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Shanhuang, I agree with you
We do not bring the issue up just to start the fight, we want justice.|
I can agree on some points raised by Mencius, that not all Japanese agreed with their government. But they are minorities. Our discussion here is also one way to support them.
For ordinary people, it could be difficult for them to openly apologize for their mistakes. They will be afraid of being lost face and looked down by others. This can explain the attitude of normal Japanese people’s behavior.
A Japanese friend told me his story, when he was a kid, he asked his father what had he been doing during the war. His father cried, and said his only hope is to bring up his children peacefully. He did not want to recall the past, and will keep the experience only to himself.
Japanese right wingers are taking advantage of this.
Looking back in history, the Imperial Government was the representative of big capitalist. The invasion of Korea and China, and consequently South East Asia are actually for the interest of Japanese capitalist. These capitalist escaped responsibility, were not disbanded after the War, and are now controlling the Japanese Government. Hence the attitude taken by Japanese Government is by no means surprising. The denial of war crime, whitewash, and shielding out of the truth to Japanese youth are also for the interest of Japanese Capitalist.
Right wingers will not feel guilty, otherwise they are not right wingers. In their theory, Japan was not lost because they were evil, but only the enemy had atomic bomb. They laid down their arm just by order of the Emperor, not because they were defeated. They come up with hundreds of excuses, just to fool the youngsters, Japanese or non Japanese.
In Miyazaki, there is a huge monument built in Meiji Era, the four Kanji characters means ‘conquer the world’. This remains a dream to Japanese right wingers.
Our job here is not bringing up hatred, but to join with other people, including our Japanese friends, to stop their dream.