, also known as the Japanese Navy or Combined Fleet was the Navy of Empire of Japan from 1869 until 1947, when it was dissolved following Japans constitutional renunciation of the use of force... Hirohito (裕仁), the Shōwa Emperor (昭和天皇), (April 29, 1901 - January 7, 1989) reigned over Japan from 1926 to 1989. ... Early detection of chemical agents Sociopolitical climate of chemical warfare While the study of chemicals and their military uses was widespread in China, the use of toxic materials has historically been viewed with mixed emotions and some disdain in the West (especially when the enemy were doing it). ... Hirohito (裕仁), the Shōwa Emperor (昭和天皇), (April 29, 1901 - January 7, 1989) reigned over Japan from 1926 to 1989. ...

He is mostly famous for his work about the comfort women, having found in the Defense Agency library in Tokyo the first documentary evidence that the imperial japanese army established and ran "comfort stations". One of these was a notice written on 4 March 1938 by the adjudants to the Chiefs of staff of the North China Army and Central China Expeditionary Force titled "Concerning the recruitment of women for Military Comfort Stations" stating that "the armies in the field will control the recruiting of women". Comfort women ) or military comfort women ) is a euphemism for the up to 200,000 women who served in the Japanese armys brothels during World War II. Historians and researchers into the subject have stated that the majority were from Korea, China and other occupied territories and were recruited...

The publication of these proofs led to the admission statements of Chiefs Cabinet Secretary Koichi Kato on 12 January 1993 and Yohei Kono on 4 August 1993. Kōichi Katō is the name of two Japanese politicians. ... Yohei Kono (河野洋平, Kōno Yōhei, born January 15, 1937) is a Japanese politician. ...

In July 2004, Yoshimi and historian Yuki Tanaka announced the discovery in the Australian National archives of documents proving that cyanide gas was tested on Australian and Dutch prisoners on November 1944 on Kaiislands [1]. Look up kai in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

On 17 April 2007, Yoshimi and fellow historian Hirofumi Hayashi announced in press conference the discovery in the archives of the Tokyo tribunal of documents showing proof of coercion used by Tokeitai members against women from Indonesia, Indochina and China to forced them into sexual slavery [2]. Categories: Possible copyright violations ... The Tokeitai (Naval Secret Police) was the Imperial Japanese Navys police equivalent to the Imperial Japanese Armys Kempeitai military police service. ...

Some Publications

  • Comfort women, Columbia University press, 2002, ISBN 0231120333
  • Yoshimi and Seiya Matsuno, Dokugasusen Kankei Shiryô II (Materials on poison gas Warfare), Kaisetsu, Jûgonen sensô gokuhi shiryôshû, Funi Shuppankan, 1997

External links

  • Interview of 30 March 2007 with the International Herald Tribune [3], published in the New York Times


  • Interview of 12 March 2007 about the declaractions of Shinzo Abe on comfort women

[5] Shinzo Abe , pronounced (ah-beh)  , born September 21, 1954) is the current Prime Minister of Japan, elected by a special session of the National Diet on September 26, 2006. ...

  • Link to the Center for Research and Documentation on Japan's War Responsibility [6]

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