Japanese Culture During The Bataan Death Essay

803 Words Dec 6th, 2016 4 Pages
April 9, 1942 just a day after Pearl Harbor had been bombed, over 70,000 soldiers were forced to march 65 miles to prison camps. During this brutal time, thousands of soldiers were dying from starvation, diseases, and mistreatment. Lieutenant Homma Masamura was tried as a war criminal and 4 years later the Geneva Convention was written to prevent things like this to happen again. (Bataan Death March, 2009). Today, there are countries like North Korea who are mistreating their citizens in similar ways.
In order to better understand what happened in the Bataan Death March one must understand Japanese culture during WWII. The culture began to shift with the start of the Showa Period in which Prince Hiroto had taken over after his father’s death in April, 21, 1921. He had to deal with many major problems early on such as a struggle between two major political parties in Japan. Then, in 1927 Japan faced a major bank crisis ruining its economy which was closely followed by the Great Depression. Eventually, Japan was shifted from a democracy into a militaristic state. One of the many things the Japanese were taught that the weak deserved to be treated horribly and only strength was admired. (O 'Donnell, 2006).
On December 8th, 1941 Japanese bombers had been spotted by 200th coast Artillery, the war had begun. The 200th and 515th regiment were unable to hit the bombers and by December 10th, Japanese forces had begun landing on the northern part of Luzon. They would continue landing…

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