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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

26 Friday, June 22, 1919



Win Koch Prize

REHOVOT— The Robert
Koch Prize in the Medical
Sciences has been awarded
this year to Prof. Ruth
Arnon of the Weizmann In-
stitute's Chemical Im-
munology Department and
to Prof. Peter Starlinger,
director of the Institute of
Genetics at the University
of Cologne.

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By ALLEN A. WARSEN

Marvin Tokayer and
Mary Swartz authored,"The
Fugu Plan" (Paddington
Press Ltd.)
The book consists of three
parts and includes an intro-
duction, glossary of He-

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brew, Yiddish and Japanese
terms and original photo-
graphs.
In the "Introduction" To-
kayei records the genesis of
the history of his discovery
of the "Fugu" venture. He
notes that his interest in the
plan began in 1968 when he
became the spiritual leader
of the Japanese Jewish
community.

As he established
closer ties with his con-
gregants, he became fas-
cinated by their anec-
dotes and tales they were
relating about their ex-
periences.

Realizing "that no one
had yet put together a col-
lection of those remarkable
experiences," he began trac-
ing their roots and weaving
them together. "For three
years," he writes, "I took
notes, taped interviews and
gained familiarity with the
sometimes scarcely believ-
able story of the flight of
thousands of Polish Jews
away from the threatening
hand of one Axis nation
right into the apparently
welcoming arms of an-
other."
Then, unexpectedly, he
discovered volumes of
documents in the possession
of the Japanese Jewish
resident, Michael Kogan,
that revealed "a scheme for
manipulating world Jewry
into `The Fugu Plan."
Naming the documents
the Kogan Papers, the
author started tracking
down the people "who had
actually been involved with
the "Fugu Plan." . They in-
cluded the widow of Navy
Captain, Koreshige _ In-
uzuka, one of the "Fugu"
planners. The others were
the son of a Col. Norihito
Yasue, Mitsugi Shibata, a
Shanghai ex-consul, and
Mitsuzo Triura, the New
York's liaison.

came "Protocol" scholars
and experts.

"Scholarly" studies
multiplied in military
periodicals. They were ti-
tled "Studies in the In-
ternational Conspiracy"
and "Studies on the
Jews." -

The Foreign Ministry, the
"Graimusho," too, became
interested in the Jewish
conspiracy and established
a special secret bureau to
gather information on
world Jewry.
The "confidential" infor-
mation it obtained consisted
of synagogue bulletins,
extracts from rabbinic ser-
mons, programs of youth ac-
tivities and digests of anti-
Semitic speeches, including
those of Hitler.
Unexpectedly, an idea oc-
curred to certain Japanese
officials: to use Jews to help
develop Manchukuo. The of-
ficials reasoned, "Jewish
settlers, if they could be
brought from Europe, would
provide the creative energy,
the industrial skill, even
the cultural finesse that
Manchukuo needed to
realize its potential. If Jews
established settlements in
Manchukuo, the American
and British Jews who had a
stranglehold on world capi-
tals would naturally be-
come interested in invest-
ing there." -

The proposal to create
a. Jewish territorial cen-
ter in Manchukuo be-
came known as "the
Fugu Plan." (Fugu is the
Japanese term for "blow-
fish whose deadly poison
must be removed before

-it can be eaten.")
"The Fugu Plan," how-
ever, turned out to be noth-
ing more than a mirage. As
a matter of fact, the 17,000
Jews, many of them refu-
gees, residing in Shanghai
threatened total annihila-
tion. This condition was
caused by the then
Reichsfuhrer Hinfmler who
directed Col. Joseph
Meisinger, then chief of the
Gestapo for Japan, China
and Manchukuo, to put
pressure on the Japanese to
liquidate its Jews.
Incidentally, Meisinger,
the notorious "Butcher of
Warsaw," in 1939 had been
responsible for the cold-
blooded murder of more
than 100,000 Jews. At the
close of World War II, he
was arrested by the
Japanese. "After a brief
stay in the United States
where he attempted unsuc-
cessfully to commit
suicide," he was deported to
Germany where he was
tried by the War Crimes
Tribunal in 1946 and was
hanged.
Nevertheless, in 1942,

Meisinger's
diabolical
scheme almost succeeded.
At his initiative, the
Japanese decided, as a first
step, to confine the Jews of
Shanghai in a ghetto and
exterminate them at a later
date.

Parts of the proclama-
tion setting up a ghetto,
dated Feb. 18, 1943, read:
"Due to military neces-

sity, places of residence and
business of the stateless
refugees in the Shangha .
area shall hereafter be
stricted to the undermen-
tioned area in the Interna-
tional Settlement: east of
the line connecting
Chaoufoong Road,
Muirhead Road and Dent
Road; west of the Yangtzpoo
Creek; north of the line con-
necting East Seward Road
and south of the boundary of
the International Settl
ment.
"Persons who will hav
violated this proclamation
or obstructed its re-
enforcement shall be liable
to severe punishment."
It is important to ern;
phasize that the living con-
ditions in the Shanghai
Ghetto differed little from
those in the ghettos under
Nazi rule.
Luckily, the end of the
war also marked the end of
the Shanghai Ghetto.

(See Commentary,
Page 2)

Warning Against Provocations
in Middle East Negotiations

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
Ambassador Robert
Strauss, addressing his first
Jewish audience since his
appointment.
As President Carter's
chief negotiator in the
Israeli-Egyptian peace
process, cautioned that "for
To gain a better his- this peace treaty to develop
into a true peace during this
toric perspective of the
"Fugu" affair, Tokayerr critical year, there must be
reconstructed the dip- extraordinary mutual polit-
lomatic evolution of ical sensitivity to the prob-
Japan from its inception lems of others."
Strauss, who expects to go
in 1853, the year Commo-
dore Mathew Perry to the Middle East July 1,
addressed- the Scopus
forced Japan to open its
"doors to intercourse" Award dinner of the Ameri-
with the world, through can Friends of the Hebrew
University in New York, at
the Second World War.
In the course of this dip- which he was presented
lomatic development, the with the award.
Japanese became influ-
The American envoy
enced by "The Protocols of stressed that "for this peace
the Elders of Zion" which to become real peace, all
they thought to be a sides must refrain from pro-
genuine document, and vocations and actions that
were awed by the "power" of those not committed to
the Jewish financier, Jacob Peace can manipulate to
Schiff, who had assisted undermine the foundation
their defeat of Czarist Rus- of peace that we havv e al-
sia.
ready built."
The two most prominent
warned
Strauss
military men, Col. Norihiro against public relations
Yasue and the naval officer tactics. "This arduous
Inuzuka, were genuinely process of negotiations
convinced that the Jews cannot be successfully
were actually conspiring to implemented in a public
conquer and dominate the process," he said. "The
world by every means issues will not be solved
possible, including "induc- by public posturing to the
ing immorality into the Washington Post, the
young and creating general New York Times, Al
dissatisfaction among all Ahram or Maariv. Issues
classes."
will be negotiated at the
The circle of believers in a peace table, not at the
Jewish conspiracy rapidly newspaper typesetting
increased. Some of them be- table."

Defense- Minister Ezer
Wellman, meanwhile, pre-
dicted that the U.S. would
pose the greatest obstacle to
success in Middle East
peace negotiations.
"We shall have problems
with the Egyptians, but it
will be the Americans that
will be the most difficult
partner in the autonomy
negotiations," Weizman
said. He accused the U.S. of
being the only, party to the
peace agreement not to
have modified its stance in
any way and to have ad-
justed its attitude to "the
new reality."
Weizman said; "I often
tell my American col-
leagues that while
(President Anwar) Sadat
agreed to recognize Israel
and we agreed the Ameri-
cans are still talking about
the 1967 frontiers with
minor adjustments, just as
they did years ago, as if
nothing new has hap-
pened."

In Washington, the
White House said that it
was "somewhat disap-
pointed" that France has
failed to support the
Israeli-Egyptian peace
treaty, following French
Foreign Minister Jean-
Francois Poncet's talks
with President Carter
and Secretary of State
Cyrus Vance.

accord might turn out to be
a separate peace without
leading-to a solution of the
Palestinian problem.
In a related development,
at the highest U.S. and Is-
raeli official levels in Wash-
ington, the considered opin-
ion is that President Carter
and Soviet President Leonid
Brezhnev will only briefly
discuss Middle East issues
at their Vienna conference
later this month — but
without results that would
significantly alter their
present formulas for a Mid-
dle East settlement.
These officials believe the
leaders of the superpowers
are too involved at present
in their particular ap-
proaches to change them
abruptly. The U.S. is deeply
committed to a "com-
prehensive" settlement
through the Egyptia
Israeli treaty and Cam
David processes.

The Soviets want to
discard the treaty and
accords and settle all at a
Geneva type conference
of "all" the parties in-
cluding the Palestine
Liberation Organization
without preconditions.

The U.S. insists on the
PLO accepting conditions
regarding Israel before
dealing with it.

Israeli Inflation

Presidential Press Secre-
JERUSALEM (ZINS) —
tary Jody Powell referred to
Poncet's refusal to endorse Israeli economists predict
the treaty. The French dip- that the cost of living will
lomat said at a press confer- rise 50 percent in Israel dur-
ence that France feared the ing the coming fiscal year.

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