Very nice post, earthfriendly . . . you nver disappoint in bringing forth a good viewpoint.
Wikipedia - I wouldn't rate that very highly as a reputable source of information, but ok - let's just believe that what is written there is acceptable to our discussion.
Japan, Korea and China will NEVER reach an amiable solution to their arguments simply because it is in China and Korea's interest to not do so. Have you ever looked at Korean or Chinese textbooks - you would be surprised at their view of the world.
As soon as China gives up Tibet and apologises for their annexation and mass murders and forced sterilisations (among many many other things) then I will have sympathy for their claims towards Japan. This is the present as opposed to the past.
What we find so often is history by the victors. Judge, jury and executioners all in one corner of the .
We are so indignant about the comfort women (rightly so), Nanking (rightly so) etc . . . that we gloss over the fact that
a) this happened over 60 years ago (two to generations ago)
b) anyone under the age of 75 has no recollection of the times
c) everyone under the age of 75 and not a person in power at the time is still being judged and painted wit the 'guilt' scar.
d) everyone who pays taxes is still paying for their great grandparents governments sins
No apology given will ever be good enough - China and Korea will always find something to criticise. I am only glad that Germany and Austria had better neighbours than these rabid nationalistic hypocrites.
'The Diet hasn't apologised', 'They didn't use these exact words', 'they didn't apologise for taking my grandparent's chickens' . . .
Not so sure about comparing crimes, but I think gassing millions of people pretty much ranks up there as the height of extermination.
Have you ever heard of Mengele? Nasty bastard.
You speak of soldiers laughing at the torture of civilians and imply that this is a Japanese trait. Please look at the history of war, every nation has its animals - China leads the way in many areas.
Speaking of medical experiments by the Japanese and Germans. Where did the results of these experiments end up? Where did the scientists end up?
Try the good old US of A . . . (The best ones anway. Lesser ones went to the USSR, UK and France)
A lot of the stories about textbooks are old and incorrect. What happens is that several textbooks are submitted for the Dept of Education to buy and use. It is among these that you will find a Japanese 'perspective' of the war.
As for Nagasaki and Hiroshima museums - why should they be an indictment of Japan's role in the war? The murder of hundreds of thousands of people by these two instances is considered a war crime by many - not only Japanese. This and the carpet-bombing of German cities are atrocities that are an indictment of the Allied war machine.
The reason that holocaust victims could move on is due to the all-out effort of the German to address and admit to their mistakes. German Chancellor Willy Brandt knelt before the monument of the Warsaw Ghetto to express atonement for Nazis wrongdoing.
Many holocaust victims could not move on - how can one after such a tragedy. War is a tragedy - irrespective of who was killed when, where or how. China and Korea are the two countries that are not allowing for the healing process to take place - they are the ones who fan the flames of nationalism and hatred time and again for their own selfish gains. Germany made huge war reparations and admitted it's mistakes far less often than the Japanese, but there must come a time to stop.
How would you explain to a 20-year old man or woman, just entering the jobfront why a portion of their taxes go to war reparations - NOW!? These people were born in the late 1980's, a full 40!!! years after the war ceased. I think it's time to stop.
Likewise what will it achieve if 20-year old Japanese see their emperors and Prime Minsters apologise again and again to a belligerent China and ludicrously nationalistic Korea (where the importation of Japanese cars was banned until just a short while ago) on their behalf? huh, on their behalf? Why should these 20-year olds feel bad about what happened so long again?
Kishi was the founding father of the long-dominant Liberal Democratic Party and his grandson, Abe Shinzo, is considered the front runner to replace Koizumi Junichiro as prime minister later this year.”