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17thfabn
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"Japanese" POWs, how many were actually from other countries?
Posted on: 4/18/2020 11:01:16 PM

The Japanese made use of manpower from many occupied nations. In many accounts of battles in the Pacific I see references to large numbers of Korean laborers.

I'd imagine the Koreans and other non Japanese nationals were not eager to sacrifice their lives for the glory of the Japanese empire . And surrendering was probably difficult.  They would have to worry about being shot in the back by the Japanese. Or shot in the front by U.S. Army troops who did not trust the Japanese, and probably didn't know a Korean from a Japanese soldier.

What percent of the so called Japanese POWs the U.S. and their allies held were actually Koreans or others from occupied nations?
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