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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-22-05 08:11 AM
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9. Exactly,. I think people are too quick to gloss this over because
of the Chinese government's less-than-stellar actions. There are still people alive who suffered horribly. China definitely experienced a holocaust at Japanese hands, and the lack of official remorse by the Japanese government has been a continual slap in the face to WWII's survivors. Not teaching what really happened -- or worse, making it sound like it was a GOOD thing they did for China -- is a punch in the face after the slap. I think the rise of RW Nationalism in Japan is directly related to people not being educated about this.

Good point re: the Germans.

As aside: a friend who taught in Japan for two years was once verbally accosted at the Hiroshima Museum. He told the crowd he agreed the atom bomb was bad, but wanted to know when the Japanese government would educate its citizens about Manchuria as much as they had about the US bombing them. They just ignored him.
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