Japan’s Hawkish PM Abe Visits Controversial Shrine That Honors War Criminals

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, second from left, is led by a Shinto priest as he visits Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26, 2013

He could only stay away for so long. On Dec. 26, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, where wartime criminals are honored. It was exactly a year after the conservative Prime Minister had taken office. Although the hawkish Abe had until today avoided visiting the religious site while Prime Minister, he had said that one of his regrets during his first stint as Japan’s leader (Sept. 2006 to Sept. ’07) was not personally paying his respects at Yasukuni. His arrival at the Shinto shrine, complete with a solemn morning suit, was broadcast live on Japanese TV.

Yasukuni honors the nation’s 2.5 million wartime dead, including those convicted of committing atrocities during imperial Japan’s march across Asia in the past century. A history museum located on the shrine’s leafy grounds downplays Japan’s brutal World War II record, labeling the Nanking Massacre, in which Japanese soldiers engaged in a weeks’-long slaughter in the former Chinese capital, a mere “incident,” among other revisionist claims.

Since coming to power for the second time a year ago, Abe has proved a muscular and decisive leader — a contrast to his less effectual first term. He has launched a fiscal-reform package dubbed Abenomics and has beefed up the country’s military profile, warning that Japan must contend with a rising and more assertive China.

(MORE: Japan’s PM Abe Faces Quandary Over Visiting Controversial Shrine That Honors War Criminals)

Earlier this month, Abe signed off on the largest defense-budget hike in nearly two decades, albeit a mere 2.2% increase in spending year on year. Some of the money will be used to bolster Japan’s defense of contentious islets in the East China Sea that Tokyo administers but to which Beijing also lays claim. Last month, the Chinese government announced the formation of an East China Sea Air-Defense-Identification Zone that encompassed those bits of rock, as well as other territory claimed by South Korea.

Despite being a member of Japan’s largely pacifist postwar generation, Abe has called for Japan to transform its military into a more conventional force. Under the current Japanese constitution, which was written by the victorious Americans after World War II, the Japanese armed forces are prohibited from any offensive military action.

Abe’s own grandfather, a wartime Minister of Industry, was once arrested as a suspected war criminal by Allied occupation forces. But the charges never stuck and he went on to serve as a postwar Prime Minister. In a memoir called Toward a Beautiful Country, Abe described his maternal grandfather Nobusuke Kishi as a “sincere statesman who only thought about the future of his country.” While Prime Minister in the late 1950s, Kishi, like many other Japanese leaders after him, visited Yasukuni too.

That didn’t spark much international outcry then. But the shrine now occupies a far more sensitive place in regional geopolitics. No sitting Japanese Prime Minister has visited Yasukuni since 2006. East Asian nations, particularly China, are sure to decry Abe’s pilgrimage. Hopes for an easing of regional tensions with the dawn of a new year just faded.

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DanielOliverJost
DanielOliverJost

He's like the pathetic Japanese Uyoku Dantai rightwingers blaring out military songs from cheap loudspeakers mounted on their black vans...and stuck in 1945. The Japanese George W. Bush.


Do the words aberrant and absurd also derive from Abe?

DerekChen
DerekChen

i believe using the word IQ should not be so quite overused, after all intelligent quotient is not quite accurate. I am chinese myself, and although i do not find the matter of visiting the shrine a matter of great consequence, my parents(the elder generation) deem it a grave matter. There is hatred, you see, between the chinese and japanese due to the war, yet i have no hatred for them. The new generation is not the old generation. People change overtime, and most likely for better

MichioArai
MichioArai

We Japanese enshrine (a)ancient mythical gods and spirits, (b)spirits of the dead with power, with no regard to good or evil, (c)

beasts, such as dragons, tigers, fox, or big trees, (d)seas and mountains, (e) other numinous matters, the most famous M.Norinaga (1730-1801) says.

We pray them not to curse but bless us, and rest peacefully. It is highly ridiculous to deem that prime minister Abe's visit to

Yasukuni leads to the resurrection of militaristic Japan.

TyphoonLee
TyphoonLee

This Japanese Shrine (Yasukuni Shrine) is different from the regular Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ! The latter is a generalized memorial, not dedicated to any specific person, but the armed forces in general. But Yasukuni Shrine is totally different, it memorialises Japanese soldiers with specific names, and the worst is that it also includes the names of 14 Class-A documented war criminals (same level as Hilter, Joseph Goebbels, Goring, Himmler, etc), and the names of around 1000 Class-B war criminals. It is completely different from the regular unknown solder tombs in other countries !!!

Think this way: this Japanese shrine is more the equivalent if Germany had a shrine dedicated to their fallen soldiers (with all their names listed in the Shrine). Well till now everything looks Okay if all names are of normal solders. However, what's unacceptable is that the Shrine also includes the names of Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler, and so forth. It wouldn't be very diplomatic for the German Chancellor to visit a memorial and pay respects to a list of names that include Hitler, Goebbels, and Himmler, now would it? Just remove these Class-A war criminal names from the shrine please !!

Is it Okay for German Chancellor to visit a shrine which also includes Adolf Hitler's name (if there's one) or German choose to erect one. What would be the reaction from the Jewish community and western world??

Tiathe
Tiathe

China and Korea will never forgive Japan until they suck up all Japanese money.

It is obvious which country is really tormented.

The two countries are greedy hyenas.


Abe is PM, one of the politicians who are demanded to deal with the country's economics.

Japanese emperor has never visited Yaskuni shrine since WW2 has ended.

sunny^-^
sunny^-^

He was not angering China or Korea, he was angering the whole human being. I just can't understand why he did so.Now the conflicts between China and Japan are becoming more and more terrible,will he be satisfied when he sees WWIII break out?Crazy behavior 

kazehiita
kazehiita

Hi, I'm a Japanese living in Tokyo.

First of all, please dismiss my poor English because English is my second language.


As reported, Japanese PM Abe visited the Yasukuni shrine on 12/26.

On the same day, one celebrirty star called Haruka Christine, half-Swiss and half-Japanese, was asked how she felt about PM's visit to Yasukuni in a TV show. 

To this, she introduced some voices that are actually heard in other countries; "Overseas, there are some people who compares this (PM's visit to Yasukuni) to German leaders visiting Hitler's grave. I think it's a very difficult problem."

After this was aired, Haruka Christine was immediately bashed by the internet media. Her blog and twitter filled with hater's comments, asking for her apology for "saying that Yasukuni is Hitler's grave", which isn't what she actually said. 

Actually, what Haruka Christine said wasn't even her opinion, she just introduced an example of how foreigners are watching the Yasukuni controversy. But now, some internet medias are writing posts about her, as if she is the one who's thinking that Yasukuni is like Hitler's grave.


I think this shows a very bad side of Japan, because it is clear that she is getting bashed just because she is not a pure Japanese, and that the Japanese media is actually occupied with close-minded people who are racists and wouldn't accept other country's opinions.


Japanese people are often described as "humble and quiet" but this is the reality that other countries don't know. So, I hope some international media would take some time to report this incident, that, a non-Japanese star who introduced an anti-Yasukuni opinion, got bashed in a country that claims they will protect your freedom to have an opinion. I already sent this message to some major news-sites.



Ender
Ender

There is an obvious reason why Japan is not viewed by the rest of Asia in the same way that Germany is viewed by the rest of Europe. While both have a similarly vile wartime atrocities against civilians, Germany acknowledged that they committed unthinkable crimes, they taught their young about it, and resolved to never go down the same path again. Japan however, routinely denies their crimes against humanity (which in many circumstances were even more extreme than the Nazis), whitewashed these crimes in their history textbooks, and is now led by a right winger who is intent on remilitarising the country. Imagine the fallout if Angela Merkel went to pay her respects to a shrine honouring convicted Nazi war criminals. What would be the reaction from survivors of the Holocaust and their families?

Tiger-Pi
Tiger-Pi

The dead of WWII have already been forgotten by all,even by their close relations.  But the Japanese do have every right to commemorate their dead and do not need any clearance from another country to conduct memorial   ceremonies. All this posturing by the Chinese and Korean appear immature and for local consumption. It is about time, Time ignored such propaganda  and concentrated on real news for a change.

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samx3460
samx3460

Japan will never be respected as long as they do not truthfully accept the war time history.

Abe is bring Japan to a danagous and dark path.

Hein
Hein

All this begging for apologies for what happened almost fifty years ago I will never understand. To me, China and Korea will never accept any form of apology from Japan, sincere or not. The only way they're going to be satisfied is to do to Japan what Japan did to them in WWII and we can't have that now can we? 


From an outsider's perspective, this triangle of hate has crossed the line of immaturity a long time ago and all parties need someone to kick some sense into them and look ahead not back.

fankela
fankela

It's all good, because German chancellors have been worshiping Hitler all the time. Why do we single out Japan?

PrestonNickolasAlexander
PrestonNickolasAlexander

A visit, as a private citizen, not the leader of Japan...that would have been more appropriate and would have sent a different message entirely.

PrestonNickolasAlexander
PrestonNickolasAlexander

Nice job, Abe!


Poking your stick into the eye of the Chinese and Koreans while proclaiming a desire for peace and friendship.


It's becoming a close race to see which country wins the race to drag America into yet another war, Japan or Israel.

EFRRRRr
EFRRRRr

As for this problem, it was politicized after the late 1980s by the Chinese government. This is not the problem that occurred naturally after the WW2 but was made to criticize Japan permanently and intentionally.


azmalhome
azmalhome

it define that Japan already forgot the hurt of the world war 2. that's why Japan try to confront on conflict with the china for getting a new hurt for innocent Japanese and Chinese. http://azmalhome.wordpress.com/

Lionson
Lionson

As a young Chinaman,I wanna tell my little  naughty Japan neighbor: Remember the history ,but forget the hatred.

PaulBodnick
PaulBodnick

What a jerk. Antagonizing Japan's neighbors.

MasakiMiyamoto
MasakiMiyamoto

<Yasukuni Shrine>http://youtu.be/FsnXujErIL0

The war dead of war of many which Japan fought are commemorated.

We fight for a country and must not forget the respect to those who paid the sacrifice.


Yasukuni Shrine is made into "The problem for a political strife." 

However, a problem does not exist.


A communist denies religion. It is opposed to worship.

What is necessary is just to go away from Japan, 

if Japan's traditional memorial service is disagreeable.


Communist China and South Korea.Only two countries have said the claim.

The claim of only two countries is Out of the question foolish.


South Korea is on August 15, 1948. It became independent of the U.S. occupied territory.

Communist China was founded on October 1, 1949.


Japan has not warred with these two countries.

Both countries founded a state after the end of WWII.


These two countries have not signed Peace Treaty signed in San Francisco.

Naturally, two countries are not victorious nations.


The Japanese government should eliminate the absurd interference in domestic affairs.

JoanneD
JoanneD

@DerekChen Why I'm not surprised when I saw your profile picture. Well, if you could use the time you watch cartoon to read some history, people might have a chance not to question your IQ in the future.  

TyphoonLee
TyphoonLee

@DerekChenYou better ask this question to Jews and Europeans. Just imagine if Germany builds a shrine and put Hitler's name inside, and then German Chancellor visits and pays respect to such a shrine, what would Europeans and Jews community around the world react ?

FrancisYeo
FrancisYeo

@MichioArai  This is the usual rot and garbage the Japanese spew out like vomit. Go and tell the remaining survivors of your chemical and germ warfare that it is "ridiculous". Go tell the women raped and coerced into Japanese army brothels. Go tell the relatives of beheaded men and women. Go tell the sons and daughters of the slave army working in Japanese railway and other projects. The Germans suffered invasion into the heart of their capital and their women raped by Russian soldiers, but the Japanese escaped all and every vengeance, especially from the Russians who were hunting Japanese in China. NHK showed frightened Japanese hiding from the Russians. They did not look like they could bury anyone live at all, but they did. Please save your lies for your own countrymen. I do not trust any Japanese.

TyphoonLee
TyphoonLee

"We Japanese enshrine (a)ancient mythical gods and spirits, (b)spirits of the dead with power, with no regard to good or evil, ..."

<<<

LOL what a joke ! According to your logic, Germans could also enshrine Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler and Hermann Göring, etc., "with no regard to good or evil" (heck, were Hitler and Himmler evil ?). 

Just imagine if Germany builds such a shrine and puts the above names inside, and German Chancellor visits the shrine, what the whole world would react and say? Please stop trying to challenge the human conscience and intelligence !


qingch.lee
qingch.lee

@Tiathe Please say something with fact not with emotion! It's nonsense to think with emotion instead of IQ

Tiathe
Tiathe

@kazehiita


The first, Haruka Christine is not bashed because of she is not a pure Japanese.

Kazehiita san, please imagine how do you feel if your grandfather's grave called Hitler's grave, don't forget Yasukuni shrine is not only ehshrined Class A war criminals but also the people who died during the war. Everyday many people visit the shrine.


I totally agree with the Japanese media is occupied with close-minded people who are actually Korean born in Japan.

Even Haruka Christine's agency is managed by Korean. 

3/4 of Yakuza (Japanese mafia) are consisted by those people,

70% of criminals happen in Japan is caused by them.




Tiger-Pi
Tiger-Pi

@kazehiita  It shocks me to hear that there is intolerance within Japan by    those who believe the Japanese army during WWII did not commit any atrocities in the countries they overan. They are defying history and documented proof. Of course any Japanese citizen has the right to pray at a war grave. But they cannot prevent free speech  and cricism by people like Haruka over the insensitivity of the PM of Japan visiting the shrine at Ysukuni.  Let me relate this story. An Indian worker in Sembawang,Singapore during the War, witnessed  the brutal murder of a Chinese prisoner of war. He had been hiding in a nearby hut as he was suffering from malarial fever. The prisoner was tortured and his neck split with a sword.The Indian, who is now dead, never forgot this incident and had nightmares for many years.  Unfortunately, the victims of wars can never forget the atrocities committed by the invaders, whether it was the Huns, Visigoths, Mongol hordes, the incidents in Armenia, Kosovo, Iraq-Kuwait war, Vietnam, Cambodia, Papua New Guniea or the horrendous  treatment of the Jews, Russians, Romas and other Europeans by the Nazis during WWII. We must admit the Japanese army had committed atrocities and war crimes in Korea, China, Phillipines, the Malay Penissula, the Indonesian islands and almost all the islands in the Pacific they overan. If the Japanese  today want to show that they have absorbed the  cardinal values of Zen Buddhism or Shinto, they must    learn  compassion  and humane values. It ill bodes their own ancestors,in the Yakuni graves,  if they go on denying these  war crimes against humanity. 

simashuo
simashuo

@Tiger-Pi Will you say the same thing if Germany were to worship Nazis in a shrine and Angela Merkel pay homage to Nazis? You must understand that they are worshiping War Criminals. 

Blahhhh
Blahhhh

@HeinLet me see if I understand you...So you are saying that they just shouldn't bother apologizing because it was so long ago and there's no way Korea and China will ever accept it?  That makes perfect sense... How about they actually apologize for once by putting the full history of WWII into their history books instead of WWII Asia lite-version and pay reparations to the people they forced into prostitution and families of people they used as their personal lab rats for biological warfare testing. Lets see how far that will get them first instead of mouthing an apology and then leaving out the important parts of the war in their history books.


Just because 50 years ago seems way too long ago for you doesn't mean that it doesn't feel like yesterday to people who had to experience those atrocities first hand.  These people never got the apology they deserved and for all they know it might all happen again because it doesn't seem Japan even seems remotely sincere about regretting what they did to them and visiting that shrine reinforces that notion. Show these people some respect, they went through things that you can't even begin to imagine.  I had to write a paper on this topic years ago and the images and the stories I saw and read were incredibly disturbing, I had to do a presentation on it for class and people had to cover their eyes to some of the images because of how disturbing they were.  Just because all you (and most of the western countries and Japan) may know and remember about WWII in Asia is that Americans nuked Japan and then felt guilty about it,"The End" doesn't mean that it isn't a far far cry from the whole story of WWII in Asia-Pacific so pull out a real history book and enlighten yourself.

Blahhhh
Blahhhh

@HeinLet me see if I understand you...So you are saying that they just shouldn't bother apologizing because it was so long ago and there's no way Korea and China will ever accept it?  That makes perfect sense... How about they actually apologize for once by putting the full history of WWII into their history books instead of WWII Asia lite-version and pay reparations to the people they forced into prostitution and families of people they used as their personal lab rats for biological warfare testing. Lets see how far that will get them first instead of mouthing an apology and then leaving out the important parts of the war in their history books.


Just because 50 years ago seems way too long ago for you doesn't mean that it doesn't feel like yesterday to people who had to experience those atrocities first hand.  These people never got the apology they deserved and for all they know it might all happen again because it doesn't seem Japan even seems remotely sincere about regretting what they did. Show these people some respect, they went through things that you can't even begin to imagine.  I had to write a paper on this topic years ago and the images and the stories I saw and read were incredibly disturbing, I had to do a presentation on it for class and people had to cover their eyes to some of the images because of how disturbing they were.  Just because all you (and most of the western countries and Japan) may know and remember about WWII in Asia is that Americans nuked Japan and then felt guilty about it,"The End" doesn't mean that it isn't a far far cry from the whole story of WWII in Asia-Pacific so pull out a real history book and enlighten yourself.

dadada
dadada

@Hein  so... you think it would be just fine, if a German chancellor went to pay her respects to a shrine honoring convicted Nazi war criminals or Hitler's grave while having a bad relationship with French, British, American and Israeli???


You must be one of those brainwashed far right Japanese....



Blahhhh
Blahhhh

You do realize that China was sucked into a civil war right after WW2 then had the task of re-building their entire country pretty much by themselves from the ground up after being raided of all their wealth by several countries and corrupt officials starting from the late Qing dynasty, right? Do you honestly think their government had the time to deal with Japan prior to 1980?

dadada
dadada

@MasakiMiyamoto  You think it would be just fine, if a German chancellor went to pay her respects to a shrine honoring convicted Nazi war criminals or Hitler's grave while having a bad relationship with French, British, American and Israeli???


You must be one of those brainwashed far right Neo Nazi Japanese....

homework4add
homework4add

@MasakiMiyamoto "We fight for a country and must not forget the respect to those who paid the sacrifice."

But if you honor those war criminals who started the war (such as Tojo), it's entirely different.


The problem is not those 2.6 million Japanese soldiers enshrined there, the problem is Tojo and his buddies. Japanese soldiers were war victims, too, but war criminals are criminals, and paying respect to them is same as paying respect to devils.


The shrine was built in late 19th century, and it's now used to honor criminals of Second World War, so it's not one of those Japan's "traditional memorial service". Even Japanese people and politicians are opposed to PM's visit to Yakusuni Shrine.


Both China and South Korea have formal peace treaties with Japan, and San Francisco Treaty is not the only option. Neither People's Republic of China nor Republic of China signed San Francisco Treaty because of civil war, and neither of them recognizes it because they didn't participate in.


Talking about peace treaty, the only country that hasn't signed formal peace treaty with Japan is Russia.


braddd
braddd

@MasakiMiyamoto There is a problem.  The problem here is that the Japanese government knows how these visits irritate their neighboring countries yet they continue to do so.  That is why your neighbors think that Japanese are insensitive to their plight.  You cannot understand because you are Japanese.  Put yourself in the shoes of those that suffered!  Have some compassion.  All you can think about is your tradition, your "right" to go there.  Yes you have that right, but you also have the right to think about others.  Can't you see how things would change if Japan makes a 180 attitude change about this?  A China/Japan/S Korea pact would eventually be the most powerful technological and economical powerhouse.  But keep with your stubbornness will only bring more instability - and think about it - maybe your own destruction.  You think the US people want to risk their lives protection you over some tiny rocks or your "time honored" traditions? 

MichioArai
MichioArai

@FrancisYeo

@MichioArai

A movie titled Hannah Arendt are showing now. Prof. Arendt declares that the primal sin is to negate the existence of a people, men, women and children included. They extinguish the people without any reason, only because the people are there.

It is the crime against humanity, and it spreads over the globe today, where there are problems of ethnic minority. They do not hesitate to annihilate women and children.

You are acknowledged to hold a historical perception that Japanese army at WW2 committed brutal crimes indiscriminately in the battlefield, though I do not share it. The Nurembeg trial recognized the crime against humanity by the accused, but the Tokyo trial did not. The executed as war criminals were admitted in 1953 as vocational death.

Do not hate the Japanese people. If you want to eliminate them from over the world, then you are a Hitler.

MichioArai
MichioArai

@TyphoonLee Godhood among Japanese differs from that of other people. God of Christians or Islam is One and only, omnipotent and transcendental. Gods (this word might be more appropriate to be replaced by awe-inspiring something) of Japanese are omnipresent, in myriads and close to people. Some of them are evil and violent, so we soothe them to rest in peace, or confine them in shrines. If evil, they also have a merciful side, so we beseech blessings of them.

From the ancient times we Japanese honored and worshipped the ones as gods who gave their lives to serve people and the country.

70% of Japanese pay the New Year's first visit to each local shrines now. The religious beliefs of the people cannot change easily as you change your clothes.

JoanneD
JoanneD

@Tiathe @kazehiita  Your grandfather should be put in comparison with Hitler if he actually committed the equivalent sins of murder. If not, you should not blame that singer or anyone but the decision-maker who built this joke, who put your grandfather's, a decent man's grave next to monsters'. Visit a place as much as you are willing to, as long as it does not contain segments of criminals who killed thousands, or even millions of innocent people.

homework4add
homework4add

@Tiger-Pi "It's a lie. Japan didn't invade any country or any civilian. Japan was the innocent victim that was attacked by other countries; Japan was trying to save Asia from western colonialism, but it failed because of America. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were nuked by the US, you should alway remember it"

p56741944
p56741944

@simashuo@Tiger-Pi How do you feel if Park geon hye visit a grave of his father who was a high rank officer of Japanese imperial army and a military dictator of his country.

Does it means she believes dictatorship?

Tiger-Pi
Tiger-Pi

@simashuo@Tiger-Pi I have already replied elsewhere. You are mistaken in believing that Japanese or Germans 'worship' war criminals! They only pray before the graves and that does not mean they 'worship' the dead like gods. Remember that many of the  'brave' soldiers in war graves in the US and UK and elsewhere  had killed other soldiers or civilians during the conflict before falling victims and dying. Killing is not justified by any religion. Unforntunately  most of those who died during WWII have been forgotten by the present day generation. Most of the 'prayers' offered over war graves are merely   for ceremony or for political reasons. How many  visitors who offer flowers and wreaths at the grave of Gandhi or Ataturk , really know about them or their sacrifices?

twofacedcallout
twofacedcallout

@braddd@MasakiMiyamotoWell if you love China so much why don't you move there and fight for them?  They are a one-party dictatorship that murdered hundreds of thousands of their own citizens, never mind what Japan did in the war - Chinese value human life not at all, only $$$ and staying with hookers when they visit the West. 

JoanneD
JoanneD

@MichioArai @TyphoonLee  The bahaviour of Abe seems a little bit more human IN COMPARISON TO someone here regards war criminals as his gods. Well, in comparison to the latter, demons might be white with angel wings.

TyphoonLee
TyphoonLee

@MichioArai What Japanese did in WW2 was no difference from what Nazi did in WW2 ! That's why there were 14 Japanese class-A war criminals convicted after WW2, and similarly in Germany, Hitler, Himmler, Goring, Goebbels, etc, were all Class-A war criminals as well.

MichioArai
MichioArai

@TyphoonLee Please do not insult Germans. They never build a shrine to put Hitlers inside. They are Christians. The assumption itself is misleading.

Hitlers gave their lives to Nazis, not to their country. Germans think so.

TyphoonLee
TyphoonLee

@MichioArai : okay, so let's assume if Germany builds a similar shrine and put Adolf Hitler and Heinrich Himmler's name inside (both are class-A war criminals, same as the 14 class-A war criminals in Yasukuni Shrine), would you be happy with that? And what would you predict the reactions from the whole world if German Chancellor visits and pays respect to such a shrine? Compare Japan with Germany, then you'll see what's wrong. Germany is at ease with its neighbors. Japan is not. And there are some obvious reasons. The Yasukuni shirine is one of reasons. I guarantee if Germany builds such a shrine and put Hitler & Goring & Himmler's name inside, the relationship between Germany and its neighbors would be totally different from today's situation.

qingch.lee
qingch.lee

@homework4add

Which country needs your salvation ? Can I invade your house and take away your belongings,kill your people and burn your house to save you ? what a low IQ lie!

According to your logic I can say the reason why Americans bormed 广岛 长崎 in order to save Japanese.History can not be distorted.

Ender
Ender

@homework4add @Tiger-Pi  What do the quotation marks mean? Yes, I agree what you quoted is what Japanese children have been taught in school since WW2, and that is the source of a lot of resentment between Chinese/Koreans and Japanese. Japanese atrocities are as well documented as the Holocaust, yet the Japanese continue to deny it. It is the same as Holocaust deniers on the national level. Except the difference is, Holocaust denial is condemned around the world while Japanese atrocity denial is an accepted national educational curriculum.

JoanneD
JoanneD

@Tiger-Pi @simashuo  

1. Neither did US nor UK initiate the War.2. The apologetic behaviours of Germans made them forgiven by the Jewish, but how could Chinese/Koreans forgive the Japanese if they think they did nothing wrong? 3. Please don't think that everyone is as cold-blood as you. We do remember who lost their lives to sweep out the Japanese invasion. 4. Abe needs to be responsible for his political actions both within Japan and internationally. While he's gaining votes from Japanese right-wings, he should be prepared for international condemnation.