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Posted 8/13/14
The emperor for the last six hundred years or so has been no more than a figure head with little real power. Before then, more power was held by retired emperors who could rule without the ceremonial duties. The erosion of their power was mainly the only reason the imperial family continued to exist in Japan and during the late Meiji and Taisho periods the idea of the emperor as an organ of the state came to front. Furthermore, it was the US forces than wanted to use that same figural power to combat communism that nothing happened to the emperor. He was actually safer with Japan in united States hands than with the military government as there was a movement to have him replaced by his brother should he exert too much effort in trying to end the war. Most amazing is that the army head allowed the surrender to go ahead as he could have resigned from the cabinet which would have forced a delay that most certainly led to continued air raids and starvation in Japan.
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Posted 8/13/14
Conservatism became deeply entrenched during Japan's Showa period as some of have mentioned earlier, and furthermore unlike Germany, Japan did not have its own "denazification" equivalent, only military officers to be tried.

There is no refuting the events and atrocities that had occurred, but official acknowledgement and pervasive inclusion into academics by the Japanese government will do little to improve relations if that is the solution and anticipated outcome, although that does not mean they should not. Resentment and racism is subdued (perhaps slowly subsiding) and overlaid by the glitz of modernity in East Asia, but that period of time (First and Second Sino-Japanese war, Japanese colonization, the Pacific Theater) is a convenient political tool that makes citizens of affected countries forget their grievances and replace it with nationalistic fervor. The governments conveniently drum up and organize anti-Japanese/ US rallies, or call for Pan-Asian hegemony.

As I'm sure everyone is aware, Japan is of protectorate status. If the JSDF were to go beyond their mandate and become a standing army, that in turn would raise concern from the key Asian powers no doubt. That is the sort of watchful consideration and paranoia, that is the result of half a century of conflict, especially if there is an viewpoint of which nation was the aggressor.
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To this day the Japanese (government) is in the wrong when it comes to WWII war crimes. Germany has publicly apologized, has disowned more or less anything associated with the Nazis and has gone out of its way to right the wrongs by providing scholarships to the descendants of Jews and to educate their population about the wrongs committed during the war and has passed laws to ensure they do not happen again. Japan to this day considers to make excuses for its war crimes, even at times honoring murderers. I like Japan and its culture as a whole, but the Japanese Nationalist government owes it to the descendants of the victims of the Japanese Empire a formal apology and to stop white-washing its own history.
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Posted 8/18/14

DesuMaiden wrote:

Boycott all anime and Japanese products if you want the Japs to pay for their war crimes!


What good would that do. The average Japanese person is not to blame, neither is its industry which has provided many technological advances post WWII. The problem is a Nationalistic government that pretends that the country did no wrong during WWII and that is wrong.
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Speaking of Japanese war practices. It seems the current leadership there are bent on turn Japan into a force to be reckoned with again. Good for them.
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Posted 8/26/14

GayAsianBoy wrote:

if the usa or Chinese or anyone else is so hellbent on having everyone in the world acknowledge the horrors of the Japanese war crimes, why don't they start by acknowledging their own war crimes in history and IN PRESENT day, too?

americans for example, like to paint themselves as the good guys and victim in the Vietnam war, when there were casualties on both sides, and the Iraq war when the US soldiers were found to be raping some 8 year old civilian in front of her family. why don't they portray this in their movie?

I notice people wanting to focus on the Japanese, yet give other countries a free pass.


The Japanese actions before and during WW2 were policy, not the depraved acts of criminal elements within their armed forces. The better correlation with modern day US policies would be drone strikes. The better historical US correlation would be the frontier wars against Native Americans. Many US citizens still don't acknowledge the atrocities that the US committed in the 19th century. The popular view (outside the US) that all US soldiers are thugs and rapists is offensive. There are criminal elements in every society and those elements always find their way into the military.

Frankly, I think it is time for Asia (and the US) to move on. The Japanese have a right to their own view on things, as do we. Dwelling on the past is not good for anybody. China of all people, pointing fingers at the Japanese for human rights violations is hypocritical. South Korea and the other, less powerful countries in the region need to decide whether they are willing to forgive the Japanese and build alliances with them or whether they are comfortable with being Chinese lackeys. Either way they will have to overlook some pretty heinous stuff. The question is whether it will be events from 70 years ago or things that are going on right now.
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The Death March in the Philippines
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In you look at the globe, Philippines is just under Japan.

It's one of the countries that is easily accessible based on location.
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Pearl Harbor wasn't a war crime. It was a legitimate attack on a military instillation.

The Japanese conducted a number of war crimes during WW2. You have to not look at the entire nation though and its people. It is individuals and certain units that did such horrible things. However, the nation is accountable for these people and their actions. Why the Japanese weren't punished as harshly as Germany? I think two nuclear bombs was enough punishment to the Japanese people.


Posted 8/28/14
Japanese occupation of Korea was pretty grim and brutal. Enslaving the young girls/women and using them as "service girls" to sexually satisfy the troops, forcing the men to labor in rice fields day and night. It was war so it's not surprising.
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Posted 8/28/14

AiYumega wrote:

Japanese occupation of Korea was pretty grim and brutal. Enslaving the young girls/women and using them as "service girls" to sexually satisfy the troops, forcing the men to labor in rice fields day and night. It was war so it's not surprising.


They also took girls from South East Asia to use as comfort women.

There was also the effort to make Koreans more Japanese by having them take on Japanese names instead of their own.
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Posted 8/31/14
I love it when Koreans still whine and bitch about Japan. Bring it on.
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Posted 8/31/14

Masafuta wrote:


AiYumega wrote:

Japanese occupation of Korea was pretty grim and brutal. Enslaving the young girls/women and using them as "service girls" to sexually satisfy the troops, forcing the men to labor in rice fields day and night. It was war so it's not surprising.


They also took girls from South East Asia to use as comfort women.

There was also the effort to make Koreans more Japanese by having them take on Japanese names instead of their own.



There is a Organization of South Korean women from World War 2 era demand that the Japanese to pay them money for their services ah... Its kind embarrassing.

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Imperial Japanese war crimes were quite atrocious.

Unit 731 (google them for the list of horrors they did)
cannibalism of enemy soldiers.
Use of forced prostitution (comfort women)
gruesome torture and inhumane barbaric experiments
Plague bombs in china (flea bombs).


I'm glad the Japanese are no longer an Imperial nation, as it would have been sad for such a rich culture to be tainted by the inhumanity the corrupted politicians and military created during that era of their history.


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Posted 9/16/14
Just throwing this out there. In addition to the concentration camps Japanese Americans were forced into during WW2, The US bombings of Japan in 1945 killed around half a million civilians. To my knowledge, no one ever served a day in jail for either of those.

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Posted 9/16/14

AzazelOfNexium wrote:

Imperial Japanese war crimes were quite atrocious.

Unit 731 (google them for the list of horrors they did)
cannibalism of enemy soldiers.
Use of forced prostitution (comfort women)
gruesome torture and inhumane barbaric experiments
Plague bombs in china (flea bombs).


I'm glad the Japanese are no longer an Imperial nation, as it would have been sad for such a rich culture to be tainted by the inhumanity the corrupted politicians and military created during that era of their history.




Cannibalism on dead or mortally wounded since food supplies were running short from '43 onward*
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