Asian Labour In The Wartime Japanese Empire

Publisher: NUS Press

During the Pacific War the Japanese government recruited hundreds of thousands of workers for military construction projects throughout the occupied territories. Mistreatment of workers was widespread, and the number of deaths arising from beatings, malnutrition and disease was enormous, rivalling the holocaust in Europe. The victims were primarily unskilled laborers drawn from cities and rural areas across occupied Asia. Most were men, but women and children also found their way to the worksites, and perished there. Because most victims were illiterate, and the Japanese destroyed nearly all records relating to labor recruitment throughout the occupied territories, the story of their experiences has not previously been told.    In this book, an international group of specialists on the Occupation period examine Japan's wartime labor needs, and the recruitment and use of workers (whether forced, military or otherwise) throughout the Japanese empire. Based on documents drawn from archives  throughout Asia, in the United States and United Kingdom, their accounts draw on fragmentary materials to provide careful reconstructions of events. The first study to look at Japanese labor policies comparatively across all the occupied territories of Asia during the war years, this collection provides a graphic context for examining Japanese colonialism, and relations between Japan and the territories occupied by its military forces.

ISBN: 9789971693336
Page Count: 440
Year Published: 2006
Language: English

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