Japan from the inside out

The greatest mass murderer in world history

Posted by ampontan on Saturday, September 18, 2010

If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow.
– Lennon/McCartney, Revolution

THE RESULT of historian Frank Dikötter’s woodshedding in Chinese historical archives is the book Mao’s Great Famine; The Story of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe.

According to this review in The Independent:

At least 45 million people were worked, starved or beaten to death in China over these four years (1958-1962); the worldwide death toll of the Second World War was 55 million…it was a period when a third of all homes in China were destroyed to produce fertiliser and when the nation descended into famine and starvation…the members of the rural farming communities were seen by the Party merely as “digits”, or a faceless workforce. For those who committed any acts of disobedience, however minor, the punishments were huge.

State retribution for tiny thefts, such as stealing a potato, even by a child, would include being tied up and thrown into a pond; parents were forced to bury their children alive or were doused in excrement and urine, others were set alight, or had a nose or ear cut off….People were forced to work naked in the middle of winter; 80 per cent of all the villagers in one region of a quarter of a million Chinese were banned from the official canteen because they were too old or ill to be effective workers, so were deliberately starved to death.

Mr Dikötter…said…he felt he could not collude with the “conspiracy of silence” in what the Chinese rural community had suffered in recent history.

At the time, this program was known in China as The Great Leap Forward.

Note the expression, “conspiracy of silence”. The word hansei in Japanese, which is shared by the Chinese and Koreans (banseon, with the same Chinese characters), means serious self-reflection, searching one’s conscience, or reflecting on what one has done. It’s not easy for anyone.

For the same Chinese Communist Party that once glorified Chairman Mao, it’s far better to maintain the conspiracy of silence and to demonize the Japanese instead.

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7 Responses to “The greatest mass murderer in world history”

  1. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

    I almost had an impression that 45 million were murdered, but that would be wrong. It says that they worked (“and”? “or”?) starved or beaten to death. So how many were starved? How many actually died, and how many out of starvation and out of actual murder?

    May be answered in that book, since CCP seems to did good recording of events and allows access to historians.

    I smell a similar one to Nanjing Massacre and hope that doubt is cleared up in some way.

    So said, I agree to Ampontan’s view on preference of CCP – though it is obvious and I would take same approach if I were them and with same backgrounds.

  2. Roual Deetlefs said


    Have you ever considered that Chinese hatred of Japan, might just stem from fear ??? Anyway read this article ….
    Fear of what?

    – A.

  3. The Chinese invasions of outer Mongolia and Tibet have been very successful, appearing to have UN tacit appproval.

    Japan has curbed imperial aggression. Complete loss of two cities in minutes will do that. Japanese devotion to cruelty is notorious in the west. was directed by the Emperor. The Chinese situation was one of corruption and neglect with an attempt to internally reform becoming a vehicle for village jealousy. The “Chinese” are in fact a coalition of many nationalities held together by communism and now capitalism. Japan is still a hidden, xenophobic monolith. The corruption may not have had time to destroy intense nationalism.

    They have massive nuclear potential. They are hammer and anvil for a reason and that will be maintained by others for some time to come!

  4. 21st Century Schizoid Man said

  5. mac said


    Japan is really not that hard to find.

    Get off at Kansai or Narita Airport and it is right there at your feet. Have you ever been here?

    All the men are too busy in ‘Hair & Make’ salons to be worried about invading China, none of the old guys would be able to get time off work to do so, and think of mess picking a fight with the Western world would make of their high fashion labels.

    You can sleep easy at night. All of the rest of Young Asia is too busy synchronized dancing to J-Pop clones be bothered about events 70 years ago.

  6. bender said

    Xenophobe talking…

  7. Japan was opened up by force, an american fleet threatened to fire upon Japan if trade did not begin.

    Then ideas flowed and walls fell.

    Then Japan devastated Russian fleets!

    A beautiful and vicious people, unlike westerners who are merely vicious! By concentrating on that we defeated Japan unconditionally. We first lured them into competing with us and beggaring their neighbour. Now we sell arms to Japan, to defend them from that neighbour, while forbidding them an Imperial combat force.

    I wonder not, that Japan is so pacified. It is however, still very strong.

    Fascinating, no?

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