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The Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews in World War II: Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews in World War Two Hardcover – 1 May 2004

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  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House; 1st edition (1 May 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9652293296
  • ISBN-13: 978-9652293299
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 2.5 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 969,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rabbi Marvin Tokayer began his rabbinic career in 1962 as a U.S. Air Force chaplain stationed in southern Japan. In 1968, he returned to serve as rabbi of the one-thousand-member Jewish Community of Japan, a post he held until 1976; he remains Lifetime Honorary Rabbi of the community. He also served on the Federation of Jewish Communities of Southeast Asia and the Far East and as Founding Board Member of the Sino-Judaic Institute. Consummate storyteller Rabbi Tokayer contributed seven articles on rabbinics and the Orient for the Encyclopedia Judaica; authored twenty books in Japanese on Judaica and Japan; and coauthored (with Mary Swartz) The Fugu Plan The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews during World War II.


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The book explains that the Fugu is a poisonous fish much loved in Japan, but only safe to eat if prepared carefully. If it isn't right, swallowing it will kill you. In this case, the Fugu Plan was a scheme for Japan to eat something "dangerous", and benefit from it, but only after much preparation.

This book is the amazing true story of how anti-semitic Japanese officials actually believed the total hoax and lies of the "protocols of the elders of Zion", a vile piece of Tsarist propaganda so much that they decided to save the Jews of North-Eastern Europe.

They granted large numbers of visas to Jews from Lithuania/Latvia/Estonia so that Jews - to whom the Protocols claims money and power flow naturally - would bring wealth and power to Japanese-occupied Manchuria ("Manchuko" to the Japanese). This was to be a Jewish colony in China where the Japanese could exploit the good fortune and "power" of the Jewish refugees.

Of course, the Protocols is a total fabrication, but it can be forgiven for the single fact that many many Jews were saved from the Nazis, despite the Axis binding the Japanese to killing Jews.

The story is twisted, and turns in many directions before ending up telling the story of the Jewish ghetto in Shanghai. I have met survivors of that particular ghetto, and whilst I didn't know about this book or the events behind it when I knew them, it is a great insight into what they must have gone through.

By the time you have finished this book, it will change your views about many things, but if you want to know more about the pernicious influence of the Protocols, which were spread worldwide by Henry Ford, you should read
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I first became interested in the history of Jewish people in Japan after reading a brief account on wiki so was happy to find this book for download on the kindle. Gives well detailed accounts from individual refugees from their trip from Lithuania, through Russia and then to Japan and their experiences in cities like Kobe then lastly to Shanghai.

Goes into detail about how they also didn't give into Nazi pressure to hand over refugees and how some officials naively believed the protocols when introduced to them through Russian soldiers.

Amazing read overall.
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A little known but really important aspect of WWII. The rescue of many Russian Jewish people by the Japanese.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing story 22 April 2007
By Seth J. Frantzman - Published on Amazon.com
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This interesting work sheds light on the obscure and often times hope inspiring story of the Jews who escaped from Eastern Europe and found their way to safety in Shanghai, Kobe and Harbin in Japan China and Japan. This is part history and part inspirational story, combining the stories of a large number of refugees into a number of long biographical sketches. The story is sweeping, from the ghettos of Lithuania as the storm clouds of Nazism blow across Europe, to a history of the Jews of the far east.

Probably the strongest part of the text, from a historical sense, is the history of far eastern Jewry and the Jewish settlements, however improbably, in Shanghai, China, Harbin in Manchuria and Kobe, Japan. In addition to Tientsin these were the major Jewish communities in Asia. Most of their residents were Russian Jews who had accepted Tsarist offers of freedom of religion to settle in Manchuria when the Russian owned Port Arthur, before 1905. The other communities were more diverse. As war gathered the Japanese high command and its `Jewish experts' embarked on a radical plan of settling Jews, who because of the `Protocols' were perceived as both the controllers of Communism and Capitalism, in Japanese imperial territory and thus enriching Japan through the assets and know how of the European Jews.

The story gets more complicated and has some problems in blending this with the stories of individual refugees and their reconstructed adventures and interactions. Nevertheless the story of the Japanese imperial obsession with Judaism and Japanese anti-Semitism is fascinating, as if the `Fugu plan' to resettle the Jews. There is much new material in this important text, including the Kogan papers and information about the saving of the Mir Yeshiva is fascinating. An important book to the history of the Second World War and the Holocaust.

Seth J. Frantzman
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Courage and Compassion 3 Dec. 2012
By Baroness - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book some twenty years ago and since having lived in Tokyo for a number of years it was a subject of great interest to me.
This is a heartwarming story of courage and compassion by the Japanese Consul Sugihara in Kovno, Latvia. Sugihara uses the samauri maxim "even a hunter cannot kill a bird which flies to him for refuge" as justification for his actions against the commands of his superior at the Foreign Ministry. Thus begins the journey and salvation for thousands of Jews fleeing Europe in 1939.
This is a story you will not forget, it will come to haunt you again and again and one you will wish to share with friends.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever wonder why Japan is not vilified for being a Nazi ally? This book is the answer. 10 July 2014
By Samantha Morse - Published on Amazon.com
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This easily read book delineates a plan devised by some Japanese diplomats and Military elite before WWII that involved settleling Manchuria with European Jews. It was their solution to the "Jewish Question" posited by the Nazis.

It is little known history, but if the Fugu Plan had been sucessful the whole trajectory and tragedy of the Holocaust would have had a completely diferent outcome.

This is a truly informative and interesting book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fugu PLan 3 Mar. 2009
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The book was great! It explained a very complicated idea/ time in history clearly and the details were selected to help the reader understand. The book was both informative and interesting.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humane Japanese Helps Needy Jews 18 Feb. 2015
By Looking for the Rainbow - Published on Amazon.com
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I appreciated that the author had taken a difficult subject to write about but focused on just a few humans of the 20,000 Jews who emigrated to China under Japanese authority. The story stayed focused, was written in novel style and flowed well. Descriptions were vivid and made me glad I live in a different day and time.
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