Japanese war crimes occurred in Korea, China, and other Asian countries during the period of Japanese imperialism, primarily during World War II. Some of the incidents have been described as an Asian Holocaust. Most war crimes were committed by military personnel from the Empire of Japan in the late 19th century. Historians and governments of some countries hold Japanese military forces and the Imperial Japanese family, especially Emperor Hirohito, responsible for killings and other crimes committed against millions of civilians and prisoners of war. Some Japanese soldiers have admitted to committing these crimes. However, Abe, the Japanese prime minister, told lawmakers on Tuesday that he does not believe Japan's occupation of other Asian countries during World War II can be considered “invasions.“ Abe claimed there are no set international or academic definitions of the word, and that it depends on the point of view of individual countries. Abe’s claims are simply absurd. It's like saying Hitler's invasion of Poland wasn't really an invasion. If a German chancellor had said the same thing, he or she would have had to resign.