Japan's growing appetites: Russia will not get off alone with the Kuril Islands

Another "friendly greetings" flew to Russia from distant Japan. The popular Sankei Shimbun publication there, close to the ruling party to which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe belongs, actually accused the USSR of a "treacherous attack" on Japan and the commission of a "state crime."




At the same time, the author of the publication, Japanese journalist Ryosuke Endo, rebuked the Russian president:

Russian President Vladimir Putin ... insists on the justice of the outbreak of hostilities against Japan. You cannot say from him that he is serious about solving the problem of the "northern territories".


To understand what such “crimes” are being discussed in Tokyo, you need to understand what is being taught in Japanese schools today.

They do not say that Japan was an ally of Nazi Germany and carried out aggressive predatory activities. They don’t talk about the Nanking massacre when Japanese soldiers killed at least 300 thousand Chinese. In their reality, two American atomic bombs that fell on Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved the millions who were supposed to die when landing on an island state. And if so, the atomic bombardment of two peaceful cities by the United States was a boon to Japan, because afterwards it brought peace and democratic values.

Instead, the USSR was appointed the main villain, and, it turns out, the Russian Federation as its successor. How did that happen? In modern Japanese mythology, the following is considered dogma:

The Soviet Union violated the Neutrality Pact, illegally occupied the South Kuril Islands, which belonged to Japan, and that the internment of thousands of Japanese troops was illegal.


So, Tokyo is sincerely convinced of the treachery of Stalin, who violated the non-aggression pact. But in reality, everything was a little different.

Diplomatic relations between the USSR and Japan were established only in 1925. Recall, shortly before that, during the Civil War, vast territories in the Russian Far East were occupied and plundered by these very Japanese. From 1926 to 1936, Moscow repeatedly proposed Tokyo to sign a non-aggression pact, but was refused. Against the background of the fact that in 1931-1932 the Japanese military captured and occupied Manchuria, approaching the Soviet borders, it looked quite promising. In 1937, Tokyo's appetites spread throughout China.

At the same time, Japan frankly conducted policies anti-Soviet orientation. In 1936, the Anti-Comintern Pact was signed, marking the beginning of an alliance with Nazi Germany. And in 1940, Tokyo concluded the Triple Pact with Berlin and Rome, dividing Europe and Asia among themselves. In 1938 and 1939 there were direct military clashes with the Japanese at Hassan and Halkin-Gol. The Kremlin’s great tactical success was the signing of a non-aggression pact with Germany in 1939. The change of the Japanese government led to a reorientation of the idea of ​​external expansion into the Asia-Pacific region, where a further clash with the United States took place.

The Neutrality Pact between Japan and the USSR was signed on April 13, 1941 for a period of five years. However, Tokyo continued to consider military plans against the Red Army, codenamed "Kantokuen" with the help of the Kwantung Army, which consisted of 1 million soldiers, 1,2 thousand tanks, 1,9 thousand aircraft and 6,6 thousand guns. The defeat of Nazi Germany in May 1945 did not mean the automatic defeat of Japan. Losses at a possible landing on the Japanese islands were estimated at one million people.

On April 5, 1945, the USSR, in agreement with the allies of the anti-Hitler coalition, decided to denounce the neutrality pact with Japan. As a justification, it was rightly pointed out that Germany, an ally of Japan, treacherously attacked the USSR on June 22, 1941. At the same time, Tokyo is at war with London and Washington, which, like Moscow, are members of the anti-Hitler coalition. After this, a brilliant rout of the Kwantung Army followed, and the USSR received the Kuril Islands as a military prize.

Here, in fact, the whole story is “dotted”. But now in Tokyo, for some reason, they consider the denunciation of the pact "treachery." In principle, it is clear why. If the attack was “criminal”, then the transfer of the Kuril Islands to the USSR was “criminally illegal”.

It is noteworthy that the Sankei Shimbun publication actually raised the stakes, pointing not only to the “capture of the Kuril Islands”, but also to the fate of the Japanese troops of the defeated Kwantung Army. After the normalization of relations, out of more than a million prisoners, about 730 thousand people returned home. It must be assumed that in the event of a positive settlement of the status of the "northern territories" for Tokyo, the question will be raised about compensating the families of the "samurai innocently affected by Russian aggression"? Appetite is known to come with eating.
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  1. Dzafdet Offline
    Dzafdet (Sergei) 17 October 2019 14: 01
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    They still have not answered us for the encephalitis tick and for Detachment 731! Where is our little gold and the island of Hokkaido?
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  2. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 17 October 2019 14: 05
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    Such a correct chronology of events should be in every history textbook. Briefly and clearly. And our diplomats need to call a spade a spade. Then criminal claims will not be presented to us.
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  3. korriphila Offline
    korriphila (Oleg) 17 October 2019 14: 12
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    They will also demand half of Sakhalin back, so be quiet ...
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  4. g1washntwn Offline
    g1washntwn (George Washington) 17 October 2019 14: 31
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    And the Japanese do not want half of China back?

    - Doctor, that I constantly hear some kind of crackle. What is it?
    - This, dear, your face is cracking from desires.
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    Artie (Artyom Korolev) 17 October 2019 19: 11
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    In theory, Hokkaido should also be ours. They still have to thank us that we are still busy with Syria and Ukraine, and we will come for Hokkaido a little later.
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  6. Vladimir Khrebtov (Vladimir Khrebtov) 18 October 2019 09: 04
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    All truth should be on the surface for a long time, and not in the archives. It should be taught at school, and not opened after 70 years, as they write now - "The archives were declassified ........." Japan, like Poland, has long had to be sued for murders and experiments on people. Scientists say that nature will soon punish them and all their problems will seem a trifle in comparison with what will overtake them!
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  7. Sapsan136 Offline
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 18 October 2019 12: 48
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    Negotiations with Japan, the very fact of which called into question the territorial integrity of Russia, is a criminal, unforgivable mistake of the Kremlin.
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  8. sgrabik Offline
    sgrabik (Sergei) 18 October 2019 14: 15
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    Due to the fact that the Japanese began to “tear off the roof” and they increasingly began to blame Russia and put forward conditions that were absolutely unacceptable to us, we must immediately suspend the negotiation process regarding the conclusion of a peace treaty with Japan, we somehow did not it’s especially necessary, but at that price we don’t need it at all !!!
    1. Boris Zdorovets Offline
      Boris Zdorovets 19 October 2019 13: 43
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      That’s for sure, V. Putin is not you: I don’t know a single case that he even a little bit dismissive of treaties, especially international. And this is a fact: Stalin, for the sake of the United States, tore up the neutrality pact signed with Japan, which Japan piously observed! And you, like Ukraine today !!
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        Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 19 October 2019 15: 33
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        Japan drowned Soviet transport ships and regularly bombarded the borders of the USSR ... In 1938-39, it came to an open war, using tanks and aircraft ... You never write anywhere else that Japan was observing something there ... Treaty with Japan never even worth the paper on which it was written.
  9. Boris Zdorovets Offline
    Boris Zdorovets 19 October 2019 12: 42
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    I don’t like the diplomacy’s casuistry, but if in a simple way, like an ordinary Soviet person who knows how to read newspapers “between the lines,” Japan is not so wrong, as it seems to some.
    I do not know a more ingenious move than two months before Hitler’s attack on the USSR, Stalin managed to conclude a neutrality pact with Japan for five years. Although everyone knew that there was an “axis: Berlin-Tokyo,” and that Hitler did everything to make Japan attack the USSR. And from the Japanese side there stood the selected Kwantung Army, and we tested it back in 1939, and therefore in the Far East there was a powerful Red Army grouping on an ongoing basis. And they were all equipped for war in harsh winter conditions and went through baptism of fire.
    If Japan attacked the USSR together with Nazi Germany, the outcome of the Second World War would be different. And why Japan attacked the USA, I do not know; was Roosevelt's “setup” really tempted — he drove almost his entire fleet into the open bay, which was reached for Japanese aviation !? However, the fact is that Japan attacked the United States and remained neutral with the USSR until the end of the war, although the Kwantung army remained there in its positions. But Stalin’s instinct as a strategist did not disappoint, and he decided to transfer parts of the Red Army from the Far East to Stalingrad, and thus not only won the battle, but also turned the tide of the war.
    And imagine, Japan, seizing the moment, with all its might falls in the Far East ?! Do you think they did not have such a temptation? But they piously obeyed the neutrality pact. However, instead of gratitude, they received from Stalin such a vile thing for which Russia, as the successor of the USSR, would have to answer in full, and not only, but the Soviet people also answered.
    Yes, at a meeting in Yalta, Stalin, pushing for the Allies to open the “second front” as soon as possible, was forced to sign a promise that, after the war with Germany was over, he would declare war on Japan. Although he knew and did not exaggerate the price of their “help” - the Entente’s intervention, transferred to the civil war, and during the country's industrialization — in order to buy the necessary machine tools and other equipment for the country, as well as temporarily hire their engineers and technicians, it was necessary to literally seduce them with gold, which then it was mined at the cost of the lives of thousands and thousands - for another they were not conducted. And the question was an edge: gold, forest, etc., or the failure of industrialization. And Germany, as Europe takes over the hands of the USSR, is already together with Japan, the USA, England and who is smaller there.
    And the same USA, almost for nothing, helped Nazi Germany become the most industrialized in Europe. And where did Germany get fuel for cars, tanks, planes, etc.? Our "allies" during the Second World War equally helped the USSR and Germany for one purpose, so that we "split our foreheads to each other," and then, as Truman declared, "we will take them with our bare hands."
    But it didn’t work out - “Rushen’s forehead” turned out to be much stronger, thanks to the fact that Japan did not violate the neutrality pact. And only when the USA was convinced that the USSR would win, they did everything to enter Berlin first, and when it didn’t work, they tried to accept the surrender of Germany themselves, but Zhukov launched such a decisive attack that Stalin wouldn’t stop him, he would have been allies drove into the water of the Atlantic, and they would stand there until they were picked up from Britain. However, shamefully failing in Europe, the United States more than made up with the surrender of Japan. For there we shamefully lost, with grave consequences, because of the “dizziness from success” of our Generalissimo. Although Stalin could whisper to Japan that “for the form, as the Allies demanded, I will break the neutrality pact, but I will fight AS THEY fought with Germany”!?!
    And then the United States fought with Japan for four years, and four more four times. But Stalin’s meanness lies in the fact that he spoiled the joy of the Victory by breaking the pact of neutrality for millions of Soviet soldiers and their families, sent us to the war we did not need with Japan, and sent the victorious soldiers who had no time to rest. Yes, on foot they crossed the impenetrable desert and went from the rear, which decided the fate of the Kwantung Army. And how many of ours died in those last battles, and during the transition of the desert, as well as who stormed the Japanese islands from the sea - there is no statistics on this. And why did they give their lives? After all, military historians agree that, in fact, Japan was forced to surrender not by two A-bombs, but by the rout of the Kwantung Army.
    And even I, if it hadn’t been close to a Japanese samurai, but in a situation where Soviet soldiers brought from defeated Germany to some Manchuria would have fought “to avert their eyes”, and the United States conducted an experiment with A-bombs on the Japanese people, The Kwantung army would have no choice but to fly to the US coast and forward straight to Washington by any watercraft ... and behind them the whole people of Japan, taking revenge on the villains! And today the world would forget to think about the USA.
    And so, Stalin never killed the Soviet soldiers, for whom the war ended on May 5, but what is it like to die after ?! And Japan, in revenge on Stalin for it, torn a pact of neutrality, which they sacredly observed, signed an act of unconditional surrender with the United States, gave away the territory for the construction of military bases, and the USSR four islands, as the “Trojan horse”, because remained with Japan in the state of war that Stalin declared. And here the USA beat the USSR, and beat it so much that today all over the world, and especially in the USA, anyone will answer your question: “Who defeated Germany and Japan in World War II?” - “The USA and its allies” (?!), But the USSR is not in sight. And all because we had to “fight” with Japan, as our “allies” “fought” with Germany. How much, for example, did the USA lose in the war directly with Germany and on its territory ?! C'mon, a reasonable thing is enough. Hand36 '.
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  13. Nikolay Malyugin (Nikolai Malyugin) 23 October 2019 07: 03
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    No need to swear with anyone. Just quietly and calmly insist.