Even though the Imperial Japanese Army was notorious for squandering its troops' lives, they nevertheless had doctors on hand to help wounded soldiers. In fact, the Japanese army had more physicians than most other countries at that time.
However, most of these doctors were not trained nurses or medical technicians; rather, they were high-ranking officers who treated wounds as a part of their job. Some were very skilled at surgery and could repair limbs or organs, but many others were less fortunate. They might actually cause more harm than good by trying to do something about which they were ignorant. For example, one IJA doctor believed that if you applied leeches to an injured area, it would relieve the pain.
After Japan's defeat in World War II, these doctors left their countries without any notice or permission from the governments they had served. Some decided to go back to Japan and tried to start up practices there, but most were arrested by American authorities and sent home in cargo ships. There were even some who chose to stay in China or Korea instead. None of them wanted to return to what was left of Japan.
In 1950, the Korean War broke out after North Korea invaded South Korea.
During World War II, however, the Japanese purposefully slaughtered medics. As in, they focused their fire on medics, thus wearing a red cross was essentially a death sentence. The Nazis also killed many medics during their occupation of Europe.
Today, global health professionals work hard to bring medicine to those who need it most. But our history is not so pure. There have been times when we've taken advantage of the chaos that wars create to shoot medical staff - or use them as human shields.
In World War I, for example, doctors were used by both sides as human shields because there were simply too many of them. They weren't targeted because of any real threat posed by them; rather, they were just in the way. In World War II, the Japanese murdered many medics because they saw them as enemies of humanity.
The truth is that everyone needs help at one time or another, and we must do everything we can to ensure that no one ever has to suffer needlessly. But while saving lives is important, so is keeping people alive even if they aren't actually sick. This is where medics come in. We go where others won't follow to provide emergency care before anyone suffers long-term damage from lack of treatment.
The Japanese were, for the most part, monstrously ruthless to their opponents; they'd injure GIs, let the screaming attract a doctor or stretcher crew, and then shoot them all. Wounded Japanese would allow doctors to approach them before rolling over and revealing a live grenade. Some say that when this happened the doctors refused to move away from the wounded men.
However, there are also accounts of friendly fire deaths among the Japanese military. A U.S. Army report from 1945 states that during the invasion of Okinawa, "about one-half of all Japanese casualties were due to enemy action and about one-quarter due to our own troops." The same report notes that among the dead on both sides were several medical personnel who had been killed while trying to help the injured.
Okinawa was one of the final battles of World War II in Asia. It was here that the United States made its last stand against Japan, with an estimated 100,000 soldiers on each side. The battle lasted from April 1 to June 22, 1945 and resulted in the largest number of casualties on either side during the war - 38,000 Americans and 24,000 Japanese.
There have been many theories as to why the Japanese military allowed so many doctors to assist them on the battlefield. Some say they wanted to hide the true number of casualties they were suffering. Others claim it was because they wanted to use the doctors as human shields if needed.
After years of preparing for the inevitable conflict with China, Japanese troops developed an innate harshness that manifested itself in their treatment of civilians and prisoners of war. Japanese troops were told that if they were taken by the enemy, not only would they shame the army, but also their parents. Therefore, they should be treated brutally to ensure that they did not suffer a humiliating death.
Also, the Japanese military tried to avoid any Russian or Chinese collaborators by killing them. They believed that if the Russians or Chinese found out what they had done, then it could start a world war. This is why most of the executions were done secretly without a trial.
Finally, there is evidence that shows that some Japanese soldiers committed atrocities because they followed orders from their superiors. These people were called "bushido barefoot soldiers". They thought that by killing innocent people, they were acting like true warriors.
In conclusion, the Japanese army was brutal because they wanted to show that no one could defeat Japan. If someone showed mercy toward the enemy, then this would encourage more attacks causing a chain reaction that could lead to World War III.
Following that, the Imperial Japanese Military formed marine-type units. Both were disbanded after the conclusion of WWII. However, there are some who claim that elements within the Japanese military maintained ties with future governments and they continue to work with these entities today.
Because to its conduct during World War II, Japan does not have a military. The emperor now, like the monarch during the Isolation, has no political power. Unlike before the isolation, imports and exports are quite essential in Japan nowadays. (3) During the Isolation, the samurai were warriors. They did not work in government offices or other jobs.
Japan was isolated from the rest of the world because of its own choice. There was a strong belief within the Japanese society that having a strong army would be dangerous. Also, the country was still recovering from the devastation of two wars - one against China and another against Russia - and people wanted to move forward, not back.
However, the emperor did play an important role in maintaining peace throughout the period. If anything bad happened on any border, the emperor would send messages to the governments involved asking for explanations. If there was no reply, we can assume that they accepted his request for peace. We can also assume that if the emperors asked for war, there would have been no more problems between those countries.
In conclusion, Japan did not have a military during its isolation because it was not needed. The emperors used their authority to ask for peace when necessary and they could end the situation anytime they wanted to.
The Japanese treatment of American and allied POWs is one of the most enduring atrocities of World War II. In obvious violation of the Geneva Conventions, prisoners were systematically beaten, malnourished, tortured, and forced to labor in mines and war-related companies. Many died from starvation, disease, or torture.
The first group of American soldiers to enter Japan found themselves in a country that had not been touched by modern technology for almost a century. Most houses were made of wood or brick and lacked electricity or running water. The only vehicles available to the invaders were old cars, tanks, and trucks that had been left behind when Japan went to war with Germany in 1941. They ranged in condition from unusable to dangerous with parts scattered across Asia after being abandoned by their owners.
In spite of this, the Japanese did their best to help their captives. Large numbers of them volunteered to work on reconstruction projects like building airfields and ports. Some even became farmers or teachers instead of being punished. But most suffered greatly as they were used as slave labor in factories, around roads crews, or in other menial tasks.
There are still many reminders today of the fate of those who weren't so lucky as to find alternative employment. There are dark streets named after victims who didn't make it out of their prison camps alive.