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Delaying repatriation: Japanese technicians in early post war China

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Research on the Japanese living in Manchukuo in August 1945 has

    generally fostered the assumption that all Japanese there wanted to return to

    Japan as soon as possible. Yet, some made the conscious and voluntary decision

    to stay, at least for the short to medium term. Among those who chose to delay

    repatriation were a number of technicians employed by Mantetsu’s (South

    Manchurian Railroad Company) Ch¯uo Shikenjo. This paper looks at the political

    and personal realities faced by these technicians when making their decisions as

    whether to stay or leave in terms of the concepts of voluntary and involuntary

    repatriation. It shows that the circumstances faced, and consequently the decisions

    made by the technicians, differed over time. It argues that there were three

    main reasons behind any decision to stay: pragmatism, a sense of responsibility

    for Japan’s activities during the war and a sense of loyalty.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Ward, R. G. 2011, 'Delaying repatriation: Japanese technicians in early post war China', Japan Forum: the international journal of Japanese studies, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 471-483.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84858804093

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1168

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 471

End Page


  • 483

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 4

Abstract


  • Research on the Japanese living in Manchukuo in August 1945 has

    generally fostered the assumption that all Japanese there wanted to return to

    Japan as soon as possible. Yet, some made the conscious and voluntary decision

    to stay, at least for the short to medium term. Among those who chose to delay

    repatriation were a number of technicians employed by Mantetsu’s (South

    Manchurian Railroad Company) Ch¯uo Shikenjo. This paper looks at the political

    and personal realities faced by these technicians when making their decisions as

    whether to stay or leave in terms of the concepts of voluntary and involuntary

    repatriation. It shows that the circumstances faced, and consequently the decisions

    made by the technicians, differed over time. It argues that there were three

    main reasons behind any decision to stay: pragmatism, a sense of responsibility

    for Japan’s activities during the war and a sense of loyalty.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Ward, R. G. 2011, 'Delaying repatriation: Japanese technicians in early post war China', Japan Forum: the international journal of Japanese studies, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 471-483.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84858804093

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1168

Number Of Pages


  • 12

Start Page


  • 471

End Page


  • 483

Volume


  • 23

Issue


  • 4