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Was there a Japanese resistance during WW2?

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Post 10 Oct 2010, 01:18
Most of Fascist Europe or Fascist occupied Europe developed a resistance movement of varying successfulness (many developed two or more seperate resistance movements). I know very little about this matter so I'm just going to ask the question: did Japan have a similar resistance movement?
Post 10 Oct 2010, 01:28
according to wikipedia there wasnt a single japanese resistance movement: ... rld_War_II

i remember reading something about this a few years ago in one of our magazines. they wrote that lots of japanese, including marxist-leninists volunteered into the kamikaze squads to fight the americans. several japanese communist party members were present in the soviet army though i dont think they were organized into combat units.
Post 10 Oct 2010, 03:35
Moris wrote:
according to wikipedia there wasnt a single japanese resistance movement: ... rld_War_II
Since we seem to have answered the first question, the second one which occurs to me is why.
I'm not sure that the authoritarian nature of the society there can completely explain this.
Post 10 Oct 2010, 13:12
I had some thoughts as to why; in Europe fascism rose as a violent break with that which had come before, often by invasion. It was new, it was sudden and it contrasted starkly with the liberal traditions which much of Europe had come to be familiar.

Japan lacked this sudden transition, with its Government in the run up to and during the second world war being no drastic change from those immediatly preceeding it. Japanese ambitions during WW2 were a clear continuation (and acceleration) of existing imperial ambitions and customs.
Post 11 Oct 2010, 01:03
If you actually analyse Japan during the wartime and pre-war Showa Period it is difficult to label it as 'Fascist'. It essentially has it's roots in the Meiji Period which remarkably, after many disputes and conflicts over policy in the beginning (and this did include executing some socialists), developed a largely homogenous loyalty amongst the population (as far as I am aware) towards Japan and the Tennosei (Emperor system). I suppose you have to ask what any resistance groups would have been explicitly resisting? The Meiji government did a very good job of both guiding the industrialisation of Japan along Western lines as well as giving token political reforms and establishments to the people to check any potential unrest (real or imagined).
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