The Philippines Under Japan: Occupation Policy and Reaction
Ikehata Setsuho and Ricardo Trota Jose, editors
Quezon City / Ateneo de Manila School Press as well as 1999
By Temario C. Rivera
In the event that understanding the previous is a step to making impression of the present and the upcoming, this assortment of eight carefully researched and clearly crafted articles within the Japanese occupation of the Philippines is a must examine.
The book stands out because of its extensive usage of hitherto inaccessible primary Western documents and selected selection interviews with Western personnel immediately involved in the Profession. With these types of invaluable solutions, the scholars publishing here have got provided new perspectives important to our understanding of the politics, social, and economic aspects of the Japanese job which have been unstudied or glossed over in the past.
A cautious examination of Japan's official occupation strategy towards the Philippines, which has been originally rooted in a astonishing policy of appeasement and conciliation, serves as the book's unifying topic. The book's eight contributors (seven Japanese people and a single Filipino) examine the unravelling of this policy in various parts of the Occupation experience, stressing the policy's contradictory and devastating effects given the exigencies of war and popular resistance from military career. В
In the book's starting chapter, Nakano Satoshi recognizes the leading documents, guidelines, and reasons adopted by the Japanese armed service administration due to its official strategy of appeasement in its occupation of the Thailand. This strategy was implemented in two major ways. Initially, the Japanese specialists sought to win over the Quezon-led Commonwealth government together with the promise of respecting existing governance structures and procedures and approving independence. Second, the specialists sought to formulate a " wait and find out attitudeвЂќ among the list of people simply by trying to show the conflict as essentially between the United States and The japanese, with...