Why the brutality in Japanese POW camps? 2nd attempt

“[Unlike European knights], the samurai had no code of chivalry toward women, nor were they motivated by religious ideals… Most important, where the knights of medieval Europe saw mercy as a virtue, the samurai held it in contempt” Japanland pg 122  


  1. Real Answer said,

    May 1, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    How about an answer that’s not BS?

    The Japanese military training system involved the use of vicious beatings to enforce discipline.

    Soldiers given the task of guarding POW’s were the lowest grade of troops, Japanese who had performed poorly and been demoted and Korean troops. As the lowest of the low within the Japanese military, they were given an opportunity to beat and mistreat prisoners in the way their superiors had always beaten them.

  2. crella said,

    May 15, 2009 at 1:54 am

    Take it up with Karin Miller, who wrote the book that’s quoted.

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