Sadly Japan, and I am referring to the official and political side of this nation, is a country that cannot face up to its past, a past of such unmitigated evil - genocide in Nanjing, brutal use of Asian and Dutch women as sex slaves for its soldiers, torturing western priests and civilians - that it thinks if its people learn of those atrocities it is being masochistic. So in typical Japanese fashion, instead of being masochistic (though I don’t see the Germans complaining of this) it strives instead to be deceitful by whitewashing its WWII barbarism. Unlike Germany, it lacks the common decency and civilized mores to stand up to the realities of history and say, “Never again!”
It has removed its genocidal atrocities of Nanjing and the sex slaves issue from some of its school text books again. The Japanese government pleaded or pretended that it has no control, and that the revisionism does not represent Japan’s official views, even though it has been the Education Ministry which approved the use of those revisionist text books. Its rightwing elements are so powerful that even prime minister Koizumi has to kowtow to those unrepentant barbarians.
Such a nation without a sense of civilized repentance and moral courage should not deserve a leading status on the world stage, such as a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council. I have no doubt that both Koreas and China will do their utmost to deny Japan what she yearns for, political recognition consistent with her economic status.
The only bright light in this sordid affair has been the courage of some Japanese citizens in protesting against the revisionism.
On the other hand, the gloomy and disappointing aspect has been the conspicuous and complete silence of the Western nations on the Japanese moral recalcitrancy, but who were most vociferous when Prince Harry spotted a Nazi armband to a fancy dress party (for God sake, just a fancy dress function for a young bloke) or some Singapore school kids still in their teens selecting Adolf Hitler as their ideal leader. The Chinese and Koreans should employ some Jewish consultants to advise them on how to handle the Japanese resistance to civilised behaviour.
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