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Book Review
Japanese Militarism And Its War Crimes in Asia Pacific Region

It is for the second time Global Future Institute will publish a book entitled Japanese Militarism and its War Crimes in Asia Pacific Region. The book is expected to launched in the second week of September 2011 in Bandung.  The 200 page book will be published in English with the objective of disseminating information and ideas to the much broader readership at home and abroad, as well as policy makers related the issues presented in our book. 

On this book project, Hendrajit as a principal writer will be accompanied by several experts who have dedicated their activities to study and write issues related to the Dark History of Japanese militarism and its war crimes in the World War II such as DR Albert B. Jansen MBA, associate Professor at the University of Yang En, Quanzhou, Fujian Province, China.

Dr Koichi Kimura, an expert on Theology who has been actively involved of researching and investigating the Sex Slaves (Ianfu) in Indonesia in 1992. Kimura who once stayed in Indonesia for 17 years, he has been a lecturer at the Seinan Gakuin University and Fukuoka University up the present time.

Eka Hindra, an expert and an independent researcher on Ianfu Indonesia since 1999 up to the present time. In 2007, she published her first book entitled Momoye, They Called Us. It is a biography on an Indonesian woman named Mardiyem who was forced by the Japanese Military to be the forced prostitute serving the Japanese military officers. At the moment Eka works as freelance writer and runs a website www.ianfuindonesia.org.

Hilde Janssen, is an journalist and anthropologist. For over the last 20 years, she leaves and works in Asia, especially in Indonesia and India. Her works has been published in may newspapers and magazines in her country origin Netherlands. Since her stay in Jakarta-Indonesia, Janseen had made a trips and journey to all over regions in Indonesia in searching ex-Ianfu for her research and documentation project since 2007, together with her colleague a photographer Jan Banning. 

Hendri F Isnaeni, he has been a journalist in Historiaonline. He wrote a book entitled Romusha: The Forgotten History in cooperation with Apid, published by Yogyakarta-based Ombak Press in 2008. Isnaenin is a graduate of Faculty of Philosophy at Paramadina University.

Rahadi Teguh Wiratama, graduated from International Relations Study of the Faculty of Social-Political Scinece at National University. He has been head of Democracy Division at LP3ES and senior editor of Prima Magazine.

Anugrah Saputra, an alumni of Social-Political Faculty at Padjajaran University, has joined in hand with Solidarity for Indonesian Jugun Ianfu (SOJII), an independent movement for advocating the victims suffered during the Japanese Military Occupation in Indonesia in the period of 1942-1945, especially located in Boyolali, Central Java.

As an research institute focusing on international affairs, Global Future Institute on this occasion, has the intention of uncovering the dark history of Japanese Militarism as well as its potential threat in the future as the new emerging giant in the military field. As a country which has surrendered to the allied forces in September 1945 following the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan was forced by United States to dismantle its armed forces and its strategic military equipment.

Under this scheme, Japan as a force of military fascism was totally crippled at the same time Japan is transformed into the new emerging economic giant in Asia-Pacific region.    

But the new trend taking place over the last few years that prompts United States as the traditional ally of Japan in the post World War II to reconsider her previous decision to dismantle Japanese armed forces. As US perceives China as the growing threat as well as the potential rival in the future in economy as well as military, those in Washington have been deeply under pressures to give a silent support of reactivating Japanese armed forces at the strategic level.

Those who are committed to world peace have the strong reason to get worried. A panel of experts established by Japan government, recommended to revise defense policies produced in the post World War II. This trend must be read as warning signal that there are serious efforts on the part of policy makers related to defense and foreign affairs to reactivate Japanese armed forces in such a way that lead to be an aggressive and if necessary, expansive, as Japan was in the past.  

In relation to such possible scenario, our growing concerns related to Japanese militarism and it war crimes in Indonesia and the other countries in Asia, all strategic elements in Indonesia, especially those belong to be the stakeholders related to those advocating the Japanese war crimes in Indonesia related to Jugun Ianfu(Sex Slaves) and Romusha (Forces Labor), must get on together in the unity of action for demanding the responsibility of Japan of the damage done by Japan during her occupation in Indonesia morally and materially.

Despite its short occupation in Indonesia, Japan has confiscated not only economic and natural resources, but also in the field of social-cultural and the dignity of ordinary Indonesians as human being. 

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Japanese Militarism : Japan, Between Love And Resentment

A book entitled Japanese Militarism and Its War Crimes in Asia Pacific Region (Hendrajit, ed) was recently sent to me, by the publisher, The Global Future Institute. No doubt, this book made me re-think and recollect my trip to Japan in 1996. At that time, I was warmly received by Japanese families who became my host, invited to travel to various places, and bought souvenirs. The psycological effect of my short visit is that it is hard to imagine that the Japanese people were cruel ones, perpetrators of the massacre of our ancestors, raping Indonesian girls, making them as prostitutes and enslaving our grandfathers to work on various projects.

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