Arriving “back in the arena,” gearing up to take one’s place as the head of multiple and perpetually modulating learning communities in the Puget Sound, setting up to perpetuate yet another minor and potentially futile but nevertheless wholly morally necessary cycle of historical amelioration, I find this curious (yet somehow wonderfully timed) message in my inbox. For your delectation:
February 9, 2011
Dear Adam Cathcart ,
The mainstream view on the Second Sino-Japanese War is that Imperial Japan was bent on destroying China, and the rest of Asia, for purely selfish reasons. However, careful analysis of the global situation, particularly of the social and political development of China and the attitudes of the Chinese leadership, indicates that the Chinese were not the innocent victims of “aggression” as is currently claimed.
In the book “The Reluctant Combatant: Japan and the Second Sino-Japanese War” (PHP, Tokyo, 2008), authors Prof. Kitamura and Mr. Lin recount the circumstances that ultimately lead to the Second Sino-Japanese War, demonstrating that the war was neither a Japanese“war of aggression” or that China was a “helpless” victim.
A complete translation of this is book is now available at our Website.
Questions are welcome.
MOTEKI Hiromichi, Secretary General
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact