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Imperial Japanese Army Secrets
Imperial Japanese Army Secrets
Psychology of the Japanese Army
© 2007
358 pages; 28 chapters and 7 appendices
Imperial Japanese Army Secrets describes the psychology and peculiar
characteristics of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II
. Most
books on the
Imperial Japanese Army produced since World War II have
essentially ignored an in-depth discussion of
Japanese psychology in
World War II
. Although Imperial Japanese Army Secrets is not a
comprehensive treatment of Japanese military psychology, it does place the
subject in the
perspective of total war. Many of the elements covered in
detail in
Imperial Japanese Army Secrets are not exactly secret since some
people have heard fragmentary accounts (a sentence or two) referring to the
Imperial Japanese Army Secrets clarifies such considerations.
Review Table of Contents
“When some individuals, and more rarely group, have no option except death or surrender, dying in a blaze of "glory"
seems a far better option than keeling over and giving oneself to an enemy. Besides, several enemies regularly torture
and kill anyone who surrenders to them. In World War II, the Soviets and Japanese tortured and murdered their captives
or consigned them to slave labor. It is a waste of time to surrender to such people.  
In modern times Islamic enemies sodomize, torture and behead most of their captives. They owe the West, Christians,
Jews and white Europeans a blood debt.
Predispositions towards suicide instead of surrender seem bizarre in an era where only psychotic muslims, hopped up on
narcotics, seem to devalue their lives enough to sacrifice them in suicide bombings.  Most sane people wisely decided to
run away and live to fight another day. If that is impossible, a few of them will die fighting. The rest will surrender hoping to
ultimately survive.
Every nation's military has conducted suicide actions, and such behavior to this day is represented in action movies or
other entertainment media of all kinds (A recent film, “The 300, “ describes the glorious denouement of 300 Spartans at
Thermopylae.). In most instances the extreme bravery of soldiers who die fighting is admired.   Unfortunately for Japan,
military suicide was a desperate, regular occurrence during the Pacific War.  Ironically, Japanese suicide attacks seemed
to be psychological expressions of a “Let’s get my death over with quickly because I’m impatient,” attitude than a more
legitimate attempt to die fighting while taking as many enemies with them as possible.   
Why did so many Japanese soldiers commit suicide en mass? Why were they willing to run madly at well armed enemies
while screaming “Banzai” rather than selling their lives dearly in some other way? The answers to that question are
answered by understanding Japanese psychology.”
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