yAn incredible person who helped arrange the chartered train gAsiah to carry Jewish refugees to safety.z

Lieutenant General Kiichiro Higuchi had Manchuria admit rescued Jewish refugees. His superior at that time was Hideki Tojo, then Chief of Staff of the Kwantung Army and later Prime Minister. Kiichiro Higuchi arranged with the South Manchuria Railway for a train to carry the Jews to safety. Some 20,000 people are said to have been saved by this action. The president of South Manchuria Railway at the time was Yosuke Matsuoka. He once addressed the withdrawal of the League of Nations and afterwards, he became Minister for Foreign Affairs and concluded the Japan-Germany-Italy Tripartite Pact and the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Treaty.
These two people who cooperated with General Higuchi died as Class A war criminals after the war, but in fact, they had made important political decisions that saved many Jews.
In contrast, US Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, as well as British Prime Minister Churchill, had adopted anti-Jewish policies, turning away many Jewish refugees trying to enter their countries. These are some of the facts that GHQ tried to hide from the Japanese people, instilling a sense of guilt among the Japanese people and unilaterally imposing responsibility for the war on Japan.



yIf Annefs family knew of the "Higuchi Route," they may have been saved by choosing Manchuria instead of being forced to hide in an atticz

Anne Frank's family escaped from the Nazifs Jewish hunt and moved to Amsterdam in 1934.
When the Netherlands was occupied by Germany, her father, Otto, frequently went to the consulate to seek a visa to travel to the United States but he could not get it. The family had to hide in an attic. However, in 1944, a Dutch informant reported on the entire family and they were taken to a camp where Anne eventually died. Anne's diary, recording the experiences of a sensitive girl between the ages of 13 and 15, was read all over the world after the war. The persecution by the Nazis and the harsh conditions of the Jews at that time were vividly conveyed in her writing.
What would have happened if her family knew of the "Higuchi Route"? Perhaps the family would not have lived in the attic but instead would have sought passage for Manchuria, like so many other Jews did, and survived. At the time, neither the United States nor Britain accepted Jews; Japan was the only country in the world that opened its doors to Jews.
20,000 Jewish refugees were saved by the "Higuchi Route," which passed through Eastern Europe, entered Manchuria from Otpor Station (the end point of the Trans-Siberian Railway), and then boarded the South Manchuria Railway from Manzhouli Station.
If this information had been known, Annefs family probably would have survived, adding adventure and hopeful content to Anne's Diary. If that happened, she would now be a woman over 90 years old, Anne (born 1929) would have vividly testified about her situation at the time.
However, in the 21st century, despite the flood of SNS and internet information, the ongoing racism, horrific persecution and slaughter in Xinjiang, Tibet, Mongolia, etc. Why is there still little interest in the Japanese who saved the Jews?



yThe area where Stalin aimed to territorializez

Three days after the end of the war, on August 18, the Soviet Union launched a surprise attack on the Kuril Islands and Shumshu Island, landing by force. Stalin, even after Japan surrendered, thought that if he made occupation of these territories a fait accompli, he could then make the Kuril Islands and even Hokkaido Soviet territory.
He was hoping that he would make half of Japan a territory. Shumshu Island is small, so he estimated the occupation would be completed in a day. However, at the order of Lieutenant General Kiichiro Higuchi, the Japanese garrison temporarily stopped their disarmament. They launched a fierce counterattack, almost annihilating the Soviet troops, and nailed them to the shore for a week. During this time, the US military completed its stationing in Hokkaido, and Stalin's plans were completely and brilliantly shattered.
Lieutenant General Kiichiro Higuchi issued a counterattack order despite it being three days after the surrender of Japan. Without his judgment, Japan might have been made a communist bloc as far as Fukushima Prefecture, and not just limited to Hokkaido.
Some people often say, "If a foreign country attacks, you should run away," but thanks to the Japanese soldiers who bravely fought without running away, Japan was not subjugated and retained its language, identity, and systems. The postwar Constitution of Japan, drafted by GHQ, states, "Trust in the justice and faith of peace-loving nations." It is clear that this phrase could not have been written by someone who knows the history of the Battle of Shumshu.



yFive Races Under One, Hakko Ichiuz

At first, Manchuria refused to accept the Jewish refugees who passed through Eastern Europe and arrived at Otpor Station, the end point of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Manchuria didn't want to upset Germany, which had an anti-comintern pact with Japan to restrain the Soviet Union. However, when Kiichiro Higuchi was informed of the situation in which refugees were suffering from hunger and the freezing temperatures in these extremely cold regions, he encouraged the authorities to change their decision immediately by arguing, "Manchuria is not a client state of Germany. There is no need to dismiss Jews. This is not a political issue, but a humanitarian issue!"
And to Hideki Tojo, Higuchifs superior in the Imperial Japanese Army and the chief of staff of the Kwantung Army at that time, he said, "Do you think it is right to follow Hitler in bullying the weak? Instead of being angry, Hideki Tojo responded, "It is in line with the spirit of the concepts of Five Races Under One Union (Gozoku Kyowa) and Universal Brotherhood (literally, gall eight cornersh or Hakko Ichiu), who want to live together under one roof without discrimination like a family. Accepting Jews is a matter of course in light of the founding philosophy of Manchuria." He succeeded in carrying refugees by arranging a special train with Yosuke Matsuoka, who became the governor of the South Manchuria Railway and later the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Immediately, it became a diplomatic problem, and the German Foreign Minister sent multiple protests. However, Hideki Tojo dismissed these concerns. "The humanitarian measures we took were only natural.h Japanfs national policy was not to discriminate against Jews.



yThe Reason Why Only the "Oriental Schindler" Has Been Introduced in the Mediaz

Two years later, Chiune Sugihara issued a large number of visas to Jewish refugees at the Lithuanian Consulate in line with the foreign policy of the Japanese government at that time.
He was later promoted to Second Secretary, and moved to Romania, and even awarded a medal. After the war, Chiune Sugihara is regarded as a hero; he is known as the "Oriental Schindler" who issued visas to Jewish refugees against the orders of the Japanese government.
It is thought that this view of him, as issuing the visas against the orders of the government, was information manipulated by GHQ and the postwar media, hoping to conceal the fact that the Japanese government had already adopted a pro-Jewish policy. In doing so, GHQ and the media sought to eliminate understanding of the humanitarian policies of the Japanese during the war, instead making it appear as if it was specific individuals doing so without the permission of the government. Actually, in the "St. Louis Incident," the United States refused to allow more than 900 Jewish refugees on a steamship to land. They had escaped Europe but were sent back by U.S. authorities only to die in the Holocaust. Therefore, the fact that Japan had a pro-Jewish policy and that the Imperial Japanese Army was taking the lead in helping Jewish refugees based on humanitarianism was an extremely inconvenient fact for GHQ and the postwar media - who wanted to make the Japanese army to be absolute evil and did not want their humanitarian aid toward the Jews to be known.
This is why Lieutenant General Kiichiro Higuchi is almost completely unknown to the Japanese people.
After the war, Mr. Sugihara was confused and said, "It wasn't a big deal, I just took it for granted.".
Lieutenant General Kiichiro Higuchi was named in the "Golden Book" in 1941, and Chiune Sugihara was honored as "Righteous Among the Nations" in 1985.



yGeneral Higuchi, who was shown in American comics in the 1950sz






yErection of Lt. Gen. Kiichiro Higuchi statue in military uniformz

In order to widely disseminate the achievements of Lieutenant General Kiichiro Higuchi for future generations to learn about, we are working to build a statue.
It is probably the first time since the war that a bronze statue in military uniform has been erected in Japan.
People in Japan in the postwar have been manipulated to blame all of their wartime responsibilities on the military. As a result, postwar Japanese society took a cold, critical attitude not only of professional soldiers at the time but even toward soldiers who were drafted and died on the battlefield.

Even the Self-Defense Forces, which were established 9 years after the war and are responsible for the defense of the nation, have been treated unfairly and discriminatorily and have been told, "Don't walk around the town because it reminds us of war."
Even though such an opinion is as unreasonable and shameless in consideration of these voices, most SDF personnel do not wear uniforms when commuting.

Thanks to this, people are seemingly unaware of the anomaly that Tokyo is the only capital city in a major country that does not see military uniforms.
It can be said that the intentions of the victorious nations and the communist forces was to make Japan an incompetent nation that cannot resist has been successful.
However, in recent years, taking advantage of this situation, the Chinese Communist Party, which continues to persecute and slaughter those in Xinjiang, Tibet, Inner Mongolia, etc., as well as crush democracy in Hong Kong and threaten Taiwan, has rapidly increased its military power. It also no longer hides its ambition to take control of Japan. There is an urgent need to dispel the prejudice against the Self-Defense Forces from Japanese society.

HONORING GENERAL HIGUCHI ASSOCIATION (HGHA) strongly hopes that the Japanese will have a correct understanding of national defense by building a statue of Lieutenant General Kiichiro Higuchi in his military uniform.







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